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.”

Great place to get away from the everyday. Arts, fine dining, wellness practitioners, natural areas for hiking, bike trails-something for every member f the family.
Reviewed by JeannetteH
on September 17, 2012
You never know what you'll find, who you'll see (TONS OF ART) or what you'll hear (but PLENTY of great music) when you're walking through this wonderful village. When you visit you can be ANY-WHO you want to be.
Reviewed by maxanna
on September 17, 2012
First you'll visit once. You'll be so intrigued by the beautiful art, quirky shops, music on every corner that you'll come back. Again and again. You'll be so drawn to the friendly, open Yellow Springers that you'll say you simply have to move there, raise your family there. And you will never regret it!
Reviewed by origami_fish
on September 17, 2012
Yellow Springs is filled with lovely people that say, "Hey Hi, How are you?" every time they see you! It is in a lush forest, with deer that stroll through the neighborhoods, like family members. It is village artists, writers, dancers, farmers, and students. It is a community that has an open heart. Come & Visit and you will feel this welcome!!
Reviewed by ExpressiveArts
on September 17, 2012
Best little town in E. Central OH. The people are friendly and everything is within walking distance. Many unique shops, very progressive and environmentally conscious town plus the beautiful Gle Helen preserve is there. Worth a weekend trip.
Reviewed by Avalynne
on September 17, 2012
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