Explore Butler County on your next getaway
Founded in 1803, Butler County is conveniently located between Cincinnati and Dayton, and is within a one-day drive of 60% of the US population. Characterized by an eclectic and exciting mix of historic cities, suburban development, rural farmland, and a charming college town, the county offers visitors a unique variety of experiences and adventures. Shop local artisan goods at one-of-a-kind boutiques, eat sweets on the Butler County Donut Trail, or experience the ultimate thrill of freefall at Start Skydiving.
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.
Named the “City of Sculpture”, Hamilton is known for the works of public art dotting the city’s streets and downtown walls. Spend some time strolling downtown to explore the locally owned boutiques and restaurants, and finding or creating one-of-a-kind pieces. Cruise up the hill to Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum to immerse yourself in art in nature, where 80+ monumental sculptures are displayed amongst 300+ acres of nature. Arts, events, and live music are the hallmark of Hamilton’s vibrant scene!
Located just north of West Chester, Liberty Township is an emerging area with brand new development, as well as agritourism adventures. Liberty Township is home to the beloved Liberty Center, uniting premiere shopping, dining, and entertainment options, such as iFLY indoor skydiving. Play in the great outdoors in Liberty Township at Niederman Family Farm, or with an adrenaline pumping round of paintball at Paintball Country.
Nestled along the Great Miami River, Middletown has become a hub for artists and eclectic shops and restaurants. With BeauVerre Riordan Stained Glass Studio, the Pendleton Arts Center, Haute Fusion, and more, it’s clear to see why so many artists enjoy Middletown. For the thrill seeker in your group, take the ultimate leap from 14,000 feet in Middletown at Start Skydiving, a top-rated drop zone!
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 the Cincinnati Premium Outlets, the region’s premier outlet center, and Miami Valley Gaming, a casino/horse race track combination, people visit Monroe to bet on the ponies and shop, shop, shop all in one afternoon. Not to be missed in Monroe, be sure to visit Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House to enjoy delicious BBQ and exceptional craft brews.
Okeana & Shandon
These quiet and peaceful retreats are located in Southwestern Butler County. Okeana and Shandon are marked by a rich agricultural heritage, two quaint antique shops, and Salty Dog Museum, a classic car museum hailing well-known classics including Model As and Model Ts. Surround yourself in the breathtaking, rolling hills of Okeana and Shandon. If you need to get away, these communities will take you back in time and help you reset your clock and spirit.
Home to Miami University, Oxford is a charming college town with boutique shopping, delicious locally-owned restaurants, a quaint downtown, and all the arts, culture, and sports events that come along with a nationally-renowned university. A local favorite is Bagel & Deli Shop, famous for their steamed bagel sandwiches that are full of personality. Set in the peaceful and tranquil Northwestern section of Butler County, Oxford makes for a trendy, yet relaxing getaway.
Located in the Northeastern area of the county, Trenton has a hometown welcoming feel, with a variety of unique experiences. Barn-N-Bunk, a locally owned farm market, offers an array of farm fresh produce, Amish goods, and crafts. Barn-N-Bunk’s beautiful painted silos depict the story of the farm’s owners, the Theobalds. Also located in Trenton you will find Martin’s Donuts! This cheery pink donut shop, is part of the delicious Butler County Donut Trail.
West Chester Township
West Chester Township has experienced a great deal of growth and development and was recently ranked as one of Money Magazine’s top 50 “Best Places to Live.” In West Chester you can shop at Ohio’s first IKEA, explore the world’s largest train display, EnterTRAINment Junction, compete with your family at Topgolf, and enjoy a world-class dinner at Jag’s Steak & Seafood. West Chester is also home to the Voice of America Athletic Complex, a premier athletic facility, boasting 22 multi-use fields.
Lodging & Dining
Butler County, Ohio is the perfect place for your overnight stay and unique getaway. With a variety of great hotel options, campgrounds, and charming Bed & Breakfasts, you’re sure to find an accommodation that's just right for you.
Butler County restaurants not only provide a great meal, but an amazing dining experience. Enjoy a variety of international flavors including American, Thai, Nepalese, Jamaica, and many more! Choose from award-winning restaurants, family-owned diners, a classic drive-in, and dessert places to die for. Butler County has a host of great breweries, including a gluten-free brewery, and an award-winning winery, Hanover Winery.
Things to Do
In Butler County, Ohio you'll not only have a fantastic time trying something new, but you'll make lifelong memories along the way. Our unique, one-of-a-kind attractions will take you back to your childhood, help you reflect in nature, express your artistic side, and more…all in one trip. Check out the variety of attractions and entertainment options that Butler County has to offer!
Fashionistas, bargain-hunters, antique hunters, and furniture finders... Butler County is your shopping haven! Shop small at locally owned boutiques located throughout the county, redecorate your home with the help of IKEA or the Frontgate outlet, and find specialty shops for gardening, cooking, knitting, and more!
Arts & Theatre
The art scene is vibrant and alive in Butler County! There are wonderful art centers sprinkled throughout Butler County communities, bringing creativity energy to the county. Fill your creative tank with theatre performances, dance, art, pottery, and more! Engage in the arts yourself by creating pottery, painting, fusing glass, and more.
History & Heritage
Step back in time and keep the past alive with Butler County’s historic gems. During your Butler County historic exploration, you’ll find museums, memorials, and the Butler County Historical Society. In both Hamilton and Middletown you can view beautiful homes, and architecture in a variety of styles. Walking tours are available, highlighting the area’s most notable structures, and details about the significance of each property.
Sports & Recreation
Whether you’re a trained athlete, or just looking to get some fresh air, Butler County has many sporting and recreation activities or park programs to fit your needs. From world-class sporting complexes and nationally recognized sporting events, to impressive wildlife parks and scenic hiking trails, there’s always something recreational and fun to do in Butler County.
Butler County has many beautiful landscaped courses waiting for you. The well-manicured greens and friendly staff make these courses perfect for you next golf getaway, and are also great options for your next corporate outing or social event. Choose from a more casual setting to a professionally designed, 18-hole masterpiece. Topgolf in West Chester is also a great option with microchip tracked golf balls, heated bays, great food, and a fun time!
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, or theater performance.
Just some of Butler County’s events include:
Oxford Wine & Craft Beer Festival in May - Featuring the best Ohio wines and craft beers, this is a fun and lively event in Uptown Oxford.
Shandon Strawberry Festival in June - This fun event celebrates the small Welsh community of Shandon, with all things strawberry!
Taps, Tastes, & Tunes in June - Local fare and incredible live music. So much fun!
British Car Day in July - With over 35 classes of British and European cars, this event highlights the classic motor vehicle styles from across the pond.
Crazy Cardboard Boat Regatta in July - Boats made of cardboard…. Will they sink or float. Come out to Voice of America MetroPark to see what happens!
The Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival in July - Featuring dozens of hot air balloons, this festival is a marquee event for Butler County each summer. With nightly balloon glows, tethered rides, a car show and fun fireworks, people love this summertime tradition.
Butler County Fair in July/August - The Butler County Fair takes place every Summer at the Butler County Fairgrounds in Hamilton. Enjoy fair food, games and rides, animals, live events, and more!