Things to Do in Hamilton, Ohio (Day Trip Ideas)

Looking for a fun destination for your next day trip adventure?

I’m sharing more about the top things to do in Hamilton, Ohio.

Things to Do During a Day Trip to Hamilton, Ohio

This article is written in partnership with the Butler County Visitors Bureau.

How Far is Downtown Cincinnati to Downtown Hamilton, Ohio?

If you are looking for a great day trip from Cincinnati, Hamilton is only 40 minutes away.

Donut Trail Passport

Get Your Donut Trail Passport Stamped at The Donut Dude

7132 Cincinnati Dayton Rd., West Chester, OH 45069

A stop on the Donut Trail is the BEST way to start your day trip in Hamilton.

The Donut Dude owner Glen and Laurie Huey

As the newest addition to the Donut Trail, The Donut Dude opened in March of 2020 with a desire to be a community donut shop for Liberty Township.

The Donut Dude is a labor of love and second act career for owners husband and wife, Glen and Laurie Huey. Glen’s previous vocation as a woodworker has transferred his craftsmanship skills from working with wood to now working with edible art.

The Donut Dude passport stop on the Donut Trail

How Many Donut Shops Are On the Donut Trail?

There are 13 donut shops on the Donut Trail. If you are going to try all in one day be prepared to get up EARLY. I would also recommend checking each business’s hours and days of operation before you go.

If you plan on taking home a lot of samples, you might want to pack a plastic knife and some Tupperware to help keep your extra donuts fresh.

donuts at The Donut Dude

Your hardest decision will be trying to narrow down all of the great choices. The donuts are cold dipped, meaning that the icing is heated instead of the donut for frosting.

We sampled bites from several donuts…because I take my research seriously. I would rather try smaller bites so that I can try even more flavors of donuts.

Our favorites from The Donut Dude were the following flavors:

  • Blueberry Fritter
  • Apple Fritter
  • Kettle Danish made with 27 layers of donut dough
donuts from The Donut Dude in Hamilton Ohio

My kids loved the Peanut Butter creme-filled donut – we didn’t sample that one because I knew that they would want the whole donut.

As you can tell I LOVE a good fritter!

I definitely want to come back for “Fritter Friday.” Hopefully, I can get there when they have their jalapeño-cheese fritter.

Apple fritters are offered every day and on weekends an extra flavor is offered.

Make sure that you follow them on Facebook and Instagram so that you don’t miss their newest creative flavors.

Taking Flight mural by Nicole Trimble in Hamilton Ohio
“Taking Flight” mural by Nicole Trimble

Find the Street Art Murals in Downtown Hamilton

I LOVE street art and Hamilton, Ohio has a lot of murals within close proximity to each other.

If you want to find a lot of murals in a little time I suggest going to Rotary Park.

Hamilton Cityscape (Snow Globe Style) by Melissa Lucid The Strauss_Market Murals
Hamilton Cityscape (Snow Globe Style) mural by Melissa Lucid

The Strauss/Market Murals

Strauss Market Murals are a collection of 10 murals lining the McDulin Parking Garage located directly behind Rotary Park.

street art murals in Hamilton Ohio

How to Find All of the Street Art Murals in Hamilton, Ohio

Make sure that you download the map and the app so that you plan ahead for which murals you want to see during your visit.

Download the StreetSpark Mural Map

Download the Otocast app

Alexander Hamilton statue in Hamilton Ohio

Visit Downtown Hamilton Shops on High Street

Youll find lots of great shops and restaurants on High Street in downtown Hamilton.

donuts from The Donut Dude

Sara’s House

254 High St., Hamilton, OH 45011

If you love modern vintage, this is the store for you!

Sara's House store in downtown Hamilton

Sara’s House specializes in unique gifts and repurposed items. Inside the store you’ll find one of a kind furniture, accessories, women’s clothing, gifts, decor and more.

Sara's House store in downtown Hamilton

I highly recommend taking a few laps around the store. Each time you will discover something that you didn’t notice before.

inside Sara's House store in Hamilton Ohio
items from Sara's House store in downtown Hamilton

I bought a leopard headband/ear warmer to keep and one to give. I also found plaid winter scarf and two fun whiskey themed teacups.

Insideout Studio Gallery and Gifts in Hamilton Ohio

Inside Out Studio

140 High St., Hamilton, OH 45011

InsideOut is an art studio for adults with developmental disabilities.

Insideout Studio in Hamilton Ohio

This studio has a special place in my heart as someone who had a sibling with special needs.

Insideout Studio Gallery and Gifts in Hamilton Ohio

The artists earn a 50% commission on their artwork sold.

ornaments at Insideout Studio Gallery and Gifts in Hamilton Ohio

The artists can also make commission pieces if you are looking for something specific.

gift items from Inside Out Studio store in downtown Hamilton

I bought a reindeer ornament, birdhouse and turkey napkin rings.

stuffed salmon at Tano Bistro in Hamilton Ohio

Enjoy lunch at Tano Bistro

150 Riverfront Plaza., Hamilton, OH 45011

During our visit we tried the following menu items:

Sprout 'n Snout Brussel Sprouts at Tano Bistro

Sprout ‘n Snout

brussel sprout + smoked pork belly + pecorino + lemon aiol

Tuscan Chicken at Tano Bistro

Tuscan Chicken

grilled chicken + crispy zucchini + prosciutto + fresh mozzarella + spinach aioli + focaccia

stuffed salmon at Tano Bistro in Hamilton Ohio

Stuffed Salmon

crab, bacon & brie stuffing + mashed potatoes + asparagus + beurre blanc

Tano Bistro in Hamilton Ohio

Tano Bistro has both indoor and outdoor seating options for guests.

Tano Bistro outdoor seating in Hamilton Ohio

Another perk is that it’s conveniently located steps from Marcum Park.

DORA cup in Hamilton Ohio

We ordered the “Fringe Fashioned” cocktail to-go made with Jameson, maple, espresso, citrus and bitters.

I loved that this specific cocktail had a give-back element that directly benefitted The Fringe Coffee House.

The Fringe Coffee House exists to empower inmates, ex-felons and
those on the fringes of society to live healthy, whole lives. 

They do this through their 8-week prison music therapy program dedicated
towards getting to the root causes of incarceration and destructive behavior, building kinship and mentoring those incarcerated and upon
their release providing gainful employment, and a holistic re-entry support plan all under one roof. 

Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area DORA cup in Hamilton Ohio

Did you know that Hamilton has a DORA (Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area)?

That’s right, in designated areas from 12PM to 12AM, you can order a drink to-go in an official DORA cup. With the Hamilton DORA cup, you can sip, stroll, and shop within the DORA district boundaries.

Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area DORA cup in Hamilton Ohio

Where Can You Go With a DORA Cup?

You can check out the interactive map and Hamilton DORA for specific streets and businesses selling DORA cups.

Take a purchased drink into non-liquor serving establishments that have the green “DORA Beverage Welcome” sticker on the front of their business.

More Hamilton DORA Tips and Rules

When you see a sign that says the DORA district boundaries have ended, you can finish your drink and throw the cup away.

Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area DORA cup in Hamilton Ohio

You cannot bring your own drinks to the district. All beverages must be purchased from a liquor serving establishment and it must be in a designated Hamilton DORA cup.

DORA stickers in Hamilton Ohio

The Black DORA sticker indicates a designated Hamilton DORA liquor serving establishment.

The Green DORA sticker indicates a retail or service establishment that permits DORA beverages to enter.

A Red DORA sticker indicates NO DORA beverages are permitted on the premises.

Main Street in Hamilton Ohio
“The Delicate Balance of Progress” mural by Annie Hamel

Visit Shops on Main Street in Hamilton

Main Street is another section of Hamilton with cute shops and restaurants.

inside Scripted Studio store in Hamilton Ohio

Scripted Studio

306 Main St., Hamilton, OH 45013

Scripted Studio store in Hamilton Ohio

Scripted Studio has stationary with sass, seasonal and “delightful doodads.” This is fun stop if you are looking for a unique gift with a little edge.

Scripted Studio in Hamilton Ohio
cork board United States map Scripted Studio in Hamilton Ohio

I LOVED finding this United States map made out of corkboard. I cannot wait to add pins from my previous travels on it.

Hamilton Mural in Hamilton Ohio
“Alexander” mural by Nicole Trimble

Alexander Mural

313 Main St., Hamilton, OH 45013

While you are wondering about the shops on Main Street, you can stop and check out the Alexander mural nearby.

Hamilton Ohio Craft and Cocktail Quest Champ

Hamilton Craft & Cocktail Quest

The Hamilton Craft & Cocktail Quest new digital pass program provides another unique way to explore and experience Hamilton. It also includes secret menu items and specials.

Once a quest participant checks in at 10 of the DORA locations, they will earn their medal! Get started by downloading the FREE Craft & Cocktail Quest Pass with discount perks.

Classic car Mural in Hamilton Ohio
“Hey Caddy-O” by Nicole Trimble

Additional Things to Do in Butler County, Ohio

You can check out my articles from previous visits to Butler County for even more adventures to add to your list.

Top things to do during a visit to Butler County, Ohio

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