Day Trips

Day Trips

Are you looking for a one-day get away with no overnight stays? JOY has a wide range of day trips departing from Cincinnati and Dayton to great destinations around the area. Speak with your JOY travel consultant regarding available travel specials and best rates available.

Here are some featured day trips to consider. JOY Tour & Travel looks forward to answering any questions and recommending additional local travel opportunities that will delight you.


Wonderful Music of Oz

Sunday, April 7, 2019
Follow the yellow brick road with JOY to Music Hall in Downtown Cincinnati! Fans of Wicked, The Wizard of Oz and The Wiz, this one’s for you! With hits spanning Broadway, Hollywood and pop, The Wonderful Music of Oz features bewitching vocalists and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra bringing all-things-Oz to life in this unique concert experience. Built in 1878, this classic entertainment venue is considered one of the best and most beautiful concert theaters in the world, and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1975. Enjoy lunch prior to the concert at Brio Tuscan Grille.


Beautiful Vistas & Butterflies

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Discover the beauty of the Queen City! Once a year, the Krohn Conservatory plays host to an abundance of majestic and colorful butterflies. Come with JOY as we tour the Conservatory and visit the Butterfly Room, where thousands of beautiful and graceful butterflies are free to fly throughout this specially-themed garden show room. After your Butterfly encounter, head into Downtown Cincinnati to the newest development “The Banks”, located right by the Ohio River, to enjoy lunch at the Moerlein Lager house overlooking the Cincinnati Cityscape, Great American Ballpark, and the river. Then a local guide will meet you at the restaurant to depart on a City Tour to include “the Banks”, Washington Park, and Over-the-Rhine. Your last stop will be Findlay Market, operating since 1855 and listed to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1972. You will be able to browse and shop the many various stands located throughout the Marketplace.


Bourbon Trail – Pt. 3

Thursday, May 2, 2019
This year, we continue our journey along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, focusing on Lawrenceburg, KY. Your first stop will be at the Wild Turkey Distillery for a tour and tasting. For 75 years, the Master Distillers at Wild Turkey have been perfecting their product. Don’t forget to take a look in the gift shop. Enjoy lunch right down the road at local favorite, Heavens to Betsy! After lunch, it’s off to the Four Roses Distillery located on scenic Salt River. You rarely see Spanish mission-style architecture in Kentucky like you can at this unique Distillery, which was built in 1910 and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Unlike any other Bourbon, only Four Roses handcrafts 10 distinct and extraordinary Bourbon recipes. One has been selected by hand to become Four Roses Single Barrel. Four are expertly mingled by hand to create Four Roses Small Batch. And as many as all 10 are used to create Four Roses Bourbon.  This will be a full day so bring lots of energy, good cheer, and your taste buds! A valid PHOTO ID required.


Discover Greensburg, IN

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Enjoy an afternoon in Greensburg, IN, home to the Courthouse Tree.  That’s right, for over 100 years the town has had a tree growing out of the top of the Courthouse.  Enjoy lunch at Highpoint Orchard surrounded by fruit trees and vines.  You will have some time to peruse their lovely gift/craft shop with some homemade jam, jellies and other goods.  Afterwards, head to the Decatur County Historical Society Museum.  Located within a preserved 19th Century home, Learn about the history of Decatur County while viewing their impressive collections of Native American Artifacts and 18th-20th Century memorabilia.  Next, you will have free time on the square.  View the famous Courthouse Tree, peruse the various boutique and antique shops or stop in at a café for a sweet treat.



Wine & Weberdings

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Travel with JOY into Indiana, near Batesville.  Your first stop is at Ertel Cellars Winery.  You will have lunch in the dining room or on the deck (weather permitting) overlooking the tranquil rolling hills surrounding the winery.  If in the dining room, you can watch the wine-making process right through the windows.  Following lunch, there will be a guided tour of the Wine Cellar and a tasting.  Experience the award-winning wines that are handcrafted from the Vines to the Wines.  For a tasting, choose from more than 15 options from fruity to Chardonnay to Vignoles to Chambourcin.  Don’t forget to take your favorites home with you!  Next, travel to Weberdings Carving Shop, a truly unique business dealing in hand-crafted furniture, toys and all other things wood.  Learn about the process of wood carving and browse the showroom.  A valid PHOTO ID required.



Ricky Nelson Remembered

Tuesday, June 18, 2019
With a career spanning decades, from his early years on his parent’s Radio/TV show, The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, through his teenage heart-throb years (for whom the title “Teen Idol” was first coined) and his rise as a Rock icon during the golden age of rock ’n’ roll (credited with founding the country rock music genre). He established himself as one of the most important rock artists of the ‘50s and ‘60s with over 200 million career record sales. Today Ricky’s legacy lives on through his twin sons, Matthew and Gunnar. Hit-makers in their own right with their band Nelson, they wanted to pay tribute to their legendary father and grandparents by creating this unique multi-media entertainment event. Listen to Ricky Nelson’s hit songs (including “Hello Mary Lou”, “Travelin’ Man”, “Garden Party”) performed by Matthew & Gunnar and see never before seen big screen video footage of the NELSON family with interviews from celebrities influenced by Ricky Nelson. Don’t miss this dynamic tribute paying homage to Rock ’n’ Roll icon, Ricky Nelson, in Plain City, OH. Enjoy a full family-style Ohio Amish luncheon at Der Dutchman Restaurant prior to the show.


Wright in Ohio

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Come along with JOY an afternoon of artistic discovery! Your first stop is Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House. Built in 1908 for entrepreneurs, Burton and Orpha Westcott, it is was only recently rediscovered in 2001 and saved from demolition. The Westcott House not only embodies Frank Lloyd Wright’s innovative Prairie School architectural design but also extended Wright’s concept of relating the building to its site by means of a terrace, a lily pond, gardens, and other landscape elements. An extensive pergola capped with an intricate wooden trellis connected the detached garage to the main house, a design element included in only a few of Wright’s Prairie Style houses. Then enjoy a delicious meal at one of Springfield’s top restaurants. After lunch, visit the Springfield Museum of Art. Here discover a vast collection of paintings, photographs, drawings and sculptures from 19th & 20th century American, European and local Ohio artists. As a Smithsonian affiliate, you may also find some treasures on loan from the Washington D.C. museum.


Ron Retzer’s Classic Country

Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Thursday, August 8, 2019
$119 Either Day
Travel with JOY to Der Dutchman in Plain City, OH for a fabulous afternoon of live entertainment and a delicious lunch. Ron Retzer is back with an All New Classic Country Show, chock-full of country classics and corny comedy. With Ron and his sidekicks, Roger Hoard on guitar and John Parrendo on fiddle, fans are in for a hand clapp’n, toe tapp’n good time. Re-live the sounds of country greats, like Charlie Rich, Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Glen Campbell, Ronnie Milsap, Ray Stevens and more.



Antiques & Ambiance

Thursday, August 15, 2019
Enjoy a picturesque drive through the rolling Kentucky countryside, lined with stone fences and horse farms, to find a jewel in the heart of the Bluegrass! Our destination is Irish Acres Gallery of Antiques, a 32,000-ft. gallery housed in a renovated former Elementary School. Twinkling lights glimmer in the softly lit foyer, casting reflections on delicate crystal and polished silver. Soft music and a refreshing fragrance beckon friends to come in and explore the 50 showrooms on three levels of displayed antique European and American furniture, collectibles, crystal, silver, china, international gift-ware, bronzes, jewelry, and ladies boutique items! Whether you are strolling down memory lane or looking for a particular treasure, there is sure to be something that will catch your eye! For lunch, we venture to the lower level of the gallery and enjoy an elegant and delicious three-course luncheon at The Glitz.


“On Golden Pond” at La Comedia

Sunday, August 25, 2019
Enjoy lunch and a live performance of a this classic American comedy/drama that’s every bit as touching, warm and witty today as when it debuted on Broadway in 1979.  The Academy Award-winning 1981 film adaptation starred Henry Fonda, Katherine Hepburn and Jane Fonda.  Retired couple Ethel and Norman Thayer spend every summer at their home on Golden Pond.  This year, their adult daughter visits, bringing along her fiancé’s teenage son.  Join the Thayer’s as they navigate through the turbulent relationship between father and daughter, the generation gap between young and old, and the difficulties facing a couple in the twilight of a long marriage.





Ride the Rails in Kentucky

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Embark on a Scenic Railroad adventure with JOY!  We will depart for the “Bluegrass State” in the morning.  Our destination is the Bluegrass Railroad Museum located in Versailles, KY in a beautifully restored train depot.  The museum showcases railroad history with rare train artifacts such as an original station master’s desk, a watchman’s shanty, rail tracks dating back to 1831 and an authentic, working telegraph.  Board a train for a 90-min. ride through the Kentucky countryside, passing two beautiful horse farms and traveling along the palisades of the Kentucky River.  Descend almost 300’ through limestone cuts right to the edge of the river where you’ll see a rail bridge built in 1889 (the train will stop here for pictures), before heading back to the depot.  Lunch will be included at a local restaurant.  This will be a long day do bring lots of energy and good cheer!


Tribute to Victory Canteen

Monday, September 16, 2019
Enjoy lunch and a live concert at La Comedia.  The Tom Daugherty Orchestra recreates the sound and look of the original Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band with the original music arrangements.  The orchestra is under direction of trombonist and musical arranger, Tom Daugherty.  Come celebrate our Nation’s Heroes past, present and future as you are transported back in time!




A Colorful History

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019
Today you will have the pleasure of viewing one of the largest stained glass studios in Ohio, the BeauVerre Riordan Studio in Middletown. You will not only see the beautiful stained glass creations, but also learn about the process of creating these colorful works of art. After a stop at the gift shop, you will depart for a short ride to Lebanon to have lunch at the oldest Inn in Ohio, The Golden Lamb. Built in 1803, it still operates today as an Inn and Restaurant. You will no doubt enjoy not only the food but the atmosphere and scenery at this historical gem. Then enjoy some free time for shopping as you explore historic Main Street in Lebanon, OH.






Noah’s ARK Encounter

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
The ARK Encounter is a historically themed attraction, which features a full-size Noah’s Ark, built according to the dimensions given in the Bible. Spanning 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high, this modern engineering marvel amazes visitors young and old. In an entertaining, educational and immersive way, it presents a number of scriptural events centered on a full size, all wood ark, which is the largest timber framed structure in the U.S. Created to be family oriented, historically authentic, and environmentally friendly, the Ark features three different levels: Level I before the flood; Level II during the flood; Level III after the flood. From the moment you turn the corner and the towering Ark comes into view, to the friendly animals in the zoo, to the jaw-dropping exhibits inside the Ark, you’ll experience the pages of the Bible like never before! Lunch will be included at the Park.



A Civil War History in Richmond, KY

Friday, October 18, 2019
Journey into the past with JOY as we head south to Historic Richmond, KY.  First stop is the Visitor’s Center where a local guide will join the group to lead a Riding Tour of Richmond and Eastern Kentucky University with a stop at the famous Daniel Boone Statue.  After the tour, enjoy an included lunch at Cracker Barrel.  Your next stop is Battlefield Park and Roger House.  Learn about the 2nd largest Civil War battle in Kentucky, The Battle of Richmond on Aug. 29-30, 1862 was one of the most decisive and complete Confederate victories.  Stop and tour Roger House, which served as a hospital while the battle waged on all around it.  You can still see the cannon balls embedded in the walls.  Lastly, tour Mt. Zion Church and learn about its history prior to, during and after the war.  Mt. Zion Christian Church is still active today.



An Autumn Afternoon in Brown County

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Come along with JOY for a relaxing Autumn Afternoon in picturesque Brown County, IN. Take in the magnificent display of fall colors as you drive through Brown County State Park on your way to the Abe Martin Lodge for a buffet luncheon. After lunch, depart for “Little Nashville” where you will have time to explore this quaint village at your own pace. Visit one of the hundreds of unique craft, specialty & antique shops that line the streets. This is a great place to stock up on holiday gifts. In the many shops you can find original watercolor paintings, sculptures, toys from yesterday, stained glass art, solid wood furniture, wood carvings, hand-blown glass, custom jewelry, custom/unique clothing and much more!



Elf the Musical

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
A title known the world over, Elf the Musical is a hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy based on the beloved holiday film starring Will Farrell.  Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole.  The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth.  With Santa’s permission, he embarks on a journey to New York City to discover his true identity.  Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the Naughty List and his half-brother doesn’t believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.  Lunch will be included prior to the show at the Derby Dinner Playhouse.



Christmas of Yesteryear

Monday, December 2, 2019
Travel with JOY to Der Dutchman in Plain City, OH for a nostalgic Holiday celebration with live entertainment and a delicious lunch.  Audience favorite and “Keyboard King,” Ron Retzer, along with the rich voices of Jennifer Galownia and Bob Wolfe bring you a heart-warming celebration of old-time Christmas favorites and memorable songs of praise. Adding another dimension, Ron will excite you with his mastery of the Armonica, a unique musical instrument invented by Benjamin Franklin and played by a rare few today.  Don’t miss this magical afternoon filled with Holiday Spirit!





Christmas Town at the Creation Museum

Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Experience the wonder that surrounded the Savior’s birth at this Christmas event featuring a live nativity, spectacular lights displays, and more!  Stroll through the museum’s botanical gardens amid the breathtaking display of thousands of multi-colored lights.  As you walk through the Garden of Lights, you’ll also encounter one of the Magi, a wise man who journeyed to Bethlehem to see “the one who [was] born King of the Jews” and learn of his amazing journey.  Step back in time as you view a realistic recreation of the events surrounding the night of our Savior’s birth. Reflect on the true meaning of Christmas as you watch Mary and Joseph with baby Jesus.  Explore the museums many exhibits that bring the story of the bible to life and stop by the gift shop.  Dinner will be included at the museum.