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.”

The vibe of the town is very chill and mellow. One of my favorite places to visit. I'd live there if I could.
Reviewed by sdterp
on September 17, 2012
This is my first summer in YSO, where I have been called as pastor of the church in the heart of the community. The life of the community is vibrant around the arts, diversity, and community service. Come check us out at one of many street fairs, markets, and cultural events - everything from sidewalk busking to chamber music. Peace and love from YSO
Reviewed by joemhinds3
on September 17, 2012
Forty or so years ago I moved to Yellow Springs from Chicago. I raised a family here, and now my family is coming here to live. One thing that drew me here and has kept me here is the free-wheeling attitude about other people's life choices, whether it is interracial couples or alternative dress. Another thing is that, while it is more expensive than surrounding Ohio communities, there are more free activities and cultural events, and art and music and dance events, for every age from babies to the elderly, than any small town in Ohio. Our Antioch College is beginning anew with a wonderful President and creative alumni, so it will only get better!
Reviewed by grandma
on September 17, 2012
Yellow Springs is a hoot!! There are more people walking around downtown in that little burg than in many metropolitan areas. And that is all day, not only in the evening or on the weekend. It's a really pleasant, friendly place to just plop down on a bench and people watch. The trails along the little Miami river are very nice too. I am never at a loss for something to do when I visit. In fact, I never have time to do everything I would like to do. But there is always the next visit, even though I live in Northern California and don't get there too often. Oh, lots of history and Native American lore too.
Reviewed by carolynrcordova
on September 17, 2012
A great place to hang out, walk in beautiful nature preserves, drink locally roasted, free trade coffee, see interesting people, and generally get a respite from the usual chains and commerce.
Reviewed by sanityRUS
on September 17, 2012
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