Discover Oxford with your student
Miami University Art Museum (801 S. Patterson Avenue)
McGuffey House and Museum (401 E. Spring Street)
Hefner Museum of Natural History (100 Upham Hall)
Within easy walking distance of one another on campus is a trio of cultural treasures. In the mood for Rembrandt, Picasso or a world-class collection of Leica cameras? Head to the Art Museum. If natural history is more your style, start at the Hefner (don’t miss the “Hoofs, Horns, Antlers and Claws” gallery). Finally, be charmed at the museum dedicated to William Holmes McGuffey (1800-1873), the Miami University faculty member who created the McGuffey Eclectic Reader series, thereby transforming the way reading was taught in the U.S. from after the Civil War well into the 20th century.
For students and visitors alike, Miami University’s Formal Gardens and Dogwood Grove are tranquil places to slip away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Meander the 1.7 mile tree walk at the Gardens, or simply sit and enjoy the Grove’s pond and fountain. Both areas access extensive hiking trails.
Intersection of Main and High Streets
2 minute drive
Talk to the people who grow the food you eat on Saturdays year-round at the Oxford Farmer’s Market. Absolutely everything here is locally sourced, as fresh and delicious as can be. In addition to fruits and vegetables, you’ll find cupcakes, crafts and cooking demonstrations. Back home with your marketing, go to their website to find wonderful recipes.
6301 Park Office Road, College Corner, OH
8 minute drive
General admission and parking are free
Relax and recreate at this beautiful state park on Acton Lake, where you can hike, bird watch, swim, canoe, sled and hunt for fossils, too. A portion of the woods is an old-growth (never timbered) forest and a National Landmark. There is an 18-hole golf course, as well as a campground and a resort lodge if you decide to linger in the area. Seasonal events (an Apple Butter Festival and more) at the adjacent Pioneer Farm Museum are lots of fun.
5401 Corso Road
5 minute drive
Built in 1868 and restored in 2000, the Black Covered Bridge is one of the last original covered bridges in southwestern Ohio, and notable for incorporating two truss types (Childs and Long). Travel slowly over the bridge, and feel yourself transported back in time.