Springboro, an Award-Winning City
The city of Springboro has amassed more than a few awards in recent years, cementing its reputation for being one of the most desirable places to live in the Miami Valley. It has appeared in several best-of lists and has been named one of the country’s best places to live (CNN/Money), one of Ohio’s safest communities (SafeWise), and one of the best places to live for young families in the state (NerdWallet).
Fast-growing yet still embodying small-town charm, this community of approximately 18,000 features peaceful, tree-lined neighborhoods, a vibrant and historic downtown, top-ranking schools, over 200 acres of parks and open spaces, and so much more. It’s also ideally located between Dayton to the north and Cincinnati to the south and is conveniently close to the region’s other communities as well as to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, which is just around half an hour’s drive away. Springboro lies east of the I-75 and is located primarily in Warren County, with a small portion extending into Montgomery County.
One of the most important safe havens of the Underground Railroad in Ohio, Springboro takes pride in the fact that it had the most number of safe houses in the state. There are still remnants of tunnels in the area and visitors can go on self-guided walking tours in the historic district, which is centered on Main Street, [link: http://www.springboroohio.org/visit/historic-springboro] to explore this fascinating facet of the city’s history.
Springboro has Quaker roots, which explains why the citizens here numbered among the country’s most passionate abolitionists. The city was established in 1815 by Jonathan Wright, who was a Quaker, as were many of the first families who settled here. Springboro has been a serene and laidback community for much of its history and it has managed to hold on to its relaxed feel despite the exponential growth it’s seen in the past two decades or so.
Shopping, Dining and Entertainment
Among Springboro’s defining features is its charming downtown, which is populated mostly by independently-owned shops and restaurants tucked inside historic buildings. Here you’ll find one-of-a-kind establishments like Heather’s Coffee and Café [link: http://www.heatherscoffeeandcafe.com/], which is fast becoming one of the best places to dine and enjoy a cup of coffee in the Miami Valley area.
Other shopping and dining destinations here include Springboro Plaza Shopping Center, Springboro Pointe Shopping Center, Park Plaza Shopping Center, and Marketplace at Settler’s Walk Shopping Center.
If you want to dine with a serving of theater, then you should definitely check out La Comedia Dinner Theatre [link: http://www.lacomedia.com/], where you can enjoy a buffet dinner and catch a Broadway show at the same time.
Friesinger’s Fine Chocolates also has a location here and is a must-visit if you’re in the area. Friesinger’s, which is now owned by Dayton Nut Specialties, Inc., has their chocolate-making facility in Springboro.
Parks and Open Spaces
Springboro also has a wealth of parks and green spaces. The city maintains several large parks such as the 39-acre North Park and the 137-acre Clearcreek Park as well as a sprinkling of small green spaces. There are private parks as well located within the city’s various communities and there are quite a few golf courses as well. Springboro operates the Heatherwoode Golf Club, which features an 18-hole championship course.