Explore the Best of the BC
Founded in 1803, Butler County is nestled between Cincinnati to its south and Dayton to its north and is within a one-day drive of 60% of the US population. Characterized by an eclectic mix of historic cities, suburban development, rural farmland, and a trendy college town, the county offers visitors the opportunity to experience the city life, yet retreat into the country all in one afternoon. Unique and one-of-a-kind shopping abounds and a new memory waits around every corner. Butler County leaves new visitors surprised by its diversity, range of activities, and family-friendly environment.
Offering an eclectic mix of one-of-a-kind attractions and culture, Fairfield leaves visitors surprised by its diversity. Home to the original Jungle Jim’s International Market, Wake Nation, and a renowned arts center, Fairfield hosts attractions and events that are truly unique.
The most populated township in Ohio is located in the Southwestern portion of Butler County, West Chester Township. This emerging area has experienced large amounts of growth and development in recent years. Recent additions to West Chester include Ohio’s only IKEA, Voice of America Athletic Complex, and EnterTRAINment Junction among other things.
Often referred to as the “City of Sculpture”, Hamilton is distinguished as Butler County’s County Seat. The city is decorated by magnificent architecture and is graced by the mighty Great Miami River. Arts and events are the hallmark of Hamilton as the city hosts a variety of cultural events throughout the year that draw thousands of people annually.
With its roots in the Steel Industry, Middletown has now transitioned into an artists haven. Nestled along the Great Miami River, the community hosts BeauVerre Riordan Stained Glass Studios and Pendleton Arts Center. As the home to numerous artists, Middletown studios produce incredible artwork in a variety of mediums.
Home to Miami University, Oxford is a trendy college town with boutique shopping, fantastic locally-owned restaurants, a quaint downtown, and all the arts, culture, and sports events that come along with a nationally-renowned university. Set in the peaceful and tranquil Northwestern section of Butler County, Oxford is a quick getaway even for Butler County locals.
Straddling I-75, on the western side of Butler County, Monroe has emerged with extensive new investment and development over the past few years. Home to Cincinnati Premium Outlets, the region’s premier outlet center, and Miami Valley Gaming, the region’s only casino/horse race track combination, people visit Monroe to bet on the ponies and shop, shop, shop all in one afternoon.
Located just north of West Chester, Liberty Township is an emerging area featuring brand new development, agritourism adventures, and residential oases. Liberty is on the edge of an economic boom that will be led by Steiner Group’s Liberty Center. The mixed-use development featuring over 1.1 million square feet of retail, dining, entertainment, lodging, and living options, set to open Fall 2015.
Okeana & Shandon
These quiet and peaceful retreats are located in the Southwestern section of Butler County. Characterized by a slower pace of life and a tranquil setting, Okeana and Shandon are marked by a rich agriculture heritage and are surrounded by breathtaking, rolling hills. If you need to get away, these communities will take you back in time and help you reset your clock and spirit.
Located in the Northeastern area of the county, Trenton is a quaint town bustling with community activity and is a bird watchers paradise. With many local shops and restaurants, Trenton offers a hometown feel with friendly people and a variety of activities to enjoy from Barn-N-Bunk, a unique farm market that offers an array of farm fresh produce and crafts, to the Chrisholm Historic Farmstead, home to the leading family of the Amish-Mennonite settlement that existed in the early 19th century.
Lodging & Dining
Butler County, Ohio is the perfect place for your overnight stay. With so many options, from hotels, to campgrounds, to bed and breakfasts, you’re sure to find an accommodation that's right for you.
Butler County restaurants not only provide a good meal, but an amazing dining experience. Enjoy a variety of flavors including Italian, Mexican, American, and many more! Don’t forget about the wineries around the county for an experience that’s sure to please your palate.
Things to Do
In Butler County, you'll not only have a fantastic time with loved ones, friends, and neighbors, but you'll make lifelong memories. Our unique and one-of-a-kind attractions will take you back to your childhood, help you reflect on nature or express your artistic side all in one trip! Check out the variety of attractions and entertainment options that Butler County has to offer.
Fashionistas, bargain-hunters, style mavens, and furniture finders... Butler County is your shopping haven! With shopping centers that range from deal-driven outlets to country barn shops, there is so much retail diversity in Butler County. In addition to the modern retailers like IKEA in West Chester and the Cincinnati Premium Outlets in Monroe, there are amazing shopping spots for gardeners, country craft lovers, and the cooks out there!
Arts & Theatre
The art scene adds spice to every Butler County community. There are art centers sprinkled through every corner of the county, bringing creativity and beauty to travelers and residents. At the Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Hamilton, there's something for everyone, awe-inspiring art exhibits, delightful performances, and informative luncheons. The Middletown Arts Center also provides artistic events, exhibits, workshops, and classes in the region. In addition, the Fairfield Community Arts Center and the Oxford Community Arts Center bring unique and artistically educational events to our county.
History & Heritage
You'll see many museums and memorials throughout Butler County, reminding visitors of days gone by. Throughout some of the oldest communities, including Middletown and Hamilton, lie stunning historic gems. For example, in Hamilton, you can find many stunning historic homes that mark the grand architecture of years past. The city offers walking tours that highlights the area's most notable structures and provides a booklet that details the historical significance of each property.
Sports & Recreation
Unleash you inner athlete at one of the many sporting activities and park programs that Butler County has to offer! From world-class sporting complexes to impressive wildlife parks, and nationally recognized sporting events to scenic hiking trails, there's always something recreational to do in Butler County.
Butler County has many beautiful and sprawling courses waiting for you. The well-manicured greens and friendly staff make these clubs perfect for you next golf getaway and are also great options for your next corporate outing, fundraiser, or social event. Many of the clubs offer private rooms for weddings, receptions, reunions, and other events.
Festivals and Events
Hundreds of festivals and events happen annually in Butler County. We guarantee that something fun and exciting will be happening during your upcoming trip whether it is a seasonal festival, an art exhibit, a theater performance, or a competitive sporting event.
For a calendar of events in the Butler County area, CLICK HERE.