Spring and summer are fine times for free activities in the Clark County area.
Summer Arts Festival
In these days of budget cuts, it’s rare that such a small city puts on such a big show!
Every summer, from mid-June to mid-July, the Turner Pavilion in Veteran’s Park Amphitheater
is filled with music, drama, and laughter as the Springfield Arts Council and a variety of local businesses present the Summer Arts Festival. Most years include at least one performance of a Shakespearean play, a children’s theater production with appearances by local kids, a performance by the Air Force Band of Flight, magicians, dancers, symphonies, tribute bands, rock, jazz, reggae, country, Irish, and many more types of music and entertainment.
All performances are outdoors in a beautiful park in downtown Springfield. All are free. Donations are taken, and volunteers are welcome. Please check the website to see the scheduled events and times.
This park is one of the most beautiful places in Ohio. From the Yellow Springs that pour out of the rocks to the twenty-five miles of well-maintained trails that meander through the forest, this is a wonderful place to spend time communing with nature. The Trailside Science Museum is fascinating, and the Raptor Center is famous for rehabilitating birds of prey. Open every day from dawn until dusk.
Be sure to meander around Yellow Springs, the village nearby. Local crafts and delicious food abound in a creative atmosphere.
Travel the National Road, go back in time to visit the Native Americans and the earliest European settlers of the Miami Valley. Learn about Springfield’s ‘glory days’ as a center of agricultural manufacturing, magazine publishing and more. This is a very well-produced museum with something for everyone.
The Historical Society Library is here also. There are photo archives, genealogical reference materials, and a large archive of historical documents and books.
Heritage Center of Clark County
117 South Fountain Av.
Springfield, OH 45502
Open 9-5, Tuesday through Saturday
Another little-known treasure, Clifton Gorge is a section of the Little Miami State and National Scenic River. This breathtaking natural wonder features trails for hiking, several area canoe liveries, and many overlooks that allow visitors to enjoy the views. Please be sure to wear proper shoes for hiking, since the trails are beside the edge of the gorge and it is a long way down!