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Dayton is a bustling hub of entertainment and culture that will get you up and out of the house, enjoying the fruits of the “Gem City.”
These are just a few of the cultural events and festivals you’ll find in Dayton, but don’t let it be the end of your personal to-do list for must-see activities.
Here are our top picks:
Indulge Your Sweet Tooth at the Sugar Maple Festival – April
Are you a sucker for sugar? Around Christmas time, are the dreams of sugar plums dancing in your head more exciting than the gifts you’ll be unwrapping the next day? Does your local candy shop cashier know you by your first name? If this sounds like you, you have to swing by the Annual Sugar Maple Festival.
Located in downtown Bellbrook, the Sugar Maple Festival offers fun not only for the sugar fiends, but also for every member of the family.
Bringing the kids? Don’t worry, it’s not all sugar-comas and hyperactive tornadoes – there are plenty of activities to keep them occupied. The festival has a dedicated children’s tent, with events like face painting, hair painting, Hula Hoop, and jump rope contests, plus carnival games and more!
Of course, the food is where the Sugar Maple Festival really shines. For dessert hunters, you’re in good hands – maple candies (obviously), fried cheesecake on a stick, chocolate-dipped bananas, and the Waffle Man’s own ice cream sandwiches with hot waffle “bread.”
Don’t worry – there’s regular food, too, the kind that won’t make your teeth hurt. BBQ pork tenderloin, BBQ ribs, gumbo, and pork chops are all on the menu, as are dozens of other tasty treats.
Cool your heels in the beer garden, soak up some live music, and even attend the parade that features horses, winners of the Dog Show, the Sugar Maple Sweetheart, and the local marching band!
Experience World Culture Without Stepping on a Plane – May
Held at the Dayton Convention Center each year in May, A World A’Fair is a massive event featuring 34 distinct cultures celebrating the differences that make us unique, and the unchanging human spirit that brings us all together.
See Kenyan Safari Acrobats wow the crowds with acts of awe-inspiring agility. Listen to the Spanish guitar stylings of Neil Jacobs, or dance to the throbbing rhythm of Burundi’s tribal drummers. Let Steve Free tell ancient Native American tales while playing his haunting flute music.
You can even watch (or participate in) a Naturalization Ceremony, and see people become U.S. citizens right then and there!
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry at the Troy Strawberry Festival – June
Every June, lovers of sweet and juicy strawberries flock to the massive Troy Strawberry Festival, which has been voted the “Best of Dayton” for two years in a row.
The Troy Strawberry Festival is not only an award-winning food festival, it’s a celebration of the community and just a great place to spend the weekend with your family. Dig into one of the many pie eating contests, strap on your running shoes and take part in one of the races, or just take a load off and watch the Queen’s pageant.
There’s shopping, carnival games, and even baby races. Yeah, you hear me right – a huge carpet is laid out, and families race rug rats to the cheers of the crowd! It has to be seen to be believed, honestly.
The Troy Strawberry festival is a huge deal to the community – the fountains literally run pink during the festival!
Watch the Skies at the Vectren Dayton Air Show – June
Every summer, the Dayton International Airport plays host to one of the nation’s biggest aviation events, both in scope, size, and popularity.
Over 80,000 people flock to the Vectren Dayton Air Show every summer. The event celebrates not only the present and future of aviation, but it’s illustrious past as well – did you know that Dayton is where Orville and Wilbur Wright were not only born, but also the place where they built their first plane?
World-famous aviation teams help celebrate those pioneers, as well as all of the pilots who’ve trod the path since. The Air Force Thunderbirds often fly exhibitions here, as do the Army Golden Knights and the unbeatable Blue Angels.
It’s a two-day show, so when you’re not checking out the high-flying acts of the daring pilots, take a look at the exhibitions scattered throughout the show. See grounded aircraft both new and old, alongside historical and educational kiosks and fun activities for the whole family.
Celebrate the Irish Spirit in All of Us at the Celtic Festival – July
This annual 3-day Celtic Fest is brought to you by the United Irish of Dayton, OH, and takes place in July.
The food, music, and drink is always to die for – this is a community that knows how to have a good time. If you like your music loud, upbeat, and easy to dance to, this is the festival for you.
Expect rich and flavorful downhome Celtic food, whisky tastings, a Celtic bike ride, storytellers, and a host of artisans presenting traditional crafts, such as blacksmiths, lessons on introductory Gaelic, knitting, and more.
Events will round out with a traditional Sunday Mass – presented in Gaelic and English and capped off with Irish pipers and traditional Irish dancing!
Share A Community Christmas in Springboro – November
The biggest holiday event in all of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana is the Springboro Christmas festival, a three-day event that attracts over 70,000 people each year. Not only is the festival a winter wonderland of parades, musicians, and delightful food, but it also serves to raise money for Operation Santa.
Operation Santa is sponsored by the Springboro Police department, and its primary goal is to ensure that everyone in the community, especially those having a rough time, will always have a merry Christmas.
Ready to step away from the mall scene and discover more unique shops?
Dayton is bursting with eclectic and one-of-a-kind hometown shops that should satisfy any dedicated retail hunter.
Here are some of our favorites:
1. Chill and Be Chilled at Now and Zen Terrariums
Need to decrease the stress levels and pump up the tranquility in your life?
Now and Zen Terrariums has got you covered. Now and Zen is owned and operated by a mother-daughter team who are happy to help you find the right plant or eclectic art object to fit your Feng shui.
Located at the 2nd Street Market, Now and Zen brings nature-themed, living works of art into your home. Ever heard of an air plant? All of their pieces use these soil-less plants, which only need a light misting of water to survive.
So, don’t worry about having a green thumb – these unique pieces of living art will stick around even if you don’t know a fern from a ficus.
2. Support Local Craftspeople at Clash
You’re shopping in Dayton, why not pick up some art and jewelry that were actually made in Dayton? Clash, located at 521 E. Fifth Street, is a hot spot that specializes in locally-made pieces handcrafted by hometown artists.
Of course, Clash doesn’t stop at art and jewelry – they also showcase locally-made clothing for men, women, and children. And if that’s not enough, Clash also satisfies vintage clothing shoppers with their wide range of old-school, one-of-a-kind bits of couture that you won’t see anywhere else.
3. The Mobile Monarch Market
Monarch Market is a truly unique shopping experience. Owned by a couple of ladies from the Springboro/Dayton area, the “market” itself is mobile.
Each year, they have an Event Migration that takes the great vintage and handmade items they sell to Indiana, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and, of course, Ohio. You can find them set-up, selling amazing items from merchants from all over, twice a year in Lebanon, OH. The website offers information on the exact dates and locations.
Finding a Monarch Market can feel like discovering buried treasure – there’s a sense of glee and satisfaction that’s hard to replicate. Good luck, and happy hunting!
4. Indulge Yourself at Twist Cupcakery
Some people love to look at and admire beautiful things. Others want to eat beautiful things, and those people should check out Twist Cupcakery.
No shopping trip is complete without a delicious treat. Cupcakes and cakes aren’t the only tantalizing tidbits you’ll find here. You can also get chocolate covered strawberries, brownies, and drinks like lemonade, infused water, or tea to wash it down.
And Twist Cupcakery is looking out for the gluten-sensitive among us – they have a whole range of gluten-free products. I mean, come on – everybody deserves a cupcake every now and then.
If you’re already drooling, zip on down to Twist at 25 S. Saint Clair St.
5. Hunt for Lost Artifacts at Towne Valley Gifts
Towne Valley Gifts is the perfect shop for anyone who doesn’t know exactly what they want to buy. But who loves to hunt for diamonds in the rough?
Located just outside of Dayton in Troy, this locally-owned store offers candles, primitives to fancy your vintage side, art pieces, collectibles, conversation pieces, and much more. Part gift store, part home décor, and all vintage, Towne Valley gifts is an ideal hunting ground for the retail-explorer in all of us.
6. Sink into Comfort at This Old Couch
Beavercreek’s This Old Couch is a divine shopping journey into vintage decor, some repurposed and some sold in original condition. There is also a myriad of wonderfully made handcrafted items that will both inspire your spirit and warm your home.
Make sure to check out all of the amazing items from their contributing artisans, like handcrafted charms and bracelets, homemade soaps, and upcycled furniture.
7. Shop Guilt Free at Wegerzyn Gift and Garden Shop
Looking to fill your house and contribute a little to the community? That’s a win-win anyone can get behind! If you’re shopping for unique décor pieces, gifts for loved ones, or something for your garden, stop by the Wegerzyn Gift and Garden shop.
Many of the proceeds from this shop go to the Wegerzyn Gardens Foundation, which funds the programs available at the Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark. These programs include introducing more native plants to help the environment and lower water consumption, conservation, education programs, children’s activities, and much, much more.
Dayton’s dining scene has rapidly grown in the past few years but make no mistake – while this list has its share of up-and-comers dishing out modern cuisine, there are some gems in Dayton that have been around for a long while.
Whether you’re in Dayton for a day or a lifetime, this list should help you find some satisfying, well-crafted dishes made by local chefs.
1. Jump out of the Fire and into the Frying Pan at Jimmie’s Ladder 11
Once an old fire department, Jimmie’s Ladder 11 has since transformed into a unique tavern and restaurant. The gorgeous brick building remains lovingly restored and maintained to create one of the coolest ambiances in town.
Located at 936 Brown Street, Jimmie’s serves up eclectic options like “Creole Cheesecake,” which isn’t a dessert at all. It’s sausage, gouda, cream cheese, and peppers are scooped up with thick, warm pita chips. Lunch options like the breaded pork tenderloin sandwich will make going back to work much, much harder. If you’re staying for dinner, they’ve got lasagna, dry-aged steaks, and even a shrimp dinner.
Combine all of this with live music and jazz nights? Jimmie’s is a no-brainer.
2. Shed the Tie and Grab a Pie at Old Scratch
Do you crave pizza the way other people crave oxygen and naps? If so, you owe yourself a trip to Old Scratch, located at 812 South Patterson Boulevard.
Though Old Scratch isn’t a fancy joint, it’s the perfect spot to grab a pie, a couple beers, and sit down with friends. Wood-burning ovens churn out delicious pizzas with a hint of smoky char, and over 20 taps dispense tasty, foamy beer from national favorites to local brews.
None of the pizzas have disappointed me yet, but if you’re looking for a sure-fire choice you can’t go wrong with the sausage-meatball-basil-mozz-tomato sauce combo of the Brooklyn pizza.
3. Eat Authentic, Spicy Favorites at Thai 9
Pizza and steak will never go out of style, but are you in the mood for something a tad more exotic?
Thai 9, located at 11 Brown Street in Dayton’s historical and beautiful Oregon District, offers fresh, delectable sushi and authentic Thai cuisine. The venue has a great vibe, too – original exposed brick, dark wood floors, and a wide-open space.
Bring some friends and a date and scarf crab Rangoon, pad sea ewe, and definitely try the fish hot pot. If you’re more of a sushi fan, they’ve got plenty of salmon, albacore, eel, and unique rolls to please you.
4. Get Fancy at Roost Modern Italian
Roost Modern Italian uses modern techniques and fresh ingredients to create delicious Northern and Southern Italian favorites.
The chef, Dana Down, was voted “Dayton’s Best Chef” in 2012 for her very first restaurant. That’s like getting an Emmy for your first commercial. Dana is a true Dayton gem, and brings a hint of modern, fashionable flare to old favorites.
Just remember – Roost Modern Italian only serves dinner, so make sure to time your trip right and grab a reservation in advance.
Roost is located at 524 East Fifth Street.
5. Try the Award-Winning Oakwood Club
Oakwood Club is a great choice for dining on a surf n’ turf menu while sitting at white linen covered tables. Suit and tie are optional, but you won’t stand out like a sore thumb if you do decide to get fancy.
They were voted “Best Fine Dining” in 2016 and “Best Steak” in 2015. This must-stop dining experience happens every night at 2414 Far Hills Avenue.
Try the loin lamb chops and finish it up with the crème brulee. Thank me later.
6. Coco’s Bistro
If you’re looking for bistro fare at a dining establishment that lets you conduct business or just relax with a beverage and a meal, Coco’s Bistro, located at 250 Warren Street, is the place to go. The atmosphere here is amazing, and there’s a reason it’s such a popular place for proposals and wedding rehearsal dinners.
A wide-open dining room has a high ceiling crisscrossed by fashionably modern metal beams. The hundreds of free-hanging downlights create a warm ambiance without necessarily over-lighting the area. Track lighting illuminates hanging paintings, giving the whole place the feel of a romantic art gallery.
The menu is filled with awesome bistro food like black & bleu salads, bacon & egg sandwiches, and pastrami & rye.
When you’re in Dayton, getting bored is a choice – there are so many options for a night out on the town, as well as options for every taste, want, and style.
We’ve compiled just a few below but consider it more of a tasting menu than the full boat of options you will have in the Gem City.
1. The Therapy Café is a Cheap Alternative to Hiring a Shrink
Your weekly destination for crushing work and life stressors should be Therapy Cafe. More nightclub than “café,” Therapy has a full-service bar with the best drink recipes in Dayton. They also offer salsa dancing, EDM dance nights, and a karaoke night.
Therapy remains one of the most popular and celebrated nightclubs in downtown Dayton. Swing by 542 East Third Street whenever you’ve had enough weekday nonsense and are ready to party.
2. Cut a Rug at Ned Peppers Bar
Named after “Lucky Ned Pepper” from True Grit, Ned Peppers bills itself as a “western-ish” bar that also serves as a modern nightclub.
One of the highlights of Ned’s is their outdoor Tiki bar, which slings Mai Tai’s and Margaritas and any drink you could ever want that comes with an umbrella in it. Of course, you’ll find plenty of fun indoors, too.
DJs are spinning dance hits of every style, all 12 taps are overflowing with beer, and the bartenders are mixing any concoction you can put a name to. Ned Peppers is at 419 East Fifth Street in Dayton, and they never take a day off: they’re actually open 365 days a year.
3. Sooth the Soul at Jazz Central
Born in 1973, Jazz Central has never wavered in its mission to bring jazz bands of every stripe to the people of Dayton – big bands, combos, solo artists – it makes no difference to them or their delighted customers.
Not only do they play host to tons of musicians, they also run a Sunday night Jam Session every week and welcome anybody who can play to bring their guitar, horn, keyboard, or clarinet and come jam with the public.
You’ll find Jazz Central is at 2931 East Third Street. Just follow the horns.
4. See an Original Story at The Neon
If you’re in the mood to catch a movie, there’s no better theater to visit in the Dayton area than The Neon, located at 130 East Fifth Street.
The Neon is an independent movie theater, specializing in unique and fascinating flicks you won’t see at the local AMC. The Neon screens elegant foreign films, insightful documentaries, and emotional indie films in addition to the usual mainstream flicks you love to watch.
Plus, and this is a big plus, you can enjoy coffee, beer, wine, and other drinks while you soak in the cinema.
5. Throw up the Horns at Oddbody’s
For rock n’ rollers and metal heads that crave live tunes, Oddbody’s, located at 5418 Burkhardt Road, is the place to go to get your head banging. They have lots of great national acts that rotate through, as well as smaller acts from local musicians.
The walls of Oddbody’s have been shaken by names like Sebastian Bach, Frank Foster, Tantric, All That Remains, and Finger Eleven, with more acts playing all the time.
6. Paint a Masterpiece at the Ambiance Wine Bar Café
Ambiance Wine Bar Café is the perfect place for a girl’s night out (though guys can enjoy it too, of course – don’t let us stop you).
Get in touch with your inner artist and your inner wine enthusiast – you can enjoy some delicious wine and the company of friends while you put brush to canvas at this unique locale. They also serve food like top-notch pasta dishes and homemade desserts that pair perfectly with the wine.
Find Ambiance Wine Bar Café is at 345 South Main Street in Springboro, just outside Dayton.
7. Visit a Bygone Era at the Dixie Twin Drive-In
Feel like cranking up your time machine and enjoying the fruits of an earlier time? Not all drive-ins have gone the way of the dodo – in fact, you can find the Dixie Twin Drive-In still going strong at 6201 North Dixie Drive.
With a slogan like “Watch Movies, Be Thrifty, Get Rad,” you know that the owners really appreciate the benefits of the old drive-in style of cinema-watching.
Pull into your spot, tune your radio to the Dixie Twin’s own radio station to get the audio, and then nosh on the popcorn, chicken tenders, ice cream, cheeseburgers, or one of a dozen other snacks you can get at the concession stand.
Bring pillows, bring your dog, talk as loud as you want in your car – do whatever you want! You’re the king or queen of your automobile, and no one can tell you different.
The Dayton area is rife with possibilities when it comes to outdoor fun. If you want to get outdoors and have some family fun, or just take the dog out for a run, here are seven local parks you have to visit.
1. RiverScape MetroPark
RiverScape MetroPark runs along the Great Miami River and offers a magnificent bike path. Even if cycling isn’t on your list of fun things to do, this park offers so much more. Make sure to take in the beauty of the Five Rivers Fountain of Lights or hike along one of the many nature trails.
Summer isn’t the only time to visit this park, though. In the winter, they offer ice skating and other exciting and family-friendly winter events.
2. Eastwood MetroPark
Eastwood MetroPark has a magnificent lake, making it an easy choice for water lovers. Spend some time on a boat, fishing or just enjoying a lazy, drifting trip over the gorgeous blue water. If you’re not into water sports, check out the trails or enjoy the vast beauty of the grassland prairies.
3. Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark
Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark offers something you don’t see every day, or at every park: at Wegerzyn, they let you take part in the gardening. There is a large communal garden just waiting for you to plant and cultivate something, and a friendly community of gardeners to help and social with.
Of course, if planting isn’t your thing, you can also enjoy nature walks and the children’s discovery area. Or come and admire the persistent amateur gardeners working to improve the community!
4. Deeds Point Dog Park
This awesome dog park is part of the Five Rivers MetroPark system, and do you want to know the best part? The park is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. This means that no matter how crazy your work schedule is, you can always swing by with your pup and let him or her get a little exercise in after being cooped up all day.
Just adjacent to the dog park is the full Deeds Point Park. It’s packed with all kinds of activities and environments for people to enjoy too, like hiking or biking the Great Miami River Trail or visiting the statue of aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright.
5. North Park in Springboro
While not the only park in Springboro, North Park offers all you could need in an outdoor space for active fun and entertainment. North Park is home to an outdoor amphitheater that hosts live productions and both local and touring music. You’ll find a walking trail, as well as a pickleball court, basketball court, and a soccer field.
Whether you’re alone, with a romantic partner, or lugging along the whole family, there’s something to watch, listen to, or enjoy at North Park.
6. Activity Center Park
Are your kids bored of the same old slide and swing set? As part of the Centerville-Washington Park District, Activity Center Park is the place to go for children’s playgrounds. The park is equipped with ramps, slides, swings for all sizes (including some for infants), climbing frames, swaying benches, and even a “sprayground” splash pad for both beating the heat and teaching kids about fluid dynamics.
There are also three baseball diamonds, four pickleball courts, and a relaxing rain garden to help de-stress after taking care of all those crazy kids.
7. Montgomery County Bark Park
Montgomery County Bark Park is a great place to give your dog some time to run off-leash and fancy free. This park offers more than just an open space for dogs to run around and socialize, though. You can even run your dog through the park’s pre-setup agility course – a fun a challenge for any puppers.
There’s probably no better way to discover Dayton than to explore the different museums around the city.
Whether you’re into aviation, culture, arts, and history, or the history of war simply piques your interest, Dayton has an array of amazing museums to fit your fancy.
1. Dayton Aviation Heritage Museum
The Dayton Aviation Heritage Museum, located at 16 South William Street, is the best place to go if you want to learn about the history of the Wright Brothers or the story of Paul Laurence Dunbar. Everybody has heard about the Wright Brothers, but how much of their history do you know?
You’ll find many interesting artifacts to view at this museum, and you’ll walk away with a good lesson in aviation heritage because, after all, Dayton is widely considered the birthplace of aviation.
2. Miami Valley Military History Museum
If you’re a military buff, the Miami Valley History Museum is required reading. This museum boasts a truly spectacular amount of information on the history of the Armed Forces.
They also have a number of artifacts and collections onsite, including a marine uniform from Pearl Harbor and Iwo Jima, a 1799 cavalry saber, a Korean War uniform from an Air Force officer, and even German war trophies from both of the great wars.
Take a tour with one of their guides and discover the rich and sometimes emotional history of the Armed Forces of the United States.
3. America’s Packard Museum
There was a time when a “Packard in every driveway” was an American ideal – for decades the Packard was the symbol of the working class American. Their slogan was “ask the man who owns one,” a statement of such ubiquity and confidence that it goes to show how influential they were.
The Packard museum is located at 420 South Ludlow street, and is open 7 days a week to showcase its impressive collection of cars, ranging from 1900 to 1958.
4. Springboro Historical Society Museum
The Springsboro Historical Society Museum, at 110 South Main Street, is only a tiny jaunt from Dayton, but it’s worth the trip.
Did you know that Springboro was once an important stop along the Underground Railroad? This sometimes-jarring look at a different time takes you on a tour of hideaways and safehouses along the route and tells the stories of those involved in that daring enterprise.
5. Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is a great place for interactive learning for both kids and adults who love science. This is the place to be for the curious, for the inquisitive, for those who want to know more about the world around them.
The exhibits rotate, but some of the ones that have come through include the Tidal Pool, which offers a tiny peak into a small microcosm of aquatic life. See sea stars, sea cucumbers, gumboot chitons, and sea anemones in their natural environment! The Bieser Discovery Center showcases reptiles, insects, and mammals, and teaches children their proper care and life cycle.
You and your family can learn about astronomy, paleontology, anthropology, and more at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, located at 2600 DeWeese Parkway in Dayton.
6. Dayton International Peace Museum
The Peace Museum is the place to learn about the nonviolent strategies that have been used in peaceful communities to change the world. Read stories about peaceful heroes and feel a little more tranquility in your own heart and soul, both for the past, and for the future of mankind.
They also host children’s hour events, Peace Camp, and more. Give peace a chance at 208 West Monument Avenue. There is an $8 suggested donation at the door.
7. Dayton Art Institute
Experience gorgeous art from around the world at the Dayton Art Institute (DAI).
This museum is known for its magnificent permanent collection, which includes more than 26,000 paintings, sculptures, and other artifacts from all over the world. The amazing and diverse art in this collection hails from Africa, Europe, and Asia, providing a bird’s eye view of the world and its incredible cultural artisans.
This temple to art and human creation can be found at 456 Belmonte Park North.
And don’t forget to let the kids explore the kid’s area, where they can make their own art! You never know, the future Van Gogh might be budding in that play area at the Dayton Art Institute.
8. National Museum of the United States Air Force
Perhaps one the largest attractions near Dayton, we’ve saved the National Museum of the Air Force for last. Located at 1100 Spaatz Street at Wright-Patterson Air Force base, the museum is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is completely free!
Here you can see real planes and other exhibits from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War and other conflicts. I especially recommend the Presidential Gallery where you can see an historical collection of presidential aircraft and even walk through four of them! Don’t miss the Boeing VC-137C – also known as SAM 26000 – used by eight presidents (Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Clinton). In fact, this very plane was where Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as the new president after President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on November 22, 1963. The aircraft carried Kennedy’s body and President Johnson back to Washington, D.C. and a grieving nation.
Another can’t miss exhibit? The Space Gallery. Explore a NASA space shuttle payload bay and crew station. The gallery also includes a Titan IVB space launch vehicle, Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacecraft, and many other NASA artifacts and a variety of astronaut equipment.
The Museum of the Air Force isn’t just exhibits, though. It’s also a hot spot for historical and educational events, like outdoor aviation displays where you can see authentic and replica planes fly again, experience battle reenactments, and hear the official U.S. Air Force band perform.
Families who play and do activities together have happier, healthier lives and relationships. If you’re in Dayton, here are some of our top picks for family fun.
1. Scene75 Entertainment Center
Scene75 is a popular destination for Dayton families. There is so much to do at this indoor entertainment center that you’ll have to go home long before you run out of activities. What does this amazingly fun place have to offer?
Check out Scene75 in person at 6196 Poe Avenue, because sometimes activities change or get added.
2. Sky Zone Dayton
Sky Zone is an indoor trampoline park that lets you and your family get your bounce on in a safe, supervised environment.
There’s a trampoline basketball court for playing the most intense game of B-Ball in your life, and a dodgeball field for a fun, chaotic experience that will leave you breathless.
They also offer free jump, wall climbing, and more. Visit Sky Zone at 976 Senate Drive. Make sure you stretch beforehand – and don’t forget to bring your socks!
3. Englewood Fun Center
Sometimes kids just need a day of mindless fun. Englewood Fun Center offers just that. Here, they can play all sorts of exhilarating games, from ski-ball to pinball, and earn tickets from their victories to trade in for prizes.
There’s also a bounce house to jump around in and a batting cage to unleash some aggression and learn a thing or two about being a world-class hitter someday.
Englewood Fun Center is located at 569 South Main Street in Englewood.
4. Magic Castle
The Magic Castle, located at 4990 Wilmington Pike, will provide your family with an entire day of fun and activities. Play minigolf at the Golf Center and do your best to sink a putt through the huge and intimidating Dark Castle. Play four-man Quad Air Hockey at the arcade, or leap and climb through the obstacles in the soft play area.
If it’s hot, make sure to run the kids through the “Water Wars” game, where two teams square off to launch water balloons at each other and crown once and for all the true Lord of the Waves.
5. Run Around Town XL
Miamisburg is home to a great indoor play area for kiddos, especially the younger ones.
Run Around Town XL has interactive rooms where little ones can pretend to adopt a pet or shop in a market – these sets and scenes stimulate the imagination and provide a safe and fun environment for social interaction.
You’ll also find large inflatables that kids love to dive on, and a huge playground with plenty of room for everyone. With all this activity, there’s a very good chance your kids will sleep well after an afternoon here.
Run Around Town can be found at 4401 Lyons Road.
6. Vandalia Rec Center
Need to take a dip and shed away the heat and maybe even the stress? Pop into the Vandalia Rec Center when open swim is available – usually from 11:30 a.m. to evening, but check the calendar for specifics. Kids will have fun swimming and playing games in the pool, while adults can catch a little sun or a few moments of peace.
The Rec center also comes equipped with a wild water slide, perfect for the littlest adrenaline junkies in any family.
There are non-pool activities available too, like a climbing wall for beginners or pros. Swing by the Vandalia Rec Center at 1111 Stonequarry Road for a wet and wild time.
7. Kings Island
For kids that enjoy spending time riding the rails – roller coaster rails, that is – Kings Island is near Springboro in Mason, Ohio. Not only are there some intense roller coasters here (like the 80 mph Diamondback), but it’s also home to a waterpark.
For younger kids, there are less intense rides that are designed for fun instead of good-natured terror. If you are an adult or an older kid who loves good-natured terror, check out the new Mystic Timbers rollercoaster for a real wild ride.
Kings Island is the largest amusement and water park in the Midwest, and you can find it at 6300 Kings Island Drive, Kings Island, Ohio.
10510 N Springboro Pike,
DAYTON, OH 45342