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:
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!
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?)
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.