We all get a craving to hit the open road and get away every once in a while, but traveling sometimes means dropping some serious dough. The next time you find yourself yearning for an excursion, considering heading up to Oxford, OH.
When you’re short on cash, a day trip to Oxford can be an exciting escape from Cincinnati. Home to Miami University, Oxford is only around an hour drive from here. You can spend less than $10 per person with the following budget-friendly itinerary to one of Ohio’s quaintest college towns.
ADDRESS: 5201 College Corner Pike, Oxford, OH (45056)
Hueston Woods State Park is packed full of family-friendly outdoor activities. Take a scenic hike on one of 12 hiking trails (or tackle the 20-mile mountain biking trail) before taking a dip in the lake to cool down. Then, visit the archery range and dog park, enjoy a picnic, go bird-watching, do some fishing, travel a bridle trail (if you bring your own mount), or fossil-hunt among the remains of the ancient sea that used to cover the area.
The park also features a 36-hole disk golf course for you to play on for free. NOTE: It’s currently closed for the rest of the 2019 season for removal and replacement of dead and weak trees, but will reopen in the future.
ADDRESS: 801 S Patterson Avenue, Oxford (45056)
The Miami University Art Museum has more than 17,000 pieces, many of which are regularly displayed across five galleries of changing exhibitions. These collections range from traditional art like paintings and sculptures to more eclectic pieces like oil lamps, wood engravings, and everything in between. Although the museum is currently closed (it reopens August 27th), the sculpture park on the surrounding grounds is open to visitors year-round.
ADDRESS: 501 E. High Street, Oxford, OH (45056)
American poet Robert Frost described Miami University as, “the most beautiful campus that ever there was.” One visit is all you’ll need to agree with him. When it comes to history, the University dates back to 1809, ranked as the second oldest Ohio university, and the country’s 10th oldest public university.
Red brick buildings, manicured pathways, and towering trees turn every corner of the sprawling campus into the perfect spot for a photoshoot, especially when the leaves change in the fall and the flowers bloom in the spring.
ADDRESS: 119 E High Street, Oxford (45056)
Cost: $5-10 per bagel sandwich
Recharge with a steamed bagel at this late-night Miami staple. Ask any Miami alumni what they miss most about Oxford and you'll hear Bagel & Deli on almost every list. The casual eatery on High Street offers more than 90 (yes, ninety) steamed bagel sandwiches on their hand-drawn menu, like the famous “Crunch n’ Munch” topped with Doritos chips; the “Cookie Monster” with cream cheese, cinnamon, and a chocolate chip cookie; and the "Just a Bagel," which is exactly what you think it is.
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Start off your trip by looking through the photo gallery above. Visit Oxford’s website to learn even more about the city.