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Butler County offers a plethora of options, no matter your preferences of thrill level. Experience our slice of Ohio by land, water, or sky.
Horses, countryside, and the soft pat of hooves on a trail. An idyllic and serene day outdoors awaits you at Nation Road Horse Rental. Owner, Judy Sheard, and her team of amazing guides lovingly care for their horses and take pride in matching each rider with the ideal horse companion. A guided trail ride across their family farm is nothing short of sublime.
Collect organic, ripe blackberries right off the vine and make memories at Indian Springs Berry Farm. Bring your own basket and stroll through paths of blackberry bushes, picking and choosing the brightest berries.
Approximately 300 acres of rolling hills, valleys, and ponds are sprinkled with 80 monumental outdoor sculptures. These massive pieces surprise and delight visitors with their whimsical presence and vibrant colors. Hop on an Art Cart and experience this beautiful blend of art and nature. The Ancient Sculpture Museum houses dozens of pieces from Harry Wilk's personal collection - Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park's founder. Each month, traveling exhibits with mixed media components are on display in the museum.
Fourth-generation farmers, Suzy and Mike Garver, live by the motto, "take care of the land and the land will take care of you." This local piece of Monroe magic is open seasonally and sells its bounty to thousands each year. Fresh corn, cucumbers, and pumpkins are available for purchase. Tall, golden sunflowers sprout in the fall, providing the most picturesque of Instagram shots.
Butler County parks offer miles and miles of hiking and biking trails. The adventures, picnics, and memories are endless. You can explore all facets of history and nature inside Governor Bebb's Pioneer Village - the birthplace of the 19th Governor of Ohio, William Bebb. Four beautifully restored cabins also sit in the middle of the park. Conquer Elk Creek MetroPark on horseback, trotting through meadows and admiring the greenery. Pack a picnic and settle in for a day outdoors.
There's something so relaxing about a day on the green. Time slows down the moment after the first swing. Butler County has a multitude of golf courses that range from novice to advanced. Gather your clubs and hit the links.
Burwinkel Farms brings out the autumn adventurer inside everyone. its legendary fall festival immerses visitors in a sea of sunflowers, tricky corn mazes, plump pumpkin patches, and fresh apples picked straight from the Burwinkels' personal orchard.
Cool blue water and a full day of fun awaits you at the aqua oasis. Aqua Adventures offers the only inflatable obstacle course in Southwest Ohio. Its massive hills and slides make it perfect for kids and kids at heart. Test your balance at Aqua Adventure Paddle Bay where you can stand with conviction and take in all the best sights of summer from a paddleboard.
Lace up your skates for an afternoon at Goggin Ice Center. Spin in icy circles and make revolutions around this massive indoor ice rink of Miami University's beautiful campus. This Oxford rink hosts open skate nights several days per week.
Glide across the lake with gorgeous sun shining overhead at Wake Nation. This cable park allows riders to wakeboard without a boat. An overhead cable system with varying speeds lets wakeboarders shred in a fun and safe environment based off of skill and experience level. After your wakeboarding excursion, sip on a cold one at the bar to celebrate an adventure well done.
As you stare down 13,000 feet with a seasoned tandem instructor safely strapped to your back, the adrenaline begins to course through your flight suit. Start Skydiving in Middletown provides the most exhilarating skydiving experience in Ohio. You feel as if you're flying during those 90 seconds of freewill. Once the parachute deploys, you gently float back down to solid ground, feeling equal parts peaceful and proud.
The power of flight is within reach at iFly. Wearing a flight suit and goggles, flyers enter into the flight tunnel for pure, thrill-seeking adventure. Talented instructors show you how to ride the wave of air and make the most of your time simulating true flight. After your group takes to the pseudo skies, the professionals show off their skills with incredible flips as they soar to the ceiling.
Jump sky high at West Chester's premiere indoor trampoline park, Get Air. As your cheeks turn rosy, let loose with your kiddos and expend all of that pent-up energy. They say that five to eight minutes on a trampoline is equivalent to jogging a mile! Beyond the trampolines, there's dodgeball, a foam pit, a slackfline, and more.
Photo Credit : Get Air, West Chester
This article is featured in Butler County's latest Insider Guide! Every year, we go out in search of the behind-the-scenes, the one-of-a-kinds, and what the locals are loving. The details make their way into a handy getaway planning guide each year, known as an Insider Guide. Order your own to get the inside scoop, read more articles, and embrace the wacky, wonderful side of Butler County. The 2020 guide is now available — Get your own FREE guide here!