Explore Hotspots in the Greater Dayton Area

By Joe Swann

There are a ton of fun and adventurous things to do within the city of Dayton, but there are plenty of comparable activities in the surrounding cities as well! Here are some cool spots to check out when venturing outside of the city limits:

Caesar Creek

1.     With 18 parks, 11 in Dayton, there is a lot of exploration to be done in Five Rivers MetroParks. Once you’ve been able to explore all of the trails and scenery they have to offer, head down south to Waynesville and check out Caesar Creek State Park. A 2,830-acre lake to go boating in, an archery range, and the beautiful Horseshoe Falls waterfall and more all reside in this state park. Your next adventure awaits!

Troy Farmer's Market

2.     Featuring more than 40 local vendors that offer a variety of food options, crafts, and home décor, the 2nd Street Market is a downtown hotspot during the late week afternoons. While this market occupies a historical freight house, the Downtown Troy Farmers Market takes place outdoors on South Cherry Street between June and October of each year. You’ll be able to find a lot of local food growers, as well as artisans and crafters. This farmers market sits behind the southwest corner of historical Downtown Troy, so be sure to check out some of the local businesses while you’re in the area.


3.     RiverScape hosts multiple festivals throughout the year and you can usually find a musical act playing at the pavilion. For some major performances, head north to the Rose Music Center in Huber Heights and jam out to a wide array of artists. So far in 2017, this outdoor amphitheater has been host to John Legend, Willie Nelson, the Goo Goo Dolls and Lynyrd Skynyrd to name a few. (P.S. Are you ready for Levitt Pavilion in 2018?)

Yellow Springs Brewery

4.     Downtown Dayton is home to multiple breweries that take pride in crafting their beer in the Gem City. While we love our hometown drinks, if you were to venture out east into Yellow Springs, you’ll come across the Yellow Springs Brewery. What started out as a microbrewery in 2013, has evolved into a centerpiece of the small town. They have plenty of beers on tap, but be sure to try their two most popular drinks: Captain Stardust Saison and Zoetic American Pale Ale.

There is always so much to do in the cities surrounding Dayton! Have a good time and enjoy yourself and never forget that the real fun resides in the D-Y-T.

All images provided by yours truly, Joe Swann

Summit Project Successes - The Longest Table Dayton

In just over a month, hundreds of individuals will descend upon the Dayton Art Institute for what has become the annual Launchpad for volunteer-powered community projects – The UpDayton Summit. While the event itself is filled with excitement and something that is looked forward to all year, the projects that come out of the Summit are the heart and soul of UpDayton. A campaign and selfie wall that has turned into a mantra for the city of Dayton; the painting of a walking bridge bringing together two communities divided by a highway; the purchasing and installation of bike racks around the city to make Dayton more bike friendly; and a table the length of the third street bridge filled with strangers breaking barriers by breaking bread together – those are just a few examples of the projects that got their start at the UpDayton Summit. Because these projects touch so many individuals, we’re going to kick-off a series focused on the 360-degree impact of a project, getting insights from project leaders, project volunteers and community members that have been impacted by the projects. We start with a little teaser from a 2016 project – The Longest Table Dayton. Here’s a recap of the event that happened on October 15, but The Longest Table movement didn’t stop there. Smaller events have been taking place in a variety of locations monthly with the goal of continuing the conversation from the big table. If you want to get involved, visit the Longest Table website for details about upcoming events around Dayton. 

Stay tuned for the next entry in our series and don’t forget to register to attend the UpDayton Summit → https://updayton.org/summit-tickets

Summit 101

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If you're new to UpDayton, you are probably seeing a lot of posts everywhere about the UpDayton Summit. Very simply put, the Summit is UpDayton's yearly gathering where we decide on what major projects we want to work on to help make Dayton a better place to work, live, and play. Attending the Summit is one of the most impactful ways for Daytonians to get involved in their city. 

Who: YOU! 

What: 2017 UpDayton Summit

When: The evening of Thursday, April 27th

Where: The Dayton Art Institute

How: Register HERE (sign up by March 17th for Early Bird pricing!)

Earlier this month, Daytonians with a vision for our future submitted their project ideas for the UpDayton Summit. After guidance from UpDayton leaders, the list of projects will be narrowed down to final ideas that will be pitched at the 2017 Summit on Thursday, April 27th. The audience will then vote to select which three projects will each receive $1,000 in seed money and a year of support from UpDayton staff, leaders and volunteers. After the Summit, attendees can then volunteer to help make their favorite project idea into reality. 

Past UpDayton projects have included The Longest Table and the New Dayton Icon. 

No matter if you're new to Dayton or you have lived here your whole life, the UpDayton Summit is a great way to meet new people and see what this city is all about. To learn more about our organization, or to sign up for more volunteer information, check out this cool primer about UpDayton. We hope to see you soon!