Are you thinking of an Oxford Staycation this summer? Here a list of top sights and things to do in Oxford. High Street is always buzzing with activity, but there is more going on in Oxford.
Hueston Woods State Park
6301 Park Office Rd, College Corner, OH 45003
You don’t need to go very far to head to the beach, go to Hueston Woods. Hueston Woods State Park, located in Butler and Preble counties, is nearly 3,000 acres of natural resources for outdoor recreation, such as hiking, fishing, canoeing, and unique to this region — fossil hunting. The park surrounds 625-acre Acton Lake, with campsites, cabins, and a resort lodge to entice the overnight visitor. Golf, conference center, archery, backpacking, mushroom hunting – want to do outdoors, head west to Hueston Woods.
Miami University Art Museum
Located in Miami University Speech & Hearing Clinic – 801 S Patterson Ave, Oxford, OH 45056
The galleries at Miami University are closed this summer for remodeling, but there are beautiful statues around the building. Make sure you visit the updated galleries in the fall.
401 E. Spring Street Oxford, Ohio 45056
Part of Educational History happened right here in Butler County. William Holmes McGuffey (1800-1873) was a Miami University faculty member in 1836 when he compiled the first edition of the McGuffey Eclectic Reader in this house.
His Reader taught lessons in reading, spelling, and civic education by using memorable stories of honesty, hard work, thrift, personal respect, and moral and ethical standards alongside illustrative selections from literary works. At the Miami University Sesquicentennial in 1958, the University purchased the house from the Wallace P. Roudebush family, and it was endowed by Emma Gould Blocker to serve as a museum of University history in honor of McGuffey’s legacy. The museum opened to the public in 1960 and the house was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966. It exhibits such unique artifacts as the octagonal table upon which the McGuffey Eclectic Reader was designed and the lectern McGuffey used as professor of Ancient Languages and Literature and University Librarian.
Open Thursday – Saturday 1:00pm – 5:00pm
100 Upham Hall, Oxford, OH 45056
Located in Upham Hall, room 100, on the main campus of Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), the Robert A. Hefner Museum of Natural History uses exhibits, collections and specimens, and interactive programs to teach visitors of all ages about biology and natural history. Through its exhibits and collections, the Hefner Museum helps visitors to understand and appreciate the importance of biodiversity, conservation, and ecology.
Admission is free. Open Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm
Goggin Ice Center
610 S Oak St, Oxford, OH 45056
If it’s hot outside, go to the Goggin Ice Center to cool off. Gather your friends and family and head to the Goggin Ice Center for a public skating session! Great fun for all ages and experience levels and a perfect addition to a heart healthy lifestyle.
Public open skates are happening this summer on Fridays from 7:15-9:15pm. Admission is $8.75 with skate rental at $3.00.