Attractions and Events
Middletown is a popular destination for millennials, families and retirees. With a vibrant downtown that is home to many events and festivals, outdoor activities, an arboretum, museum, and many parks, Middletown is the perfect place to spend the evening or a Saturday afternoon. Our popular attractions include -
Join us the First Friday of every month when downtown Middletown neighborhood businesses, boutiques, eateries, & galleries keep their doors open late. The Downtown Middletown DORA District, Ohio’s first designated outdoor refreshment area, is in operation from 12 p.m. to Midnight seven days a week. Grab an alcoholic beverage at your favorite bar, wine bar, or distillery downtown, and carry it throughout the downtown area as you listen to live music at the Takin’ it to the Streets Concert Series or the Broad Street Bash.
Bull's Run Arboretum
Take a relaxing and scenic hike at Bull's Run Arboretum in Middletown. Bull's Run features wildlife, bird feeding stations, an arboretum including labeled species of trees, the last remaining free-flowing section of the historic Bull's Run creek and mulched trails.
The Middletown Historical Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1966. They operate two locations: The Canal Museum is located at 1605 North Verity Parkway on the outskirts of Smith Park, and the Shartle House. It is located at 120 North Verity Parkway near the corner of Verity and Manchester. The Startle House Museum hosts exhibits and is the former home of the Shartle family and was acquired by the Middletown Historical Society in 2013. This house was built circa 1900 and has housed many different owners over the years. More recently it has served as the Women's Center and the Girls Club. THe Middletown Historical Society also hosts regular community events.
Learn about the history of Miami-Erie Canal, operated from 1825 through 1929, at the Canal Museum. The museum presents displays that feature the history of the Miami-Erie Canal and the early industry of Middletown. The Canal Museum is a replica of a lock tenders house and showcases artifacts, photographs, and videos of the era. Tours are by appointment only.
Take the ultimate plunge with Middletown's Start Skydiving. Explore your daredevil side with a tandem jump from 13,000 feet. Start Skydiving is rated the #1 DropZone in the nation by DropZone.com! Make sure you get the video package to document your jump! For the thrill seeker, Start Skydiving offers the ultimate adventure in Middletown.
Major Sports Teams are 30-minutes Away!
If you’re a sports fan, you have great opportunities locally. Cincinnati is home to the Cincinnati Reds and the Cincinnati Bengals. Dayton hosts the Dayton Dragons (a Cincinnati Reds AA team) and Cincinnati hosts the Florence Freedom, a Frontier League independent baseball franchise. Robust college football and basketball programs can be found at the larger local universities, and you will often see University of Dayton, University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, Miami University and Northern Kentucky University teams in NCAA playoffs in football, basketball, hockey and other collegiate sports events. If you are a soccer fan, check out FC Cincinnati, the Queen City’s Professional Soccer Club.
Remember to Visit Nearby Cincinnati and Dayton
After you’ve explored all that Middletown has to offer, hop on the interstate and you are only 30 minutes north or south from a wide range of cultural activities.
In Cincinnati, you can visit the Cincinnati Museum Center, Museum of Natural History & Science, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Fire Museum, American Sign Museum Cincinnati, Taft Museum of Art, Cinergy Children’s Museum, Verdin Bell & Clock Museum Cincinnati, and the Cincinnati History Museum. See a Broadway show at the Arnoff Center or Cincinnati Music Center, or see a production of one of the many arts groups in town including the Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Contemporary Dance Theater.
After the show visit downtown Cincinnati and spend time at the Banks on the Ohio River or if your tastes are more eclectic, visit Over the Rhine, one of Cincinnati’s oldest neighborhoods, featuring historic buildings, a diverse mixture of people, shops, restaurants, and bars. It is frankly, one of the coolest places in Southwest Ohio.
In Dayton, you can visit the Dayton Art Institute, the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, America's Packard Museum, and the National Museum of the United States Air Force. In addition to Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, the Dayton Region's largest performing arts center, Greater Dayton has a vibrant theater community throughout the region. You can attend productions by the Dayton Ballet, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Dayton Opera, Dayton Theatre Guild, Human Race Theatre Company, Victoria Theatre Association and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra at venues including the Dayton Playhouse, La Comedia Dinner Theatre (Springboro), Loft Theatre, Progressive Dance Theater, Town Hall Theatre, and Victoria Theatre.
After the show, hang out in the galleries, shops, restaurants, bars, and businesses that call the Oregon District home. Oregon is Dayton's oldest neighborhood, dating back to the 19th century, and its creative inhabitants are passionate about preserving the entrepreneurial spirit of their district. Nearly all of the businesses are locally owned and operated. This is the place you come to peruse art, sip a latte while reading poetry, watch a film with subtitles, argue politics over a pitcher of beer, sway to live jazz or rock out to local bands, cry with laughter at a comedy club, treat yourself to some of Dayton's finest dining or grab some street food on your way out of the bars.
In the winter months, the magic and wonder of the holidays is on full display during Light Up Middletown. Taking place at Smith Park, Light Up Middletown is a drive-through holiday light display featuring a tunnel of lights, Santa’s Workshop, and dozens of animated displays.