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.



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.



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 Villa Milano in Columbus, 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.



“Anything Goes”

Thursday, April 16, 2020
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
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
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.





Day at the Races at Churchill Downs

Friday, June 19, 2020
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
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!