The Jackson Five Family recently went on a weekend trip arranged by the Butler County Visitor’s Bureau in Butler County, Ohio. Most of our visit was complimentary –however, all opinions are honest and our own!
A few weeks ago we went on a 2 day adventure to Butler County, Ohio which was a 1 hour and 45 min drive from us. We had been to a few places in Butler County before, but boy were we missing out on so many fun new places that we had never heard of or visited before.
On the first day we arrived at our hotel the Courtyard Marriott located in downtown Hamilton. First impression is big for us when it comes to staying at a hotel and this one didn’t disappoint. Our room was very clean and modern, it offered a good sized indoor pool that the boys had full reign over, the staff was friendly and helpful and we loved that it was right across the street from Municipal Brew Works, an awesome brewery that I will tell you all about a little bit later. It was within short driving distance to so many things and very easy to come and go from.
Once settled in we took off for our first adventure, Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum. This is a 300+ acre outdoor Sculpture Park and Indoor Ancient Sculpture museum with antiquities dating back to 1550 BC. We toured the park by hopping on an Art Cart (aka golf cart) and buzzing up and down and all throughout this hilly park searching and finding each unique sculpture. I have never been to anything like this.
I wasn’t sure what to think when I saw this on our itinerary or what the boys would think, but this place was so beautiful and such a cool, unique thing to have in Ohio. If you visit, which we highly recommend you MUST rent the Art Cart to take you on your adventures. It was such a fun afternoon. The sun was shining, we were outdoors enjoying nature, art and family time and had so many good laughs at Craig driving up and down the hills on the cart!
After the park we headed back to our hotel and walked across the street to the next stop on our trip —Municipal Brew Works that I mentioned above. This was one of our favorite places we visited while in Hamilton. Municipal Brew Works is a family (and dog friendly) brewery and tap room. Once the downtown Municipal building housing the fire department, police station, jail cells and the city vault, it’s now a beautifully restored brewery offering craft beers with so much history behind it.
We were welcomed by one of the owners, Jim Goodman who started our tour off right with of course a flight sampling. He then gave us a full tour of the building which was awesome, explaining the history as well as giving us an insight on how their beer is made. We were amazed at everything that is factored into the brewing process. You have to know what you’re doing down to a science and Jim is very knowledgeable at what he and the rest of the crew at Municipal Brew Works does. The brewery doesn’t offer food, but it has a regular schedule of food trucks and many events with live music lined up throughout the year. Pair all of that with their delicious craft beers and you’ve got an awesome atmosphere here. My favorite was their True West Coffee Porter –who knew blending their Midnight Cut porter with Hamilton’s local coffee house, True West Coffee’s cold-brew could taste and smell so amazing –yum!
We love that MBW is very much community based. They support other small businesses and want the downtown area to continuing growing.
The boys favorite part is that they’ve teamed up with Butler Tech, making Brewhous Dog Bones. So with the used beer grains left over at MBW young adults with disabilities are able to turn them into delicious treats for your pets which are also sold at the brewery. Whitley loved them and on our next visit, we will definitely have to bring her!
We ended our first night having dinner at Jolly’s Drive-In
and going to Holiday Auto Theatre, Hamilton’s local drive-in. Jolly’s has been around for 81 years and Holiday Auto Theatre for 70 so you know they are both doing something right!
We can never pass up some of life’s most simple past times like old fashioned coney dogs, rootbeer floats and a good ol’ drive in movie. It was the perfect ending to our first day in Butler County.
Who knew Butler County offered so many neat, fun things to do. I’ll be back soon to share day 2 and 3 of our adventures!
To plan your trip to Butler County, Ohio you can visit the Butler County Visitors Bureau –your guide to Butler County!