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.”

I'd vote for Yellow Springs in every category if I could. I make the hour drive there at least every other week in the Summer... We have fresh ice cream at the dairy, hike in Glen Helen, have a picnic at John Bryant park, and window shop in town. There's always at least one street musician out to listen to, and the shops in town are unique. You won't find a big box chain store here, but you WILL find a used bookstore with a fat old shop cat that just loves to be petted, an art supply store where the person behind the counter actually knows a thing or two about the products she sells, a shop where you can buy fair trade items from around the world, and so much more! Yellow Springs is definitely the most fun town in America!
Reviewed by micheleg34
on September 17, 2012
People are always outside the shops talking and hanging out, day or night.
Reviewed by concroc
on September 17, 2012
Wonder small town...diverse, artistic and beautiful!
Reviewed by dorsmith815
on September 17, 2012
Perfect small town feeling - beautiful downtown with unique high quality hand crafted items (don't miss Yellow Springs Pottery and Bonadies Glass Studio!). Lots of arts, music, and activities year-round. Hiking, picnics, and nature programs in Glen Helen (and nearby John Bryan State Park)... and cap off the day with dinner and ice cream at Young's Jersey Dairy.
Reviewed by pbutterfly
on September 17, 2012
Yellow Springs is a rare town today. Lots of unique shopping and very artist-friendly. For eats, Current Cuisine is a tradition in Yellow Springs as is the Winds with their seasonal menu. William's Cafe and Eatery is somewhere in between, offering Peruvian food in addition to many great choices. Besides all of the fun food places, Yoga Springs offers yoga about every day and Brenda Borst, D.C. is a wonderful healing chiropractor in town. Don't miss Starflower Natural Foods with a well-stocked natural food store (and many gluten-free items) and a knowledgeable staff. The hardware store is fantastic. I got the best rubber boots there!
Reviewed by brendaboyd
on September 17, 2012
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