Explore the top things to do in Yellow Springs, Ohio! Go hiking, discover murals, go shopping, and eat at favorite Yellow Springs restaurants.
Things To Do In Yellow Springs, Ohio
Known as “Everyone’s Favorite Place,” this hippie town in Ohio is small but packs a wallop. It’s a colorful, diverse, and genuine place where everyone is welcome. We’ve been to Yellow Springs a couple of times now and just love the vibe there. If you’re ever passing through Ohio, we highly recommend you visit.
Where is Yellow Springs, Ohio?
Yellow Springs, Ohio is about 30 minutes east of Dayton and 20 minutes south of Springfield. If you’re looking for day trips from Cincinnati or Columbus, it’s perfectly situated near I-675 and I-70, so the drive is just about an hour from both cities.
Downtown Yellow Springs
Downtown Yellow Springs is fun and eclectic. As you walk down Xenia Avenue, downtown’s main street, you’ll see vibrant colors, friendly people, and a mix of unique shops and eateries. We’re especially fond of the murals and artwork sprinkled throughout Downtown Yellow Springs.
Yellow Springs Shops
One of our favorite things to do in Yellow Springs is to wander the town’s many shops. Most are located on Xenia Avenue, but you’ll also find many on Kings Yard, Corry Street, and Dayton Street.
Yellow Springs shops offer something for everyone; from pottery and jewelry to eco-friendly handmade clothing and comic books. Some of our favorite shops include Asanda Imports, Urban Handmade, Super-Fly Comics & Games, House of Ravenwood, and Little Miami Mercantile which is the gift shop inside the Mills Park Hotel.
Yellow Springs Restaurants
There are plenty of Yellow Springs restaurants and cafes to choose from. One of the most popular is Ye Olde Trail Tavern. It’s one of the top things to do in Yellow Springs because it is the oldest tavern in Ohio! Besides beer and wine, they also have great food. We had a Chicken Kebap that was delicious!
Another place you absolutely must go to is Young’s Jersey Dairy. It’s a working dairy farm and restaurant that sells homemade ice cream and cheese curds! And yes, it is acceptable to eat both at the same time. 😉
About three miles north of town is Brandeberry Winery. We really enjoyed the flight of wine we had (only $6) as well as the peaceful setting of the winery itself. We could have spent all afternoon there!
Additionally, we’d like to point out that there is a very popular beer scene in and around Yellow Springs. In town you’ll find Yellow Springs Brewery and in nearby Xenia and Springfield you’ll find Devil Wind Brewing and Mother Stewart’s Brewing Company, respectively. In nearby Dayton, you’ll find Warped Wing Brewing Company, which comes very highly recommended.
Just east of Downtown Yellow Springs you’ll find Glen Helen, a 1000-acre nature preserve. Inside there are 20 miles of hiking trails, along which visitors will see wildflowers, majestic trees, waterfalls, and the beautiful yellow spring for which the town is named. To facilitate your hike, we recommend downloading the Glen Helen Trail Map.
There’s also a Yellow Springs bike trail that is also very popular. It’s called the Little Miami Scenic Trail, and it is the third longest paved trail in the US. It runs just over 78 miles, from Springfield to Cincinnati, and is paved the entire way making it perfect for biking. From Yellow Springs you can bike north for about seven miles to Springfield or south for about 10 miles to Xenia. The bike trail briefly runs along Glen Helen Nature Preserve.
Pro Tip: Another town we love for its welcoming and vibrant vibe is Provincetown, Massachusetts!
Final Thoughts On Things To Do In Yellow Springs
Since our first visit, we really enjoyed this funky small town and are so happy we’ve been able to go back and visit again. There’s such a strong feeling of community there, with everyone supporting each other. There are no chain restaurants or businesses, only local. And everyone is welcome, no matter your race, religion, gender, or sexuality. We love visiting towns like this, and wish more places around the world would emulate Yellow Springs’ welcoming nature.