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Turn Back Time at these 9 Nostalgic Spots

Classic candy, drive-in movies, and pure throwback fun.

Butler County's old school options are fun no matter your age!

1. Pinball Garage

Pinball Garage, Hamilton Ohio

Refurbished and restore classic pinball machines are the star of the show at this Hamilton hot spot. Try your hand at setting a high score on one of 30 featured games. Kid-friendly, but also fun for adults with a full bar featuring craft cocktails and beers.

2. Holiday Auto Theatre

Holiday Auto Theatre

Quintessential weekend fun, showing the latest movie releases and specialty performances from spring to fall. Park your car and tune your radio for a double feature. Grab some snowcaps and buttered popcorn— movie night done!

3. Main Street Vinyl

Main St Vinyl, Hamilton Ohio

There's a special allure to the sounds of a vinyl record. Even in the times of modern recording technology, the texture and feeling of vinyl can't be replicated digitally. Browse the vast selection and pick up a few new tracks for your home collection. 

4. The Toy Department

The Toy Department, Fairfield Ohio

Rare vintage finds, play-ready modern favorites, and everything in-between, this is not your average toy store. This toy collector's paradise will take you right back to childhood.

5. Jolly's Drive-In

Jolly's Drive In

Classic Americana. Frothy and refreshing, a legendary root beer float is a simple delight that never gets old. Pair one with a footlong hot dog, chili cheese fries, freshly made popcorn at Jolly's Drive-in. 

6. The Jug

The Jug, Middletown Ohio

A local icon, first established in 1932, is one of the oldest hamburger restaurants in the country. Get your classic root beer floats, a jug burger and crispy french fries, where your friendly carhops are ready to take your order.

7. Henry's Candy Co.

Henry's Candy Co.

Gummy bears galore, old school lollipops, and all the sweets that will take you back in time. Recreate that feeling of a childhood trip to the candy store. Henry's Candy Co.  Find a variety of chocolates, gummies by the pound, and other scrumptious sweets.

8. Grandpa Joe's Candy Shop

Grandpa Joe's Candy Shop

Discover an entire wall of quirky craft sodas and a world-famous candy buffet at Grandpa Joe's Candy Shop in Middletown. From old-school classics to modern confections, the options are endless.

9. The Salty Dog Museum

The Salty Dog Museum

Take the road less traveled. Tucked away in rural Shandon, car lovers young and old will enjoy a stunning collection of expertly restored vintage cars and firetrucks that harken back to simpler times. Free and open to the public. Be sure to call ahead to Ron's Machine Shop, located next door, to confirm hours.

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