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.


“Anything Goes”

Thursday, April 16, 2020 – CANCELLED
When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention head out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love, proving that sometimes… “Anything Goes”. Nightclub singer/evangelist Reno Sweeney is en-route from New York to England. Her pal Billy Crocker has stowed away to be near his love, Hope Harcourt, but the problem is Hope is engaged to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Joining this love triangle on the luxury liner are Public Enemy #13, Moonface Martin and his sidekick-in-crime Erma. With the help of some elaborate disguises, tap-dancing sailors and good old-fashioned blackmail, Reno and Martin join forces to help Billy in his quest to win Hope’s heart.  Lunch will be included prior to the show at the Derby Dinner Playhouse in Clarksville, IN.




Blooms and Butterflies

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 – RESCHEDULED TO MAY 12, 2021
Enjoy a colorful afternoon at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.  First, meet your guide for a docent led tour through the various collections, exhibitions and gardens.  Then, marvel at the beauty as hundreds of colorful butterflies fly freely in the Pacific Island Water Garden at the Conservatory’s 25th Anniversary of Blooms & Butterflies.  In this tropical haven filled with bright nectar blooms, you will see a diverse array of butterflies soaring overhead or basking on nearby plant life.  Savor a delicious box lunch as you picnic on the grounds.  After lunch, travel a short distance to Topiary Park.  Here you will enjoy the unique experience of walking into and through a work of art.  This 7-acre public park is famous around the world as the living representation of George Seurat’s 1884 painting, Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.  Stroll through topiaries of 54 people, eight boats, three dogs, a monkey, and a cat!



Honoring the Highwaymen

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 – RESCHEDULED TO SEPTEMBER 22, 2020
The Highwaymen – Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Waylon Jennings are three of Country Music’s greatest artists of all time.  This show will revisit the ever popular songs of the Highwaymen, performed by the original Outlaws of Country Music: Jeffery Carr as Willie, Rock Harley as Johnny and Matt King as Waylon. You will be astounded with The Outlaws re-creation of country music’s favorite sons!  Lunch will be included prior to the show at Villa Milano in Columbus, OH.





“The Sound of Music”

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 – RESCHEDULED TO JANUARY 27, 2021
The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein, The Sound of Music, has become a play beloved around the world. Based on the true story of the Von Trapp Family Singers, it is a tale of growth and hope amidst the horrors of World War II. The Sound of Music tells the tale of young postulant Maria Rainer, whose free spirit has trouble fitting into Nonnberg Abbey. Commissioned by the Mother Abbess to serve as the governess for seven motherless children, Maria transforms the Von Trapp family home from a place of dour rules and regulations to one filled with joy, laughter, and music. In the process, Maria wins the hearts of all seven children and their widower father, Captain Von Trapp. When the Nazis show up at their door to take Captain Von Trapp away, Maria, the Captain, and the children flee over the mountains of Switzerland to safety, taking the words of the Mother Abbess to heart: “Climb Every Mountain… till you find your dream.” The famous score includes “My Favorite Things,” “The Hill Are Alive,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and the title tune. Lunch will be included prior to the show at Beef & Boards in Indianapolis, IN.



Day at the Races at Churchill Downs

Friday, June 19, 2020 – RESCHEDULED TO JUNE 18, 2021
Spend the day at the home of the Kentucky Derby!  Your day will begin at the Kentucky Derby Museum where you will learn about the history of Thoroughbred racing, Churchill Downs, and the Kentucky Derby.  Watch an 18 minute video titled “The Greatest Race”, take a guided Historic Walking tour of Churchill Downs and have time on your own to explore the Museum and Gift Shop.  Then, it’s off to the races!  Savor a delicious Buffet Luncheon at Chef’s Table.  Study your included Race Day Program, place your bets and take your seats (either on Millionaires Row or Skye Terrace, TBD) for a thrilling afternoon of live horse racing!  NOTE: This will be a long day, approx. 12 ⅟2 hrs, so bring lots of energy and good cheer.




Welcome to Margaritaville

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 – RESCHEDULED TO OCTOBER 15, 2020
Calling all “Parrot Heads”! Set your mind on “island time”, dig out your flower shirts and flip flops and enjoy a laid back afternoon with the music of Jimmy Buffett. Tom Watt is known as the “Buffettman” and will dazzle you with his unique tribute to Island Music and Spirit of Jimmy Buffett.  A true double (in looks and voice), Tom even appeared as Buffet’s photo double in the comedy movie “Hoot”.  Lunch will be included prior to the show at Villa Milano in Columbus, OH.





BB Riverboat Cruise

Thursday, August 6, 2020
Step back in time as you board the Belle of Cincinnati at Newport Landing for a 2 hr. Ohio River Sightseeing cruise.  During the cruise, you will enjoy onboard entertainment and the Captain’s Lunch Buffet.  The flagship of BB Riverboats, this majestic and ornate beauty offers an unforgettable experience and features three climate-controlled decks (Newport, Covington & Bellevue) plus an Open Air upper viewing deck, all with elevator access.  After the cruise, stop by Findlay Market, Ohio’s oldest continuously operated public market and one of Cincinnati’s most cherished institutions.  Operating since 1855 and listed to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1972, it’s home to more than 40 indoor merchants selling meat, fish, poultry, produce, flowers, cheese, deli, and ethnic foods.  Come and enjoy a leisurely summer day along the Ohio River with good friends, good food & good fun!



The Buddy Holly Story

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Experience the sensational musical about the bespectacled, 1950s rock and roll icon. This non-stop entertaining rock show recounts Buddy Holly’s 18-month, meteoric rise to fame and the indelible impact he left on the industry after his untimely death at the age of 22. Influencing artists from The Beatles to Bruce Springsteen and plenty of musicians in between, the early rocker is immortalized in this mesmerizing musical memoir. Performances include over 20 of his greatest hits like “That’ll Be the Day,” “It’s So Easy to Fall in Love” and “Peggy Sue,” along with Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” and The Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace.”  Lunch will be included prior to the show at the Derby Dinner Playhouse in Clarksville, IN.



VIP Private Horse Farm Tour

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Go behind the scenes at Claiborne Farms near Paris, KY.  Your tour will include a fascinating overview of Claiborne’s storied history, including its involvement with Triple Crown winner Secretariat. See where the legend is buried, and walk the grounds where many other famous racehorses called home.  Enjoy lunch surrounded by owners and jockeys at Keeneland’s Track Kitchen.  After lunch, head to Thoroughbred Park, 2.5 acres dedicated to celebrating the horse-racing industry.




Noah’s Ark Encounter

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
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.




Friday, October 9, 2020
Travel into the “Bluegrass State” for an afternoon of horse racing at beautiful Keeneland.  Your first stop will be the Marriott Griffin Gate for a deli buffet lunch, which consists of sandwich, soup, salads, bread pudding and beverage.  After lunch, find your seat in the Grand Stand and place your bets before the first post of the day.  A Race Day program is included today.  Fingers crossed that lady luck is on your side!





Underground Railroad Experience

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Visit Ripley, OH, an early stop on the Underground Railroad and home to several important abolitionists (including John Rankin, Dr. Alexander, and former slave John Parker).  You will tour the John Rankin House, home to the Presbyterian minister who is reputed to be one of the original “conductors” on the Underground Railroad.  Harriet Beecher Stowe’s stay here also inspired part of her famous work, Uncle Tom’s Cabin.  Lunch is included at Coheart’s Restaurant located on the banks of the Ohio River.  Then, travel to Maysville, KY to tour the National Underground Railroad Museum inside the Bierbower House, a documented Safe House.  Servants Quarters remain with Hidden Slave Chambers.  Tour the Old Washington District and explore the Visitor’s Center.



Holiday Shopping

Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Get your holiday shopping done early as we travel to Historic Lebanon and to the Premier Outlets in Monroe.  First, step back in time to America’s charming small town past in Historic Downtown Lebanon, home to more than 50 antique and specialty shops. Then, travel to Monroe for some great deals. Cincinnati Premium Outlets is an upscale shopping center with an impressive collection of 100 designer and name brand outlet stores at savings of 25% to 65% every day!  Notable stores include Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Michael Kors, Banana Republic, Gap, Nike and many more.  You are sure to find something for everyone on your list during this fabulous day.  Everyone will receive $15 credit to grab lunch wherever they choose.  One option in Lebanon is the historic Golden Lamb Inn.  You may also choose to eat at one of the other local restaurants in Lebanon or in the Food Court at the Premium Outlets.



Music With A Message

Monday, November 16, 2020
The popular Ron Retzer Trio, with Jennifer Galownia and Bob Wolfe, returns to present an inspirational concert guaranteed to melt your heart and lift your spirit.  The Ron Retzer Trip will perform memorable songs from many well-known groups like the Gather Vocal Band, the Martins and Mercy Me.  In addition there will be a tribute to our Armed Forces in honor of Veterans Day.  Listen with your heart and sing along while enjoying a little spiritual maintenance.  Lunch will be included prior to the show at Villa Milano in Columbus, OH.




“Its A Wonderful Life”

Sunday, December 6, 2020
The saga of George Bailey, the Everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family obligation and civic duty, whose guardian angel has to descent on Christmas Eve to save him from despair and to remind him—by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born—that his has been, after all, a wonderful life. This faithful adaptation has all your favorite characters: George and Mary Hatch, Clarence, Uncle Billy, Violet, and, of course, the Scrooge-like villain, Mr. Potter. This fine dramatization not only celebrates the faith of the season, it also celebrates the American philosophy of life: hard work, fair play and the love and support of one’s family and community will be rewarded.  Lunch will be included prior to the show at Beef & Boards in Indianapolis, IN.



Lights Under Louisville

Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Each year the Louisville Mega Cavern is transformed into an underground holiday light spectacular for the Christmas season. Enjoy a 30 minute tram ride through part of our 17 miles of underground passageways. Featuring over 850 lit characters with over 3,000,000 points of light. It’s the only underground light show of its kind on the planet!  Lunch will be included at a local restaurant.