Little Miami Scenic River
Canoeing, kayaking -this is a beautiful little river to do it on. You can go all the way to Cinncinati and see a Reds game at the end!
The little Miami ends up in the Great Miami which ends up in the Ohio River just a short float from the Stadiums.
This great little river goes right by our house and we spend a lot of time on it.
Southern Ohio just a short ride from Dayton
Many people think of Ohio as an industrial state. There are some really beautiful areas here. This is one of them. It is one of the Nature Conservatory areas in Southern OH between Cinncinati and Portsmouth.
- Hiking and Walking
The Dayton Aviation Heritage Center
Yes, the dayton Aviation Heritage National Park honors Orville Wright, Wilber Wright, and poet Paul Laurence Dunbar.... Yeah, the third one surprised me too. Especially since he pre-dates the planes.
It is actually 4 places which make up this national park. The Wright Bros. Stuff is at Carillon Park, Huffman Prarie (on Wright Patterson AFB), and the wright Brothers Cycle Shop. The shop is kind of neat to go to, but not in the safest of locations. The Wright Cycle Company building is located west of downtown Dayton. From I-75 take the Third Street exit and head west. Say a hail mary! Turn left on Williams Street. The park is immediately on your left.
The Paul Lawrence Dunbar stuff is in the same neighborhood. They call the area the Wright Dunbar district. Again, not afe at night. Get directions to the PLD and Huffman Prarie stuff at the web page below.
- Family Travel
- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits
Carillon Historical Park.
Something about this park may ring a bell. Actually it rings 57 of them, in the largest Carillon in Ohio.
In addition to the concerts and festivals that are held there, the park is home to historic buildings, an actual Wright Brothers 1905 Flyer, an aviation heritage museum, the cash register museum, and some old time vehicles. The cost is cheap, about 5 bucks during the season. But, it has some odd hours so call ahead.
It's dirt, but not just dirt, its a big pile of dirt like you have never seen before!
It is actually an ancient Indian burial mound. If my memory serves me correctly it is the second largest in the USA or something. Don't quote me on that though. It was constructed roughly 800 BC to 100 AD, and is really just a large pile of dirt, if not for the significance. The park district can answer all of your questions about it, if you need to know specifics. But, it is a five minute site to see in Dayton
Miamisburg Mound is on Mound Avenue, one mile south of exit 44 - State Route 725 - and three miles west of exit 42 off I-75
The riverscape area is the newest attraction in downtown Dayton. The riverscape area is home to festivals in the summer, Laser shows, Ice skating during the winter, and the five rivers fountains (see pic!)
Check out the web page for the schedule of activities, directions, and general questions.
Fly me to the moon...
The Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum is off the beaten path a bit. It's in Wapakoneta, which is about 45-50 miles north of Dayton.
Ohio has produced 23 astronauts, and as this museum suggests, Ohioans are proud of this fact and also that Dayton is the birthplace of aviation. This museum explores both.
This museum has a lot of cool stuff to see, such as spacesuits, videos, a moon rock, space artifacts, simulators, and memorabilia from Neil Armstrong. There's also a room lined with mirrors that simulates the vastness of space.
Get out and bike!
Dayton and the surrounding area has well over a hundred miles of paved, dedicated bikeways running north and south along the Great Miami River from downtown Dayton, also east into Greene County to Xenia, and north and south along the Little Miami River.
If you are staying at the Marriott it is practically outside your door, and you can rent bicycles at Gaansari on Brown St. Be aware in the spring, however, parts of the trail can be submerged under high water.
- Family Travel
Get out and bike!
Dayton and the surrounding area has an extensive dedicated paved bikeway - over a hundred miles along the Great Miami River north and south of downtown, east to Xenia and north and south along the Little Miami River between Springfield and Cincinnati.
The UD Ghetto
Just because you went to college somewhere and partied your ass off, does not mean that you had an experience anywhere NEAR the UD Ghetto party experience.
Now, I'm not saying that you didn't have your share of wild times, but if you're in Dayton any Thursday, Friday, Saturday....hell.... any night of the week please drive through the ghetto to see what I mean.
If you aren't familiar with the UD campus at all, the University of Dayton bought up all of the residential housing surrounding the academic buildings. These are houses just like the one you live in... streets and streets of them. Now imagine each house filled with anywhere from 4-8 college students with a thirst for beer. This is the Ghetto and it's located a mere 2 miles from the closest keg distributor. It all adds up to fun, I'll tell you that much.
At other colleges and universities only frats and sororities can throw house parties and maybe you weren't cool enough to get into those. At UD EVERYONE has a house and just about every party in the ghetto is an open one. Just waltz on in with a smile on your face, go for a big plastic cup and head for the keg. UDers will almost always welcome you with a smile and a beer.
If you are 18-29 you might want to hop on into a party to see what its like. If you are 30 and above, perhaps you would just want to drive through the ghetto to see the action on the streets. If you are an alumni of any age. Get to the ghetto and partake of the BEAST.
Absolute best party nights in the ghetto:
St. Patrick's Day
Last day of finals
Christmas on Campus
Streets in the Ghetto:
1. Take in a rugby match....
1. Take in a rugby match.
Rugby is a subculture in the US, most locals don't even know about it. The Dayton Area Rugby club welcomes players and fans from all over the world.
2. Local festivals.
Summer is festival season for Dayton and the surrounding communities. Everything from international festivals, like the World Affair, Greek, Italian, and Lebanese festivals, to the Saurkraut, Strawberry, and Walnut festivals. Music, culture, and crafts.
3. Dayton Dragons
Minor league baseball is a nice way to spend a warm summer evening. Weekend games end with a laser show at the neighboring Riverscape park.
4. Walk/ride along the river.
We have a few bike trails and a great county park system.
Carillion Historical Park.The...
Carillion Historical Park.The Park is a 65-acre outdoor museum with 23 exhibit buildings and structures, and is the site of the 57-bell Deeds Carillon, Ohio's largest. The highlight of the collections is the 1905 Wright Flyer III, the world's first practical airplane, and a National Historic Landmark. The airplane and Wright Hall are components of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.
1000 Carillon Blvd.
Dayton, Ohio 45409
Phone: (937) 293-2841
9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m
Children (3-17): $ 3.00
Members and children
under 3 are FREE
Carriage Hill Metropark
The main attraction of this park is a working 1880's farm. Besides this it has a small lake and a stable where you can rent horses.
This is a large park in North Dayton that features a little of everything. There is a 5 mile bike trail, a small lake, canoe landing and a horse stable.
- Hiking and Walking
- Horse Riding
his particular night was...
his particular night was alternative. They had every type of person here tonight. Played a lot of techno music!