About Sidney, Ohio

An Area Rich in History

In 1819, the Ohio General Assembly determined that Shelby County needed a permanent site to serve as the county seat. Seventy acres of cleared farmland adjacent to the Great Miami River were donated, and the new town was named Sidney after Sir Phillip Sidney, an English patriot and writer. Just to the northwest of Sidney is the town of Fort Loramie, which was the site of Pierre Loramie’s Indian trading post and a military fort built by General Anthony Wayne in 1794.

Activities and Recreation for the Whole Family

There’s always something to do in Sidney. Seasonal happenings on the downtown court square include band concerts, a weekly farmer’s market, Kids Fall Festival, the Winter Wonderland Parade, and so much more.

The Shelby County Fair in July along with numerous community festivals throughout the year attract visitors from all points who come to enjoy the food, family friendly activities, and live entertainment.

Nearby Jackson Center is home to Airstream Inc., the world-renowned recreational trailer manufacturer. Airstream, a very popular stop for many who visit the area, conducts a daily tour at its travel trailer manufacturing facility and touring coach facility allowing visitors an up close view of how the American legend Airstream is built.

tourist visiting airstream

Located on the site of its global manufacturing facility, the Airstream Heritage Center is another must-see that pays tribute to the company’s rich heritage.

Do you enjoy the outdoors? If so, Tawawa Park in Sidney is a 220-acre wooded reserve where visitors can hike, bike, fish, and picnic. Paved walking trails guide hikers along the park’s winding creek and around its several lakes.

family enjoying a stroll at tawawa park in sidney ohio using tha handicap accessible paths

The city’s public water park complex is located just inside the Tawawa Park entrance. The scenic Great Miami River, which flows leisurely through the city, offers the adventurous both fishing and boating opportunities perfect for kayaking and canoeing.

Lake Loramie State Park, just a short drive northwest of the Sidney, includes a 1600-acre lake with 30 miles of shoreline. Lake Loramie offers unsurpassed beauty and convenience for the family who wants to combine boating, paddleboarding, canoeing and camping adventures. At Lake Loramie, visitors can set up camp and launch their boats or board, knowing there’s plenty of opportunity for leisurely cruising.

People paddle boarding at fort loramie lake

A designated swimming area gives young and old alike a chance to enjoy the water or simply relax in the sun. Bicycles can be rented at the park office, providing visitors with the opportunity to explore the park and nearby communities of Fort Loramie and Minster. Canoes and kayaks are also available to rent for a nominal fee if you didn’t bring one with you.

The adaptive boat launch at Lake Loramie is ideal for getting those with special needs or mobility challenges onto the water for a day of memorable outdoor fun.

Man getting on a kayak that is disabled

Shelby Oaks Golf Course, north of Sidney, provides 27 holes to challenge players of all skill levels. A well-stocked pro shop and driving range make this a must-visit track for every golfer. Looking for an indoor activity, how about roller skating and bowling? Rolling Hills Skate and Bel-Mar Lanes are fun options for all ages. Group outings and parties are always welcome too.

Alive with Art and Entertainment

Visitors to Sidney will be pleasantly surprised with the variety of performing and visual arts available to enjoy. The Gateway Arts Council offers a wide range of live performances and exhibits all year-long. Likewise, the Historic Sidney Theatre features an incredible line up of community ensemble productions, first run movies, and live musical entertainment of most every genre.

In July, the Hills are alive with popular music by some of the biggest names when Country Concert at Hickory Hill Lakes presents an impressive lineup of top country music artists for a three-day extravaganza. Since 1981, music fans from across the U.S. have enjoyed the non-stop, world-class entertainment of this nationally recognized music festival.