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Top places to take a day trip from Dayton, OH 

Five locations for your next staycation around Dayton, OH 

Before you leave for your day trip around Dayton, OH, stop by Matt Castrucci Nissan for a tune-up, multi-point inspection, oil change, and more. Below, you can find the top five places to take a day trip or plan a staycation in our area.

Cincinnati, OH (Approximately 1 hour): 

  • Explore the Cincinnati Zoo, one of the oldest zoos in the United States. 
  • Visit the Cincinnati Art Museum or the Contemporary Arts Center. 
  • Walk around the historic Over-the-Rhine district and enjoy its vibrant atmosphere. 
  • See vintage signs at the American Sign Museum. 

Columbus, OH (Approximately 1.5 hours): 

  • Discover the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium or visit the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. 
  • Experience a variety of art at the Columbus Museum of Art. 
  • Explore the vibrant Short North Arts District or the German Village. 
  • Experience the interactive exhibits at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI). 

Yellow Springs, OH (Approximately .5 hour): 

  • Enjoy the small-town charm of Yellow Springs, known for its artsy atmosphere. 
  • Hike in Glen Helen Nature Preserve or John Bryan State Park. 
  • Visit the quirky shops, cafes, and galleries along the main street. 
  • Learn about the historic Clifton Mill and explore its scenic grounds. 

Indianapolis, IN (Approximately 2 hours): 

  • Explore the Indianapolis Museum of Art or the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. 
  • Walk around the Indianapolis Cultural Trail or visit the Indianapolis Zoo. 
  • Visit the Indiana State Capitol building in downtown Indianapolis. 
  • Check out the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 

Hocking Hills State Park, OH (Approximately 1.5 hours): 

  • Experience stunning natural beauty with waterfalls, caves, and hiking trails. 
  • Hike to Old Man’s Cave, Ash Cave, and Cedar Falls. 
  • Enjoy outdoor activities such as mountain biking or boating. 
  • Stay overnight at one of the available campsites. 

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