Quiet streets, whimsical shops, rugged brick facades and historic charm are hallmarks of Tipp City, a small city of about 10,000 residents, just north of Dayton.

Quiet streets, whimsical shops, rugged brick facades and historic charm are hallmarks of Tipp City, a small city of about 10,000 residents, just north of Dayton. Originally known as "Tippecanoe" or "Tippecanoe City," it forfeited its claim to that title to another Tippecanoe, Ohio (in Harrison County on the east side of the state), in 1938.

Tipp City has gone on to forge its own identity with community events like the Mum Festival in September, excellent recreational trails and haunted house tours. Plus the small-town vibe of its picturesque Main Street makes it an easy and enjoyable place to navigate on a day trip.


Browse Awhile Books (118 E. Main St.; 937-667-7200; browseawhilebookshop.com; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays) Not only does this bookstore have rooms upon rooms of used books, it's also purported to be haunted. The owners even run Tipp City Paranormal and lead ghost tours around the city a few times a year and host ghost investigations in the bookstore in October. The store's Facebook page (Haunted-Browse-Awhile-Books) lists upcoming events.

Cairns Toys (31 E. Main St.; 937-667-7622; cairnstoys.com; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays with extended hours in the summer and between Thanksgiving and Christmas) Independently owned and operated, Cairns is the area's only specialty toy store and one of the best known in Ohio. Children are welcome to play amidst the shelves of goodies.

Grounds for Pleasure (115 E. Main St.; 937-669-5288; On Facebook: Grounds-for-Pleasure-Coffee-House-and-Cafe; 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays) The perfect afternoon pick-me-up awaits you in the form of a piping-hot or iced-cold cup of coffee. Try a Snickers latte, Jones soda or a muffin as you relax on one of the many comfy couches.

Living Simply Soap (112 E. Main St.; 937-667-1000; livingsimplysoap.com; 10 a.m.-6p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 12 noon-4 p.m. Sundays) Run by the Brown family, this store offers a colorful experience for all ages with fizzy bath bombs, scores of different scented soaps and scrubs and lotions, bath toys and a line of toddler clothing.

Sam and Ethel's (120 E. Main St.; 937-667-0113; samandethels.com; 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays) Come in for a home-style meal or just a slice of pie and cup of coffee. There are burgers, sandwiches, breakfast items and plenty of kid-friendly entrees including silver dollar pancakes and popcorn shrimp.

Sweet by Kristy (29 E. Main St.; 937-506-0593; sweetbykristy.com; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays) For something sweet at the end of a long day of adventure, stop by this confectionary for a homemade Monkey Berry cupcake, whoopie pie or even a treat for your pooch.

Tipp Roller Mill (225 E. Main St.; 937-667-3696; tipprollermill.com; open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings as scheduled) This historic mill is located next to Lock #15 on the old Miami and Erie Canal and is now home to entertainment of all sorts. Music ranging from bluegrass to big band can be heard starting at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of every month from May through December. Occasionally local theatre groups perform here, too.


City Park (North Third Street and Parkwood Drive) is a tree-filled favorite with children who just want to get out and play. It also includes a disc golf course, the Roundhouse historic structure and is home to the Tippecanoe Family Aquatic Center (see below). Barefoot Canoe, a canoe livery just down the street (Phone: 937-698-4351; barefootcanoe.com) offers a relaxing escape on the Great Miami River.

Kyle Park (also located near North Third Street and Parkwood Drive) This city-owned park has a little bit of everything for an enjoyable day outside - baseball diamonds, soccer fields, volleyball and basketball courts and batting cages. There are also horseshoe pits, a skate park, fishing pond, driving range, playground equipment and even a dog park.

Tippecanoe Family Aquatic Center (225 Parkwood Drive; 937-667-2781; tippcityohio.gov/services/parks/aquatic-center; $7 ages 18-64, $6 ages 3-17, $5 ages 65+, free ages 2 and younger) This facility is so much more than a pool - it's practically a water park. Cool off from the heat of the day with two water slides, a ground spray area, diving boards and three pools for a variety of ages, including a children's play area.