Sunday, July 25, 2010

Young's Jersey Dairy - a fun day trip for everyone!

Terra G., a CMOTC mom, is sharing with us one of her family’s favorite little getaway from Columbus places – Young's Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs Ohio.


One of our favorite little getaways from Columbus is Young’s Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs. Just under an hour away, the Dairy features two restaurants, mini-golf, batting cages, a petting zoo, a little kids’ play area and a 30-foot slide for the bigger kids. Year-round the Dairy is known for its fabulously creamy ice cream, offered in a huge number of flavors. You could spend an hour visiting the animals and playing outside, followed up with lunch at the snack bar or adjoining Golden Jersey Inn restaurant, or a scoop or cone of their homemade ice cream. There are a lot of events year round, including a pumpkin patch in the fall.

The ice cream shop - which has a ton of fantastic flavors, along with Gelato and Sorbetto.

The petting barn is free and features cows and goats to pet and feed, many of which had little babies when we were visiting. Outside there are some tractors to climb on, and for a small fee, little kids can play in the Kiddie Korral. Featuring a huge sandbox filled with corn, little trykes, hay bales and slides and a bouncy house, this area is completely covered from the weather and offers a perfect diversion for the little ones. There is a modest entry fee, which includes a free ride on the Moovers and Shakers train – 10 cars made out of barrels pulled by a tractor around the farm and through the corn fields.

Charlotte at the petting barn.

Moovers and Shakers train.

Charlotte riding a tryke.

Charlotte and Veronica in the huge sandbox filled with corn.

This is a great little getaway when you want to get the kids out of town and do something different. You could make a day of it by following your visit to the Dairy with lunch at the adjacent Golden Jersey Inn, a cute little family friendly country-style restaurant at the other end of the complex. Or, plan your trip via I-71 and visit the outlets at Jeffersonville on your way back. Just south of the dairy is the town of Yellow Springs, which is a cute little college town with a couple of nice restaurants (try the Winds Café), coffee shops and health food stores. Just outside of town is a state park and nature preserve, and the entire length of US-68 between Xenia and Springfield features a really nice bike trail.

Young’s Jersey Dairy
6880 Springfield Xenia Road
Yellow Springs, OH

Have fun!


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