5 places in and around Dayton make Ohio top attractions list

Get ready for some road trips in 2017. 

Several regional locations made Only In Your State’s list of “The 17 Places You Should Go In Ohio In 2017,” and we have to say we agree. Here’s a look at our regional favorites that made the list -- and a few more suggestions they may have missed.

1.) Sugarcreek MetroPark, Bellbrook

The Osage Orange Tunnel at Sugarcreek MetroPark is mysterious and unique. It's stunning no matter what the season.
Photo: Connie Post

This place is a beaut, and features a living tree tunnel (yes, you read that right). It’s also referred to as the Osage Orange Tunnel. To get there from the park’s main parking lot on Conference Road, take the 1.3-mile Orange Trail. On your way to the tunnel, about .7 miles from the trailhead, you’ll pass the Three Sisters, a trio of large oaks that predate Columbus’ voyage to the New World. 

>> MORE: You’ve got to see this living tree tunnel near Dayton

>> MORE: Meet Dayton’s oldest ‘sisters’ -- they’re 550 years old  2.) Young’s Jersey Dairy, Yellow Springs

This favorite family festival was held at Young's Jersey Dairy on Oct. 1-2, 2016 in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
Photo: Tom Gilliam Photography for Dayton.com

You scream, I scream, we all scream! A local favorite that draws visitors from all over (including one particular Grey’s Anatomy star), Young’s is more than just ice cream -- though admittedly, they do that very, very well. You can play a game of putt-putt, hit some golf balls at the driving range, or hit a few home runs in the batting cages. After that, head over to the barn to hang out with some majorly cute goats, calves, and maybe a pig or two. 

>> MORE: 5 ice creams to try at Young’s Jersey Dairy

>> MORE: 5 things you must do in Yellow Springs

>> MORE: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star spotted at Young’s

3.) Mad River Mountain, Zanesfield

Avalanche Tubing Park at Mad River Mountain in Zanesfield, Ohio.
Photo: Mad River Mountain Facebook

A great place to go skiing, snowboarding or tubing, this place is open again after it was shut down in 2015 due to a fire. 

>> MORE: Mad River Mountain unveils new ski lodge

>> MORE: Lace up your skates -- the Riverscape ice skating rink is open

4.) Jungle Jim’s International Market, Cincinnati

Held on Friday, Nov. 11, and Saturday, Nov. 12, Jungle Jim's International Wine Festival will feature more than 400 wines from over 90 wineries.

We know the Cincy market was mentioned, but we’ve got an even closer location in Fairfield (lucky us!). In addition to being a foodie wonderland (seriously -- it has aisle after aisle of items from more than 70 different countries), Jungle Jim’s also hosts great events where you can try everything from beer to wine to cheese and much more. 

5.) Glenwood Gardens, Cincinnati

File photo of the Highfield Discovery Garden, located in Glenwood Gardens. Children may climb the Discovery Tree, a 25-foot tall accessible tree house with games, ramps and hidden animals. They may also play a game of make-believe in the play house, find the frogs and fish living in the pond or explore the trains in the Trolley Garden. The garden is located at 10623 Springfield Pike, Woodlawn. FILE PHOTO
Photo: Submitted

This was a new one to us, and one we’re eagerly looking forward to checking out. According to the Great Parks of Hamilton County website, Glenwood is “beautifully landscaped with trails, formal gardens, prairies, forests and wetlands, Glenwood Gardens is a great escape from the daily grind.” Sign us up. In the meantime, you can check out some great playgrounds here in Dayton, including what might be the craziest slide in town.

>> MORE: 6 hidden playgrounds to explore in Dayton

>> MORE: This is definitely the craziest playground slide in Dayton

See the full list of top Ohio attractions at Onlyinyourstate.com.

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