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.


“Holiday Inn”

Thursday, November 29
A romantic holiday classic that is sure to sparkle and delight! Based on the classic film, this joyous musical features thrilling dance numbers, laugh-out-loud comedy, and a hit parade of Irving Berlin songs such as “Shaking the Blues Away,” “Heat Wave,” “Blue Skies,” “Cheek to Cheek,” “It’s a Lovely Day Today,” “Easter Parade,” and, of course, “White Christmas.” Holiday Inn tells the story of Jim, who leaves the bright lights of Broadway—as well as his fiancé dance partner Lila—to settle down at an old farmhouse in Connecticut … but life just isn’t the same without a bit of song and dance. Jim’s luck takes a turn for the better when he meets Linda, a spirited schoolteacher with talent to spare. Together they turn the farmhouse into a seasonal inn with show-stopping performances to celebrate each holiday, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July. But when Jim’s best friend, Ted, tries to lure Linda away, will Jim be able to salvage his latest chance at love? Enjoy a buffet luncheon prior to the show at the Derby Dinner Playhouse.


Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill

Wednesday, December 5
Come along with JOY as we get in the holiday spirit at Clifton Mill!   The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill is made up of 3.5 million lights and now includes a special light show set to music at the Covered Bridge. Don’t miss the outdoor miniature village, which includes many of Clifton’s historic buildings, a light parade going down Main St., 2 trains going around the village, plus so much more. Looking for a break from the cold, step into the Santa Clause Museum, housing the private collection of the Satariano family. There are over 3000 examples of Santa Claus on display from as far back as 1850, which took nearly 40 years to amass. You’ll enjoy an early dinner prior to Clifton Mills at the nearby Golden Jersey Inn, a family owned and operated farm serving country-style, home-cooked meals with farm fresh ingredients.


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.


Vent Haven & Hops

Friday, June 14, 2019
Join us for a visit to the Vent Haven Museum, the only museum of its kind in the world!   Founder, W.S. Berger, spent more than 40 years amassing a personal collection of everything related to ventriloquism: dummies, puppets, photos, scripts, memorabilia, playbills, posters, recordings, and on and on and on! Today the collection houses more than 900 dummies used by ventriloquists from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. After your tour, head to Hofbrauhaus for lunch and a guided Brewery Tour & Tasting. You’ll see and learn how the world-famous Hofbrauhaus Bier goes from hops to the tap. Then, stop by Findlay Market, Ohio’s oldest continuously operated public market and one of Cincinnati’s most cherished institutions. Browse and shop at more than 40 indoor merchants selling meat, fish, poultry, produce, flowers, cheese, deli, and ethnic foods.



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
Thursday, August 8
$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.


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 8th
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
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!