Top 10 Things to do in Springfield, United States

December 23, 2017 Kelli Reichel

Rich with history and looking to the future, Springfield is a lively Midwestern city with all of the charm of a small town and the amenities of a larger city. Its past, dating to as early as 700 B.C. with ancient First Nations settlements, is preserved in artifacts, village sites, the new Heritage Center Museum - once the Springfield City Hall - and historic buildings along the National Road. Springfield's artistic trailblazers are celebrated in the city's theaters, dance venues and galleries.
Restaurants in Springfield

1. Frank Lloyd Wright's Westcott House

85 S Greenmount Ave, Springfield, OH 45505-1150 +1 937-327-9291
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5 based on 180 reviews

Frank Lloyd Wright's Westcott House

The Westcott House was built in 1908 for Burton J. And Orpha L. Westcott. The Westcott property is the only Prairie style house designed by Wright in the state of Ohio. The grounds include the main house and a garage with pony stable connected by an extensive pergola. In 1946, due to the housing crisis following World War II, the house was divided into multiple apartments. The house no longer reflected the vision of its architect. The original furniture and most of the original light fixtures and other details were removed from the house. Lack of resources led to an extreme deterioration of the structure. The house has recently undergone an inch-by-inch $5.8 Million restoration. Each of its features-from art glass to original hardware and hand-decorated encaustic walls to massive urns-has been returned to its 1908 appearance. Furniture has been rebuilt according to Wright's specifications and gardens re-landscaped in keeping with the time. The house in now manages by a non-profit organization. Our mission is to preserve and interpret the Westcott House, promote historic preservation and inspire creativity and innovation through architecture and design education. In addition to tours of Wright's masterpiece, Westcott Center for Architecture + Design offers innovative educational programming throughout the year, including Summer Walking Tour Series. Take a guided tour of the Westcott House and learn about the Prairie Style home Frank Lloyd Wright designed for industrialists and entrepreneurs Burton J. And Orpha Westcott and their two children. Experience Frank Lloyd Wright's timeless designs and a world-class restoration project.

Reviewed By warrenville111 - Warrenville, IL

Our docent was very informative - knew a lot about the residence and it's history and showed great interest in Frank Lloyd Wright. While not my favorite Frank Lloyd Wright creation, I still enjoyed the visit. I was a bit disappointed that the fabric awnings were not up as you see in most pictures.

Stairs are present on the tour. Wear a good pair of walking shoes. You do get to see the entire residence. Bathroom/gift shop/check-in at the garage area. Both indoor/outdoor tour. Do note pictures are not allowed on the interior, but are allowed on the exterior. Was advertised at an hour, but we were definitely over 1.5 hours long.

Enjoy!

2. Heart of Ohio Antique Center

4785 E National Rd, Springfield, OH 45505-1857 +1 937-324-2188
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4.5 based on 125 reviews

Heart of Ohio Antique Center

Reviewed By twixette722 - Springfield, Ohio

If you're an antiques collector or just want to spend some time viewing interesting items from the past, this is a worthwhile place to visit. You can easily spend hours here and wear your feet out trying to see everything. You're bound to be fascinated and even amused at times. Great collection.

3. Little Miami Scenic Trail

Springfield, OH
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4.5 based on 82 reviews

Little Miami Scenic Trail

Used by hikers, bikers and horseback riders, this scenic trail is part of an 80-mile trail network extending from eastern Cincinnati to Buck Creek State Park.

Reviewed By Rediron

We regularly ride the Little Miami Trail and find each section is a fine bike trail. The paved Trail runs on an old railroad bed right beside the national scenic Little Miami River, extending 78 miles through five counties.
We often look for lesser travelled sections in northern Warren County, up in to Greene County. Oregonia, Corwin and Spring Valley offer good parking and a fine ride.
Down south, Loveland is a lively town with several restaurants available and periodic festivals or events. Yet, for a relaxing ride, Loveland area can be too crowded and busy.
Try riding from Xenia up to Yellow Springs, see the college town and interesting galleries and shops - then enjoy coasting for a couple miles going back to Xenia! Xenia Railroad Station Park is a nexus of several bike trails.
See Wikipedia or MiamiValleyTrails.org for more info.

4. Hartman Rock Garden

1905 Russell Ave, Springfield, OH 45506-2950
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4.5 based on 99 reviews

Hartman Rock Garden

Reviewed By Joni S - Bridgeville, Pennsylvania

What a charming place to stop and visit. Located in a neighborhood of modest homes, the stone sculptures in the yard are worth a visit. You will see all types of figures from history, along with stone walls, pebble houses, water features and lovely flowers. This is a "free" local attraction but the nonprofit that maintains the sight would appreciate donations. Youngsters of all ages will enjoy strolling through the sights. It's not a difficult walking experience, all level too.

5. Buck Creek State Park

1901 Buck Creek Ln, Springfield, OH 45502-8876 +1 937-322-5284
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4 based on 103 reviews

Buck Creek State Park

Reviewed By Jim M - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

My wife and I spent the morning kayaking the lake. It was beautiful. There were lots of people fishing along the shore and swimming on the beach. There were a some power boats on the lake as well as a few skiers. The lake has a couple of no-wake zones, so there is something there for everyone.

6. George Rogers Clark Park

936 S Tecumseh Rd, Springfield, OH 45506-4238 +1 937-882-6000
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4.5 based on 39 reviews

George Rogers Clark Park

Reviewed By BionicOne - Cincinnati, Ohio

Every Labor Day weekend for the past 34 years The Fair at New Boston has been held at the George Rogers Clark Park. Based on the early 1800’s, numerous artisans, entertainers, purveyors, and food vendors dressed in period costume entertain the thousands of people that attend the fair. At the end of the afternoon, a terrific battle re-enactment takes place with lots of cannon fire, men on horseback, and muskets blazing. The Fair at New Boston is an outstanding venue to be enjoyed by every family member. Helpful vote?

7. Heritage Center of Clark County

117 S Fountain Ave, Springfield, OH 45502-1267 +1 937-324-0657
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5 based on 52 reviews

Heritage Center of Clark County

The Heritage Center is the home of the Clark County Historical Society museum & archives, which helps preserve, share, & showcase generations of history!

Reviewed By William P - Springfield, OH

If you want to step back 200 years in History, you need to visit this museum. From a Conestoga wagon to a 1920 Wescott Motor Car, to a horse drawn Champion reaper, and other agricultural machines.. Civil War buffs will enjoy the history of Ohio...MoreWe're glad you enjoyed stepping back in time! Thank you for visiting and stop in to see us again!

8. Springfield Museum of Art

107 Cliff Park Rd, Springfield, OH 45504-2501 +1 937-325-4673
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4 based on 41 reviews

Springfield Museum of Art

Situated in beautiful Cliff Park along Buck Creek, Springfield Museum of Art (SMoA) mounts a broad array of changing exhibits featuring outstanding creations from both established and emerging artists, balanced with galleries that showcase works from the Museum’s superb permanent collections, including significant work by Ohio and self-taught artists. The Museum boasts a remarkable permanent collection of American art from the late 1700s to the present. The seven exhibit galleries surprise and delight visitors with artwork from the familiar to the fantastic. Visitors can explore a wide variety of changing exhibitions, walk the Sculpture Trail and engage in activities in the Chakeres Interactive Art Lab. Partnerships with community organizations bring art classes, concerts, and artist talks to the Museum.

Reviewed By Cs M - Oglesby

This is a local gem (as one reviewer called it). The staff work hard to deliver exhibits that will interest a wide range of viewers. It is the only museum nearby that has a Smithsonian affiliation. Besides the art, they host a variety of artistic performances. The community should be more proud of this destination!

9. Snyder Park

Snyder Park Road, Snyder Park Road and US Highway 40, Springfield, OH 45503
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

Snyder Park

Reviewed By 970rickp - Dayton, Ohio

I take my kids to this park to play every couple of weeks and they enjoy all the new slides and 'toys' the park has to offer. I enjoy the shade!

10. Carleton Davidson Stadium

1101 Mitchell Blvd, Springfield, OH 45503-3406 +1 937-328-7275
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5 based on 13 reviews

Carleton Davidson Stadium

Reviewed By Jesse E - North Lewisburg, Ohio

Carlton Davidson Stadium is better than ever with the fantastic seating upgrades for 2017. Molded plastic seats have been added on top of the benches from previous years. The atmosphere and baseball quality remain great. The staff is among the friendliest in summer collegiate baseball. Parking is free. Concessions, and souvenirs are convenient and affordable and the quality is good. Fun affordable family entertainment.

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