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 Park
Go Horseback Riding at Carriage Hill Metro Park
Visit Cox Arboretum Park
Visit Deeds Point Metro Park
Visit Eastwood Metro Park
Go Sledding at Englewood Metro Park
Go Backpacking at Germantown Metro Park
Visit Hills & Dales Park Metro Park
Go Mountain Biking at Huffman Metro Park
Visit Island Metro Park
Visit Possum Creek Metro Park
Ice Skate at RiverScape Metro Park
Visit 2nd Street Market
Visit Sugarcreek Metro Park
Visit Sunrise Metro Park
Go Canoeing at Taylorsville Metro Park
Visit Twin Creek Metro Park
See Dougherty Exhibit at Wegerzyn Gardens Metro Park
Visit Wesleyan Metro Park
See a movie at New Neon Movie Theater
See a play at Victoria Theatre
See a play at Schuster Center
See a play at The Loft
Have dinner at the Barnsider
Have dinner at the Pine Club
Have dinner at the Wellington Grille
Have dinner at Cest Tout
Have lunch at Coco's Bistro
Have dinner at La Auberge
Have dinner at Mamma DiSalvo's
Have lunch at 5th Street Deli
Have sushi at Thai 9
Have sushi at Kabuki
Have dinner at the Oakwood Club
Have brunch at Meadowlark
See a band at Canal Street Tavern
Go to a Dayton Dragon's Game
Go to a Dayton Gems Game
Go to a Gem City Rollergirls Derby
Go to AleFest
Go to Oktoberfest
Go to Urban Nights
Go to Taste of Miami Valley
Go to First Friday
Go to Little Art Movie Theater
Go to City Folk Festival
Go to Celtic Festival
Go to Greek Festival
Go to Hauntfest on 5th
Visit the Art Institute
Go to Film Dayton Festival
Go to Montgomery County Fair
Visit Color of Energy Gallery
Visit K12 Gallery
Visit Dayton International Peace Museum
Visit Land of Illusion
Visit Dayton Visual Arts Center
Visit Dayton Metro Library
Visit Fulton Farms
Visit National Air Force Museum
Visit Young's Jersey Dairy Farm
Go to Dayton Dutch Lions Game
Watch a band play at Blind Bobs
Get a drink at Trolley Stop
Dance all night at Pulse
Get a Coffee at Press
Visit Sunwatch Indian Village
bike with wording?
Go to World Affair at Dayton Convention Center
Treat yourself to a day at the spa with Square One
Climb at Urban Krag
Have a beer at South Park Tavern
Visit Packard Museum
Kayak the Little Miami River
Visit Callilon Park
Visit Paul Lawrence Dunbar Home
Visit Hawthorne Hill
Have a Bad Juan at Elsa's
Woodland Cemetary
Shop vintage at Feathers
Go to a concert at the Fraze Pavilion
Have lunch at Taqueria Mixteca
Grab some food at Bahn Mai Thai
Grab some pizza at Marion's
Have dinner at The Winds
Wake up for donuts from Bill's Donuts
4th of Jully Fireworks
Get some icecream at JD's Old Fashion Frozen Custard
Pick out a book at Bonnet's Books
Grab a pint at Chappy's Tap Room
Pick up some chocolate from Winan's
Pick up some chocolate from Esther Price
Have a cocktail at Sidebar
Take a class at Rosewood Art Center
Grab some soup at Olive an urban dive
Get a Killer Brownie from Dorthey Lane Market
Take a Yoga class at Practice Yoga on 5th
Go salsa dancing at Therapy Cafe
Have a margarita at El Meson
See a comedian at Wiley's Comedy Club
Try the cabbage rolls at Amber Rose
"Glo-Bowling" at Capri Lanes
Go to Yellow Springs Street Fair
Go to Bike Night at Jackass Flats
Grab a pint at Boston's Bistro & Pub
Grab a pint at Lucky's Taproom
Have a glass of wine at The Wine Gallery
Have dinner at Jay's Seafood
Have lunch at Butter's Cafe
Have lunch at Citilites
Have dinner at Franco's Ristorante
Grab some pizza from Dayton's Original Pizza Factory
Visit Garden Station
Pick up a CD or DVD at Second Time Around
Try the "Round the World Challenge" at Tanks Bar and Grille
Play a round of disc golf at Belmont Disc Golf Course
Shoot some pool at Belmont Billiards
Play some sand volleyball at Setters
Go to a UD Flyers game
Visit Willis Bing Davis Art Studio
Visit Wright Dunbar Museum
Grab some coffee or try a quesadilla at The Ohio Coffee Company
Visit Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
Check out the Dayton Air Show
Stop by Super Subby's for lunch
Stop by Milano's for lunch
Play some miniature golf at Indian Trails
Have lunch @ Culps's Cafe
Visit the Patterson Homestead
Go to Heritage Festival
Spend an evening with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
Visit the Boonshoft Museum
Have Smokin BBQ after a long night in the Oregon District
Have a pint of Guinness @ the Dublin Pub
Go to Masquerage
Learn firearms safety or fine tune your shooting skills at Vandalia Armory
Go antiquing in Tipp City
Go geocaching in the MetroParks and throughout Dayton
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 Chic
Play intramural baseball in the Miami Valley Roy Hobbs League
Go for a hike at John Bryan State Park
Network with young professionals at a Generation Dayton
Enjoy good beer and/or pizza? Head to Boston's Bistro & Pub
Go to the Dayton Racquet Club for the best panoramic views of the City from the top of the Kettering Tower
Go to one of our nation's premier craft festivals - Waynesville Sauerkraut Festival
Be amazed by talented DPS students at a Stivers performance
Browse The Shops of Oakwood
Take an art class or browse the latest show at Cannery Art and Design Center
Connect with local ski and board enthusiasts through Dayton Ski and Board Club
Match your passion with a volunteer opportunity
Get dirty for a good cause at Mud Volleyball for Epilepsy
Eat lunch at Carmen's Deli & say hi to Hiatham while you're there.
Take a boxing class at Drake's Downtown Gym
Learn something new for fun at Sinclair, one of the best community colleges ever.
See the Christmas lights at Historic Clifton Mill
Visit Dayton Visual Arts Center and check out "Art to Buy" for your holiday gift needs
Run in costume at the annual Ghost N Goblins 5K
Visit and be overwhelmed by all there is to do in
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 Outlet
See The Nutcracker performed by The Dayton Ballet
Go to the Muse Machine's annual preformance
Get sushi at Linh's Restaurant
Go to Alter Fest Labor Day
Get lobsters from DLM's Lobstermania in May and have friends over for a lobster bake
Go to a wine tasting at Rumbleseat
Go to a wine tasting at DLM
Have coffee (and a cigar) with a friend at Boston
Try J Alexander's famous mac n'
Eat dinner at Rue
Have a bottle of wine and a brie flatbread at
Take flying lessons from Dayton Wright Brothers
Do the "Light the Night" Walk for Leukemia/Lymphoma Society in October at the Fraze
Join a runners' group at Up &
Go to a movie at the Dixie
Don't miss the annual Springtime in Paris Pastry Show!
Go dancing on Wednesday night at Club Masque
Engage in a game a laser tag at Laser Quest
Experience the view from the top of the Kettering Tower
Meet an author at Books & Co.
Play paintball at BlastZone Paintball
Go to the Potato Festival in Spring Valley
Play put-put at Rolandia


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


  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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