Things To Do In Dayton

dayton skylineI set out to create a list of all the things that a person should have to do before they can say that “there’s nothing to do in Dayton”….so here it is:

Things To Do In Dayton:

Things To Do In Dayton (before you're allowed to say that there's nothing to do in Dayton)Find Out How to get there:
Visit Aullwood Garden Metro Parkhttp://www.metroparks.org/Parks/AullwoodGarden/Home.aspx
Go Horseback Riding at Carriage Hill Metro Parkhttp://www.metroparks.org/Parks/CarriageHill/Home.aspx
Visit Cox Arboretum Parkhttp://www.metroparks.org/Parks/CoxArboretum/Home.aspx
Visit Deeds Point Metro Parkhttp://www.metroparks.org/Parks/DeedsPoint/Home.aspx
Visit Eastwood Metro Parkhttp://www.metroparks.org/Parks/Eastwood/Home.aspx
Go Sledding at Englewood Metro Parkhttp://www.metroparks.org/Parks/Englewood/Home.aspx
Go Backpacking at Germantown Metro Parkhttp://www.metroparks.org/Parks/Germantown/Home.aspx
Visit Hills & Dales Park Metro Parkhttp://www.metroparks.org/Parks/HillDales/Home.aspx
Go Mountain Biking at Huffman Metro Parkhttp://www.metroparks.org/Parks/Huffman/Home.aspx
Visit Island Metro Parkhttp://www.metroparks.org/Parks/Island/Home.aspx
Visit Possum Creek Metro Parkhttp://www.metroparks.org/Parks/PossumCreek/Home.aspx
Ice Skate at RiverScape Metro Parkhttp://www.metroparks.org/Parks/Riverscape/Home.aspx
Visit 2nd Street Markethttp://www.metroparks.org/Parks/SecondStreetMarket/Home.aspx
Visit Sugarcreek Metro Parkhttp://www.metroparks.org/Parks/SugarCreek/Home.aspx
Visit Sunrise Metro Parkhttp://www.metroparks.org/Parks/Sunrise/Home.aspx
Go Canoeing at Taylorsville Metro Parkhttp://www.metroparks.org/Parks/Taylorsville/Home.aspx
Visit Twin Creek Metro Parkhttp://www.metroparks.org/Parks/TwinCreek/Home.aspx
See Dougherty Exhibit at Wegerzyn Gardens Metro Parkhttp://www.wegerzyngardensfoundation.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=4&Itemid=12
Visit Wesleyan Metro Parkhttp://www.metroparks.org/Parks/WesleyanAdventure/Home.aspx
See a movie at New Neon Movie Theaterhttp://www.neonmovies.com/
See a play at Victoria Theatrehttp://www.victoriatheatre.com/
See a play at Schuster Centerhttp://www.schustercenter.org/
See a play at The Lofthttp://www.humanracetheatre.org/
Have dinner at the Barnsiderhttp://www.barnsider-restaurant.com/home.htm
Have dinner at the Pine Clubhttp://thepineclub.com/
Have dinner at the Wellington Grillehttp://www.wellingtongrille.com/
Have dinner at Cest Touthttp://www.cesttoutbistro.com/
Have lunch at Coco's Bistrohttp://www.228coco.com/
Have dinner at La Aubergehttp://www.laubergedayton.com/
Have dinner at Mamma DiSalvo'shttp://www.mammadisalvo.com/
Have lunch at 5th Street Deli
Have sushi at Thai 9http://www.thai9restaurant.com/Main.html
Have sushi at Kabukihttp://www.daytonkabuki.com/
Have dinner at the Oakwood Clubhttp://theoakwoodclub.com/
Have brunch at Meadowlarkhttp://www.meadowlarkrestaurant.com/
See a band at Canal Street Tavernhttp://www.canalstreettavern.com/
Go to a Dayton Dragon's Gamehttp://dayton.dragon.milb.com/
Go to a Dayton Gems Gamehttp://www.daytongems.net/
Go to a Gem City Rollergirls Derbyhttp://www.gemcityrollergirls.com/
Go to AleFesthttp://www.alefest.com/dayton.htm
Go to Oktoberfesthttp://www.daytonartinstitute.org/events/oktoberfest.html
Go to Urban Nightshttp://www.downtowndayton.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=113
Go to Taste of Miami Valleyhttp://www.dineoutdayton.org/taste.php
Go to First Fridayhttp://www.downtowndayton.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=147
Go to Little Art Movie Theaterhttp://www.littleart.com/
Go to City Folk Festivalhttp://www.cityfolk.org/
Go to Celtic Festivalhttp://www.unitedirishofdayton.org/Festival/
Go to Greek Festivalhttp://www.daytongreekfestival.com/
Go to Hauntfest on 5th
Visit the Art Institutehttp://www.daytonartinstitute.org/
Go to Film Dayton Festivalhttp://filmdayton.com/
Go to Montgomery County Fairhttp://montcofair.com/
Visit Color of Energy Galleryhttp://www.colorofenergygallery.com/
Visit K12 Galleryhttp://www.k12gallery.org/
Visit Dayton International Peace Museumhttp://www.daytonpeacemuseum.org/
Visit Land of Illusionhttp://www.thelandofillusion.com/
Visit Dayton Visual Arts Centerhttp://www.daytonvisualarts.org/
Visit Dayton Metro Libraryhttp://www.daytonmetrolibrary.org/
Visit Fulton Farmshttp://www.fultonfarms.com/index.php
Visit National Air Force Museumhttp://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/
Visit Young's Jersey Dairy Farmhttp://youngsdairy.com/
Go to Dayton Dutch Lions Gamehttp://www.dutchlionsfc.com/
Watch a band play at Blind Bobshttp://www.blindbobs.com/
Get a drink at Trolley Stophttp://www.trolleystopdayton.com/
Dance all night at Pulsehttp://www.facebook.com/pulsedayton
Get a Coffee at Presshttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Press/158459244195302?sk=wall
Visit Sunwatch Indian Villagehttp://www.sunwatch.org/
bike ride...help with wording?
Go to World Affair at Dayton Convention Centerhttp://www.aworldafair.org/
Treat yourself to a day at the spa with Square Onehttp://www.squareonesalon.com/
Climb at Urban Kraghttp://urbankrag.com/
Have a beer at South Park Tavernhttp://southparktavern.com/
Visit Packard Museumhttp://www.americaspackardmuseum.org/
Kayak the Little Miami Riverhttp://www.kayakdayton.com/
Visit Callilon Parkhttp://www.daytonhistory.org/destinations/carillon-park.htm
Visit Paul Lawrence Dunbar Homehttp://www.daytonhistory.org/destinations/dunbarhouse.htm
Visit Hawthorne Hillhttp://www.daytonhistory.org/destinations/hawthorn-hill.htm
Have a Bad Juan at Elsa'shttp://www.elsas.net/
Woodland Cemetaryhttp://www.woodlandcemetery.org/
Shop vintage at Feathershttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Feathers-Vintage-Clothing/156210785702
Go to a concert at the Fraze Pavilionhttp://www.fraze.com/
Have lunch at Taqueria Mixtecahttp://www.facebook.com/TaqueriaMixteca
Grab some food at Bahn Mai Thaihttp://www.bahnmai.com/
Grab some pizza at Marion'shttp://www.marionspizza.com/
Have dinner at The Windshttp://www.windscafe.com/
Wake up for donuts from Bill's Donutshttp://www.billsdonutshop.com/
4th of Jully Fireworkshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQPpCTwWFT8
Get some icecream at JD's Old Fashion Frozen Custardhttp://www.jdcustard.com/
Pick out a book at Bonnet's Bookshttp://www.bonnetts.com/
Grab a pint at Chappy's Tap Roomhttp://www.chappystaproom.com/
Pick up some chocolate from Winan'shttp://www.winansdayton.net/
Pick up some chocolate from Esther Pricehttp://www.estherprice.com/
Have a cocktail at Sidebarhttp://sidebar410.com/
Take a class at Rosewood Art Centerhttp://www.ci.kettering.oh.us/newweb/departments/cultural_arts/cularts_rosewood.php
Grab some soup at Olive an urban divehttp://www.olivedive.com/
Get a Killer Brownie from Dorthey Lane Markethttp://www.dorothylane.com/departments/bakery/killerbrownie.html
Take a Yoga class at Practice Yoga on 5thhttp://practiceyogadayton.com/web/
Go salsa dancing at Therapy Cafehttp://www.therapy-cafe.com/
Have a margarita at El Mesonhttp://www.elmeson.net/
See a comedian at Wiley's Comedy Clubhttp://www.wileyscomedyclub.com/
Try the cabbage rolls at Amber Rosehttp://www.theamberrose.com/
"Glo-Bowling" at Capri Laneshttp://www.capribowlinglanes.com/
Go to Yellow Springs Street Fairhttp://www.yellowspringsohio.org/street_fair.shtml
Go to Bike Night at Jackass Flatshttp://www.jackass-flats.com/
Grab a pint at Boston's Bistro & Pubhttp://www.bostonsbistro.com/
Grab a pint at Lucky's Taproomhttp://www.facebook.com/luckystaproomdayton
Have a glass of wine at The Wine Galleryhttp://www.thewinegalleryandcafe.com/
Have dinner at Jay's Seafoodhttp://www.jays.com/
Have lunch at Butter's Cafehttp://www.buttercafedayton.com/
Have lunch at Citiliteshttp://www.schustercenter.org/citilites/
Have dinner at Franco's Ristorantehttp://www.francos-italiano.com/
Grab some pizza from Dayton's Original Pizza Factoryhttp://pizzafactory.biz/
Visit Garden Stationhttp://www.facebook.com/GardenStation
Pick up a CD or DVD at Second Time Aroundhttp://secondtimearound.com/
Try the "Round the World Challenge" at Tanks Bar and Grillehttp://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=69724750557
Play a round of disc golf at Belmont Disc Golf Coursehttp://www.daytondiscgolf.org/
Shoot some pool at Belmont Billiardshttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Belmont-Billiards/117364088282795
Play some sand volleyball at Settershttp://settersvolleyballclub.com/
Go to a UD Flyers gamehttp://www.udflyers.com/
Visit Willis Bing Davis Art Studiohttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Willis-Bing-Davis-Art-Studio/114722461921347
Visit Wright Dunbar Museumhttp://www.wright-dunbar.org/
Grab some coffee or try a quesadilla at The Ohio Coffee Companyhttp://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ohio-Coffee-Co/119544159721
Visit Boonshoft Museum of Discoveryhttp://www.boonshoftmuseum.org/
Check out the Dayton Air Showhttp://www.daytonairshow.com/
Stop by Super Subby's for lunchhttp://www.subbys.com/
Stop by Milano's for lunchhttp://www.milanossubs.com/
Play some miniature golf at Indian Trailshttp://www.indiantrailsgolf.com/
Have lunch @ Culps's Cafehttp://www.daytonhistory.org/plan-your-visit.htm
Visit the Patterson Homesteadhttp://www.daytonhistory.org/plan-your-visit.htm
Go to Heritage Festivalhttp://www.daytonhistory.org/calendar/70/2427-Dayton-Heritage-Festival-at-Carillon-Park-Sunday-May-29-2011.htm
Spend an evening with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestrahttp://www.daytonphilharmonic.com/
Visit the Boonshoft Museumhttp://www.boonshoftmuseum.org/
Have Smokin BBQ after a long night in the Oregon Districthttp://www.smokinbarbque.com/
Have a pint of Guinness @ the Dublin Pubhttp://dubpub.com/home/
Go to Masqueragehttp://www.arcohio.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=47&Itemid=87
Learn firearms safety or fine tune your shooting skills at Vandalia Armoryhttp://www.vra-ohio.com/
Go antiquing in Tipp Cityhttp://www.visittippcity.org/
Go geocaching in the MetroParks and throughout Daytonhttp://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest.aspx
Play tennis at Schroeder's, Dayton Center Courts, Quail Run, Kettering, 5 Seasons, or South Regency tennis clubs ... or play outdoors at Triangle Park.
Find vintage treasures at Alley Cat Chichttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Alley-Cat-Chic/333651449888
Play intramural baseball in the Miami Valley Roy Hobbs Leaguehttp://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=mvrhbl
Go for a hike at John Bryan State Parkhttp://www.dnr.state.oh.us/parks/parks/jhnbryan/tabid/750/Default.aspx
Network with young professionals at a Generation Dayton eventwww.generationdayton.org
Enjoy good beer and/or pizza? Head to Boston's Bistro & Pubhttp://www.bostonsbistro.com/AboutUs.html
Go to the Dayton Racquet Club for the best panoramic views of the City from the top of the Kettering Towerhttp://www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/Dayton-Racquet-Club
Go to one of our nation's premier craft festivals - Waynesville Sauerkraut Festivalhttp://www.sauerkrautfestival.com/
Be amazed by talented DPS students at a Stivers performancehttp://www.stivers.org/
Browse The Shops of Oakwoodhttp://www.kmo-coc.org/cwt/external/wcpages/shops/shops_of_oakwood.aspx
Take an art class or browse the latest show at Cannery Art and Design Centerhttp://www.canneryarts.com/
Connect with local ski and board enthusiasts through Dayton Ski and Board Clubhttp://www.daytonski.org/
Match your passion with a volunteer opportunityhttp://www.dayton-unitedway.org/volunteer.php
Get dirty for a good cause at Mud Volleyball for Epilepsyhttp://www.daytonmud.com/
Eat lunch at Carmen's Deli & say hi to Hiatham while you're there.
Take a boxing class at Drake's Downtown Gymhttp://www.jabcityboxing.biz/
Learn something new for fun at Sinclair, one of the best community colleges ever.http://www.sinclair.edu/
See the Christmas lights at Historic Clifton Millhttp://www.cliftonmill.com/
Visit Dayton Visual Arts Center and check out "Art to Buy" for your holiday gift needshttp://www.daytonvisualarts.org/
Run in costume at the annual Ghost N Goblins 5Khttp://www.orrrc.org/events/october/ghost-n-goblin-5k.html
Visit DaytonMostMetro.com and be overwhelmed by all there is to do in Dayton.www.DaytonMostMetro.com
Get on the Catholic fish fry circuit, or at least visit the ever popular Alter High School one.
Rummage through the bargains at Mendleson's Liquidation Outlethttp://www.meci.com/
See The Nutcracker performed by The Dayton Ballethttp://www.daytonballet.org/index.php
Go to the Muse Machine's annual preformancehttp://www.musemachine.com/
Get sushi at Linh's Restauranthttp://linhsrestaurant.com/
Go to Alter Fest Labor Day Weekendwww.alterfest.com
Get lobsters from DLM's Lobstermania in May and have friends over for a lobster bakehttp://www.dorothylane.com/company/events.html
Go to a wine tasting at Rumbleseat
Go to a wine tasting at DLMhttp://www.dorothylane.com/Departments/Wine/winetastings.html
Have coffee (and a cigar) with a friend at Boston Stokerwww.bostonstoker.com
Try J Alexander's famous mac n' cheesewww.jalexanders.com
Eat dinner at Rue Dumainewww.ruedumainerestaurant.com
Have a bottle of wine and a brie flatbread at Savonawww.savonadayton.com
Take flying lessons from Dayton Wright Brothers Airportwww.flydayton.com
Do the "Light the Night" Walk for Leukemia/Lymphoma Society in October at the Fraze Pavilionwww.lightthenight.org
Join a runners' group at Up & Runningwww.upandrunningindayton.com
Go to a movie at the Dixie Drive-Inwww.dixietwin.com
Don't miss the annual Springtime in Paris Pastry Show!www.dorothylanemarket.com
Go dancing on Wednesday night at Club Masquehttp://www.clubmasque.com/main.php
Engage in a game a laser tag at Laser Questhttp://www.laserquest.com/Locations/USALocations.aspx?cntr=Centerville
Experience the view from the top of the Kettering Tower
Meet an author at Books & Co.http://www.booksandco.com/location.html
Play paintball at BlastZone Paintballhttp://www.blastzonepaintball.com
Go to the Potato Festival in Spring Valleyhttp://www.springvalleyoh.com/potatofestival.htm
Play put-put at Rolandiahttp://www.gorollandia.com/

 

If you have any additions, please give me a shout!

5 comments

  1. Theresa Lussier

    Nice list, Richard. I’d add bird watching a Eastwood Lake MetroPark. Hiking the falls at Charleston Falls in Tipp City, Youngs Dairy in Yellow Springs, Nat’l Museum of the Air Force in Riverside.

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