Franklin and the surrounding areas offer an array of attractions to suit all tastes. The city's 65-acre community park has a variety of programs including youth soccer and baseball and adult softball. Park facilities include picnic tables and shelters, a large playground area, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a horseshoe pit, lighted tennis courts, lighted softball fields, lighted basketball courts, an all-weather running track, and the football stadium. The city also maintains several smaller parks.
A year-round driving range and a nine-hole public golf course are located within the city, and additional golf facilities are located nearby, including those at The Golf Center at Kings Island.
Several state parks are within easy access of Franklin; Caesar Creek State Park, Fort Ancient State Park, Hueston Woods State Park, and the Little Miami State Park (a nationally designated scenic river) are all nearby. Paramount's Kings Island Amusement Center and The Beach Waterpark are approximately 30 minutes from Franklin.
The area abounds with college sports, and professional sporting attractions including Cincinnati's Reds, Bengals, and Silverbacks (professional soccer). The Kentucky Derby and the Indianapolis 500 are both easy drives from Franklin.
Since 1980, Franklin has celebrated Labor Day weekend with its own Riverdays Festival.
The Franklin Public Library is a strong presence in the community, with over 93,000 patron visits annually. Demand for the library's services led it to extend operation hours to Sunday afternoons. The facility has a full array of books, videos, CDs, and magazines.
Some of the area's many cultural amenities include The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, The Dayton Civic Ballet, The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, The Aronoff Center, The Dayton Art Institute, The Cincinnati Art Museum, and the Museum Center at Union Terminal. Two nationally known attractions, The Wright Patterson Air Force Museum and the Cincinnati Zoo are less than 40 minutes from Franklin.
Nearly every major denomination is represented among the churches and synagogues in Franklin and the surrounding communities.
Franklin offers easy access to major shopping areas. Two major malls are less than 10 minutes away, and several other malls are within a 30-minute drive. Franklin and nearby communities offer a variety of boutiques and smaller stores. Warren County has a growing reputation as a Mecca for antique lovers.
There are several private physicians and dentists in Franklin, including those housed at the Conover Health Center. Hospitals in Middletown, Dayton, Centerville, and Cincinnati are readily accessible to Franklin area residents. HealthWise at the Conover Health Center focuses on health promotion and health education. The Center offers daily screenings for blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol and weekly mammography screening. Many other tests, screenings, and classes are offered throughout the year.
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