10+ Things to do in Yellow Springs Ohio
Yellow Springs, Ohio is a small town located about an hour from Columbus and about 15 minutes from Dayton. Known for its hippie-vibe and outdoor attractions, Yellow Springs is a unique stop in the farmland of Ohio.
Yellow Springs was named after a spring that was discovered in what is now the Glen Helen Nature Preserve around 1800. The spring became a major attraction and health resorts/spas were built around the spring. In 1846, the Little Miami Railroad was completed and Yellow Springs became an important stop on the railroad that connected Cincinnati to Columbus. At the time, Cincinnati was a major manufacturing city and Columbus was the state capital. Now, in 2016, the railroad is long gone and the health resorts have disappeared, but Yellow Springs has gained a reputation for being a nature and arts destination in Ohio.
Where to Eat in Yellow Springs:
- Sunrise Cafe is my favorite restaurant in Yellow Springs. Though a small, casual restaurant, they have great food. With an emphasis on natural food, they offer lots of vegetarian options as well as organic, vegan, and responsibly sourced ingredients. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but close middays as well as on Tuesdays.
- Dino’s is a fun coffee shop located on the main street. They have tons of espresso drinks – hot, iced, and frozen.
- Tom’s Market is the local grocery store, but they have lots of organic and healthy food options. It’s a great place to pick up fresh fruit or a snack.
- Current Cuisine is a deli/tiny grocery store located on the main street. They offer sandwiches, snacks, and cold drinks as well as some grocery items. It’s a great place to stop for lunch because you can order a sandwich and pick up chips or fruit and a drink.
- Haha Pizza is a fun, casual pizza place also located on the main street. They offer lunch and dinner service. They offer a whole grain option for their pizzas and they have a nice variety of toppings.
- Williams Eatery is just off of the main street with American/Peruvian cuisine. It’s a great place for families because there truly is something for everyone. They have burgers, pasta, and tacos. They also display artwork by local artists.
What to do in Yellow Springs, Ohio
- Glen Helen Nature Preserve is the main outdoor destination in Yellow Springs. There are various trails and entrances. The most common entrance and parking lot is located at 405 Corry St – just a couple minutes from downtown. You can drive and park in the parking lot there or you can follow the bike path from downtown along the road to the entrance. On the weekends and on busy summer days, that parking lot can get full early in the day. Depending on the trail you take, the hike can be easy and mostly flat. One thing to note is that if you enter the reserve from the Corry St parking lot, be aware that there is a big set of stairs down to the creek, which could be difficult for some people.
- Yellow Springs Pottery is one of my favorite shops in town. It’s a cooperative that has been around since 1973. You can see and purchase handmade pieces from the 10 members. There are lots of mugs, vases, and other household items.
- Kismet is a cute boutique located on the main street near the movie theater. They have fun dresses and tops. They also sell Voluspa candles.
- Wildflower Boutique & Salon is another cute shop located on the main street. They have lots of great clothing pieces and they’re attached to a salon.
- House of Aum Yoga is a yoga studio and clothing shop located just off of the main street. They had an amazing outdoor space set up for classes.
Where to Stay in Yellow Springs, Ohio
- Mills Park Hotel is a new Southern-inspired hotel on the main street. In addition to their beautiful guest rooms, they have a public restaurant, Ellie’s, on the first floor. Ellie’s currently serves breakfast and lunch (they will open for dinner later) and it also has a coffee bar.
- Glen House Inn is a bed & breakfast located about 5 minutes from the downtown area. They offer 3 guest bedrooms and a tranquil setting.
There are so many fun activities and good restaurants in Yellow Springs, it was impossible to include them all in one post. Have you been to Yellow Springs before? What was your favorite place?