There are 27 parks throughout the city for casual enjoyment, sports and recreation. The Meadow Ridge area of Elk Creek MetroPark has miles of trails to walk and enjoy. River Center at Bicentennial Commons is a great place to rest along the Great Miami River Trail. Smith Park features 96 acres as well as baseball diamonds, fishing pond, a skatepark, trails and picnic areas. Armco Park in Turtlecreek Township (Lebanon) features 311 acres with softball fields, a fishing and boating lake, picnic areas as well as an 18-hole golf course. Take a swing at The Golf Center, a course 15 minutes away designed by Jack Nicklaus. Shaker Run Golf Course is located nearby in Lebanon and features a 27-hole championship course. Additionally, several state parks are within easy driving distance, including Hueston Woods, Caesar’s Creek and Germantown Dam, and are great stops for boating, fishing and water-skiing. The Middletown YMCA offers many health and fitness opportunities. If you dare, enjoy sky diving at the Hook Field airport with Start Sky Diving. For those who enjoy gambling, Miami Valley Gaming casino is conveniently located in nearby Monroe.
Middletown’s history can be easily viewed by visiting the Canal Museum. Publications, relics and an extensive collection of artistic illustrations trace the cultural and economic growth of Middletown. An artist and lecture series is sponsored and held at the Miami University Middletown Campus. Residents enjoy even more arts at the Middletown Fine Arts Center, Sorg Opera Company and Middletown Lyric Theatre. The Pendleton Arts Center in Middletown offers art exhibits and events throughout the year. The Middletown Cincinnati State’s campus provides a learning environment for students as well as a Workforce Development Center for customized job training services and programs for the public.
There are several festivals to enjoy every year: The Ohio Challenge Balloon Festival (hot air balloons) is held in July. Light Up Middletown (a drive-through light display) is scheduled in December. The Middletown Arts Festival host community events from May through September with exhibits, workshops and other events.