Things to do

Summer Activity Checklist

Make sweet summer memories with these local activities.

It's the season of soft serve ice cream, suntans, and stories to share. As another memorable summer is upon us, you can use this bingo checklist to make the most of it! Check out some of the best summer activities below.

1. Mural Tours

Murals, Liberty Center Ohio

Liberty Center Murals (Pictured) — Find Kelsey Montague #WhatLiftsYou murals, and additional indoor/outdoor murals.

StreetSpark Mural Tour — Download the StreetSpark Map and visit all 14 vibrant murals throughout Hamilton.

Changemakers of Oxford Learn about the important activists and civil rights history in Oxford at this public mural. 

2. Local Creamy Whips

The Cone, West Chester Ohio

The Cone (Pictured) — This local favorite features famous soft-serve ice cream, kiddie rides and games too.

Flub's Dariette — This 50-year-old ice cream stand is a summer staple, with locations in Fairfield, Hamilton and Ross.

Spring Street TreatsSpecializing in soft-serve treats with a ton of flavors and toppings to choose from. 

The Dip A perfect sign of summer is a cone, banana split, ice cream sundae, or milkshake from this stand in Fairfield. 

3. Nature & Hiking Trails

Governor Bebb MetroPark

Governor Bebb MetroPark (Pictured)Check out any of the amazing MetroParks, offering fresh air and historical flair.

Nation Road Horse RentalExplore the scenic trails of Oxford on horseback with any of these five guided trails.

Rentschler ForestThis 400+ acre park offers trails, a prehistoric Indian earthwork, wetlands, and river views.

Pyramid Hill Sculpture ParkOver 300 acres of hills, valleys, and ponds adorned with 80+ monumental sculptures.

4. Local Museums

The Salty Dog Museum, Ohio

Salty Dog Museum (Pictured)This tactile museum takes you through the evolution of classic automobiles.

EnterTRAINment JunctionFeaturing multiple exhibits, like the A-Maze-N Funhouse and Imagination Junction.

BC WarbirdsThis museum that includes historic aircrafts, including the wonder and history of flight.

5. Water Adventures

Wake Nation Cincinnati

Wake Nation (Pictured)No boat, no problem! Go wakeboarding, water skiing or conquer the Adventure Zone.

Aqua AdventuresLand of Illusion's water park features paddle boards, sand volleyball, inflatables, and much more.

Oxford Aquatic CenterMake a splash in their huge pool, lazy river, kiddie area, or on the waterslides. 

6. Rootbeer Floats

The Jug, Middletown Ohio

The Jug (Pictured)Established in 1932, this local icon serves classic cheeseburgers and rootbeer floats by car hop. 

Jolly's Drive InOver 70 years, keeping old-fashioned burgers, chili-dogs and root beer as their focus.

7. Get Active

Kayaking, Great Miami River Ohio

Great Miami River TrailAlmost 100 miles of beautiful paved trails and river views, connecting different communities. 

Harbin ParkThis park in Fairfield is regionally-renowned for it's mountain biking trails for all experience levels.


DORA in Ohio

DORA stands for Designated Outdoor Refreshment Areas. The Program allows people to order an alcoholic beverage from a participating establishments and explore the city while drinking (in designated areas). Find DORAs in parts of HamiltonLiberty CenterMiddletown, and Oxford. Specific rules vary by each city, learn more here.

9. The Donut Trail

Butler County Donut Trail

The Butler County Donut Trail is a favorite summer tradition for some families and friends. A new t-shirt color and design comes out every year, so you can complete the trail and collect a new t-shirt every summer. It's a fun activity for everyone, and you are able to do it in one day, over a weekend, or over a few months. Learn more about the Donut Trail and get our top tips here.

Happy Summer!