3 Ohio road trips for a memorable Memorial Day

Memorial Day weekend is one of the biggest travel holidays of the year so we’d hate to see you come down with a case of FOMO (fear of missing out).

Whether you’re going for the day or booking for the entire weekend, these three Ohio cities are sure to make this Memorial Day weekend a memorable one.

Your adventure awaits!

Yellow Springs, OH

Columbus to Yellow Springs: 56 minutes

Yellow Springs is just about the grooviest town in Ohio. Close enough to Columbus to make it there and back in a day, far enough to have its own culture, scenery, and overall ambiance.

The spacious acres provide an opportunity to nurture nature while the vibrant downtown and its eclectic little shops emit a totally infectious hippy vibe.

Feeling adventurous? Hike the John Bryan State Park. It’s big and it’s beautiful.

Like books? Then check out Dark Star Books. You can find about any book you want there, but they seem to celebrate nerd culture most of all.

Clifton Mill

Like wine? Emporium Wines and Underdog Café is where you can stop in to get a great cup of coffee and purchase tasty wines for later consumption.

Like records? The Toxic Beauty Records and Gallery has a great selection.

Like beer?S top in for one at Ye Olde Trail Tavern. Be sure to ask about its haunted nature.

Like food? Be sure to stop in for a home cooked meal at the Clifton Mill. No lie, it’s a super-cool building and the food is great.

There’s a ton more that you just need to experience for yourselves in this little slice of rad paradise. And make sure to say hello to Dave Chappelle for us. (Yes, he lives there.)

Yellow Springs Memorial Day events


Columbus to Put-in-Bay: 3 hours 9 minutes

Like the name suggests, you have to put yourself in the bay.

This little island is the perfect destination for fun the whole family can enjoy.

After your exciting ride over the rough and rowdy Lake Erie, start your trip off by renting a golf cart. Go on, cruise around the island to get to know your quaint and historical surroundings a bit.

Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial

This next part is very, very important: You must have lunch at Frosty’s Bar. Calm your family vacation nerves with an ice cold beer while the munchkins smash a delicious pizza.

If you’re lucky, they’ll leave behind enough crust to tide you over.

And if you’re really, really lucky, you and the Mrs./Mr. can steal away for a bit to pay a visit to the Roundhouse.

Per its name, this circular bar will have you doing a little jig and grinning from ear to ear.

Cap off the trip with a photo shoot/educational snippet at Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial.

Note: In honor of American soldiers who died in military service, discounts on the ferry, golf cart rentals, restaurants, and attractions will be offered May 26-28. Please present your military i.d. at the Miller Ferry Catawba ticket booth to redeem.

Put-in-Bay Memorial Day events



Columbus to Cincinnati: 1 hour 47 minutes

Cincinnati is another solid family road trip destination, especially for those families containing toddlers.

With an under two-hour commute, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the “Paris of the Midwest” without wasting too much daylight crammed in a Civic or whatever you crazy kids drive these days.

Here is a rundown of the places that are fun for the whole family!

Stay at 21c Museum Hotel, and go for the family package. This includes four tickets to the Newport Aquarium (value of around $100), fresh cookies and milk delivery, teepee tent in the room, and an I-spy guide for the museum.

Newport Aquarium

We go for the corner suite—the bedroom is separated by a door from the living room and it’s plenty of space so we all aren’t on top of each other. There is also a two-bedroom suite option if you need a little more space than that.

The hotel has one of the top restaurants in the city, Metropole, so if the kids aren’t up for going out we order room service, the kids adore it and we are able to have five-star dining while watching Wall-E for the 50th time.

If you can make it out for some shopping there are a ton of family friendly spots around Over the Rhine, which is just a stroller ride away from the hotel.

Make sure to stop by Reunion Clothiers for some great vintage finds for adults and kids.

Piggy back the weekend with a City Flea experience, Reds game or a children’s program at Washington Park.

On the way back home, hit up Findlay Market for lunch/groceries and stop by Rhinegeist for a growler.

Cincinnati Memorial Day events


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