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Sidney Courthouse

Sidney is a small agricultural city and the county seat of Shelby County, Ohio, lying on a flat plain called the Miami valley.


Sidney was founded as a canal city in the 1830's and serves as the seat of Shelby county. It was named after the English poet Philip Sidney. Scientist Paul Lauterbur, who won the Nobel Prize for his work on developing MRI was born and raised here.

Visitor information[edit]


  • 45365. A documentary about the daily lives of Sidney residents. 45365 (Q4638131) on Wikidata 45365 on Wikipedia

Get in[edit]

Map of Sidney (Ohio)

By car[edit]

Sidney is connected to Dayton by the Interstate 75 North and is roughly a 45-minute drive.

Coming from Columbus you'll have to take I-70 West and merge onto I-75 North to arrive in Sidney.

By plane[edit]

The nearest international airport is in Dayton. Columbus' John Glenn Columbus International Airport is a reasonable drive away.

There is no bus or train service to Sidney, so your options are limited to taking a taxi or hiring a car.

  • 1 Sidney City Airport (Sidney Municipal Airport), 14833 Sidney-Plattsville Rd, +1-937-492-9794. A general aviation airport with dual paved runways. Offers aircraft rental for pilots, as well as hanger rental, aircraft maintenance, and flight instruction services. Sidney Municipal Airport (Ohio) (Q14716809) on Wikidata Sidney Municipal Airport (Ohio) on Wikipedia

Get around[edit]

The Canal Feeder bike path goes from southern Sidney to just south of downtown at the Graceland Cemetery.


A statue in Sidney
  • A total solar eclipse on Monday 8 April 2024 starts at 3:09PM local time and lasts 4 min. The chances of a clear sky are 35%. The track of totality is northeast from Mexico and Texas to Ohio, then along the Canada–New England border.
  • 1 People's Federal Savings and Loan Association. Early-modern building, designed by Chicago architect Louis Sullivan. It was designed and built in 1917. People's Federal Savings and Loan Association (Q7165551) on Wikidata People's Federal Savings and Loan Association on Wikipedia
  • 2 Whitby Mansion. Whitby Mansion (Q7994171) on Wikidata Whitby Mansion on Wikipedia
  • 3 Fulton Farm. A historic Gothic Revival farmstead. The building is somewhat unusually constructed, and was built almost entirely by a single farmer. Fulton Farm (Q5508426) on Wikidata Fulton Farm on Wikipedia
  • William A. Ross Jr. Historical Center (Shelby County Historical Society), 201 N Main Ave, +1-937-498-1653. M-F 1-5PM, Sa 9AM-9AM-noon (closed holidays). William A. Ross Jr. Historical Center (Q111383176) on Wikidata


  • 1 Shelby County Fair. July. Hosts tractor pulls, demolition derby, and a "ninja warrior" fitness course. Shelby County Fair (Q111383167) on Wikidata
  • 2 Sidney Water Park (Sidney Swimming Pool), 12 Tawawa Dr. M-Th 1:30-7:30PM, F Sa 1-7PM, Su 1-6:30PM (June-August). Features two water slides, a swimming pool, and other amenities. $4.50 (Day Pass).



  • Spot Restaurant, 201 South Ohio Ave, +1 937-492-9181.
  • Cazadores Mexican Restaurant, 2200 W Michigan St, +1 937-492-9883. Fairly good Mexican place, popular with the office crowd looking for a place to have lunch. $5 will buy you a good lunch.
  • Perkins Restaurant, 1955 Michigan St (Immediately off the I-75 exit), +1 937-492-3131.
  • 1 Sene Grill, 549 N Vandemark Rd, +1 937-710-4631. Looking for an alternative to the usual food, this basic hole-in-the-wall serves excellent Senegalese food. Friendly staff.


  • Buffalo Wild Wings bar and grill, 2080 Michigan Street, +1 937-492-2282. Su-Th 11AM - midnight, F Sa 11AM - 2:30AM. The most popular bar in Sidney.




  • 3 Wilson Health, 915 West Michigan St, +1-937-498-2311. A hospital with emergency services. Offers a cafe with vegan options and Wi-Fi.

Go next[edit]

A bridge in Sidney
  • Dayton is a 45-minute drive from Sidney.
  • Columbus, Ohio's capital, is 100 miles from Sidney.
Routes through Sidney
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