Yellow Springs, Ohio


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

5 Votes - "Most Fun"


Yellow Springs is a community so small and unified, everyone’s a neighbor. The town embraces the arts with music, galleries, murals, and yarn bombing. The shops and restaurants are by definition unique as chain businesses are forbidden.

Other than art, festivals are the name of the game in Yellow Springs. The Yellow Springs Street Fair is a popular attraction, which features over 200 booths selling fine arts and crafts, jewelry, fair trade items, an international selection of cuisines and more. Street performers and musicians keep visitors entertained all day. Locals gather for fun at the weekly Friday Fling with live music, food, dancing, and face painting.

The town is family-friendly when it comes to outdoorsy activities. There are lots of places to go hiking, biking, or canoeing. The Glen Helen Nature Preserve attracts many visitors with its waterfalls, limestone cliffs, woodlands and the Yellow Spring. It also boasts 25 miles of hiking trails which are open all year. For the more adventurous, you can rock climb at the Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve.

TravelingJules and TravelingJoan determined, “Yellow Springs is a place to be who you are. Their focus is on the arts, but what they’re really about is the art of living.”

Named a "Coolest Small Town" by Budget Travel and a Best Hometown by Ohio Magazine, Yellow Springs is truly one of a kind. Culturally diverse, open, friendly and creative, Yellow Springs invites you to Find Yourself Here. Discovered around 1800, the area was popular with those seeking the curative waters of the Yellow Spring. Home to Antioch College and Antioch University Midwest, the village is a mix of rural and urban, with a thriving downtown and eclectic neighborhoods in the midst of local farms that fill our Farmer’s Markets and Young's Dairy, one of the largest attractions in the State of Ohio. Extensive recreational activities include the Little Miami Scenic Trail for cycling; Glen Helen's 2000 acres of woodland trails, John Bryan State Park and Clifton Gorge; the Gaunt Park Pool and the Bryan Center Skate Park. People are drawn to Yellow Springs for its authenticity. The streets are lined with an eclectic assortment of shops, galleries and restaurants. Rich visual and performing arts abound in this vibrant community of artists. Yellow Springs hosts festivals, art openings, theatre, live music and more. You can expect something interesting every time you visit. A signature Yellow Springs event is the Yellow Springs Street Fair, held the 2nd Saturday in June and October, closing 3 downtown streets for hundreds of arts, crafts and food vendors and attracting tens of thousands of visitors. Street performers, belly dancers, jugglers and fire dancers entertain the crowds throughout the day. The Street Fair Beer Garden and Music Festival adds to the festivities serving up a mix of local musicians and micro-brews. Third Weekend Flings in the Springs, April through December, feature special events, late night shopping, entertainment and fire dancing. In June and October we have Art Strolls and July features the Cirque Carnival with jugglers, actors, dancers, clowns and musicians creating a circus atmosphere.
Reviewed by yellowspringschamber
on September 17, 2012
Yellow Springs is an awesome place to spend a weekend! I love going on a Saturday morning and riding my bike on the paths then hanging out around town. Check out the unique shops and grab a bite to eat at a local resturant. Definately recommend Yellow Springs as a great place to hang out and have a good time! Very laid back, fun community!
Reviewed by astebelton
on September 17, 2012
Yellow Springs is the only town I have found where people look out for each other's kids as much as their own. I can take my son anywhere and know that he will be safe. I love being able to walk/bike everywhere; after a long week of work, I park my car until Monday. It's so easy to live here!
Reviewed by chyckweed
on September 17, 2012
From street fairs to bike paths; from Antioch College to Glen Helen Nature Preserve; from The Winds Cafe to Young's Jersey Dairy this little town is bursting with personality and activity! A great place to spend a weekend or a lifetime, Yellow Springs offers shopping, dining, hiking, biking, relaxation and explorations of all sorts!
Reviewed by maguire708
on September 17, 2012
Ah, Yellow Springs Ohio, where there are no dress codes, no corporate mission statements, no chain stores and best of all, no one to judge you. Where everyone else sees “weird”, we just see awe-inspiring genius. We love the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes and especially the ones who hate dress codes. It’s an amazing little town where everyone is absolutely fearless when it comes to their freak flag. I would encourage everyone and anyone come for a day (or what's left of your awesome life) to hang out, shop, hike, eat, bike, experience great art and meet really cool people.
Reviewed by Justin9272
on September 17, 2012
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