Things to do in Dayton

No matter where you live, there are always places to go and events to see. With the Dayton community growing and more fun things popping up around town, we wanted to highlight some of the best places to visit while you’re in Dayton or in the surrounding community.

Outdoors and Active

eastwood metropark and eastwood lake daytonDayton isn’t exactly known for their park system but the City has been investing in it’s parks to allow those who enjoy the outdoors a great environment for things like playing sports, playground for kids, and even places to hike and take in some fresh air. Here are just a few of the parks in Dayton and the nearby that you might want to check out.

  1. Eastwood Metropark and Eastwood Lake are a great park so close to downtown Dayton. Just 10 minutes east and just north of Mad River, Eastwood is a nice, calm lake that is convenient for canoeing, paddleboarding, and boating. Don’t forget your fishing rod as there’s plenty of spots to fish in Eastwood Lake, Blue Lake, or Mad River, all which are accessible within the Metropark. If you have little ones and you’re heading to the playground, be sure to use the entrance of Springfield St. or the south entrance on Harshman Rd. as the playground is south of Mad River and if you go in the wrong entrance, there is no access.
  2. Wegerzyn Gardens reminds you a bit of an English past. A garden with tall hedges, pines, pergolas; many stone walkways, statues, a fountain, potted plants and beautiful flowers. There are a few trails in the woods including a nice wooden bridge path or for a nice calming moment, grab a seat at one of the benches by the small pond near the discovery center.
  3. RiverScape Metropark is quite the place all year round. Summers a great on the river for canoeing, splashpads for kids, and concerts at the Pavilion. During the winter, the Pavilion turns a bit slippery as it becomes a covered ice skating rink open at the end of November until it thaws in February.
  4. If you’re a bit more daring or have kids that are, then Mike’s Bike Park might be for you. Welcoming kids of all ages (while companied by an adult) and skill levels, the park allows all extreme sports riders to use the facility and test their skills. Whether you skate, skateboard, scoot, or bike, there are plenty of ramps and rails for you to ride.


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  1. Dayton’s Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is one of the kid-favorites in town with something to offer to all ages. Originally a Museum of Natural History, it has transformed into a diverse science center that includes:
    • a small zoo of 150 animals including an aquarium area with a touch-and-feel tidepool
    • An observatory and planetarium where kids can explore the stars and outer space
    • Ancient historical geology and paleontology exhibits including an Egyptian mummy
    • And more.
  2. With Dayton rooted in aviation, it’s home to the oldest and largest museum dedicated to everything flying, the National Museum of the US Air Force. Housed at Wright-Patterson Air Force base since 1923, the museum is home to over 350 planes, some once used and others replicas. Exhibits include airplanes used by US Presidents, those flown in various wars, replica NASA space shuttles based off of Apollo missions spacecrafts, and of course, a Wright brothers replica Military Flyer. Have fun testing out the flight simulator or visit the theater that airs various documentaries and educational resources about the aviation industry.

Indoors, Arts, and History

  1. America’s Packard Museum is a former Packard Dealership restored and preserved as the only museum in the world for these historic vehicles. Some built back in 1903, the collection displays over 50 vintage cars, parts, signs, and more just a few minutes south of Downtown Dayton. Ranking routinely as one of the top automotive museums in the country, the Parkard Museum is a must see for any gearhead.
  2. The Victoria Theater and Schuster Performing Arts Center are both excellent choices if you fancy a show and conveniently, are just on opposite sides of Main St. near First St. While the Victoria has been restored from being built in 1866, the Schuster is a modern masterpiece completed in 2003. Both highlight the best of the Dayton performing arts and are wonderful options for musical ensembles, plays, ballets, dances, and more.
  3. Dayton Art Institute is another great option for those interested in the arts. The Italian architecture alone is a masterpiece as are the many sculptures, paintings, and artifacts. Home to nearly 30,000 individual pieces spanning 5,000 years and 6 continents, must-see’s include those from legendary artists such as Monet, Degas, and Rubens. If you intend to visit, be sure to try and schedule a museum tour as you’ll be educated on more history of the artwork than just what are on the plaques nearby.

Food & Drinks

A things To Do list wouldn’t be complete without some of the best places to eat and grab a drink in town.

  1. The Pine Club – Maybe the most famous and recognizable restaurant in Dayton, The Pine Club has been serving the highest quality aged steaks paired with one of the largest collections of fine wines in the Midwest since 1947. Featured in many national publications including on the Food Network and USA Today, this family owned restaurant preserves its heritage and old-world charm just like it did back seven decades ago.
  2. If you’re looking for something simple but good, go no further than Tank’s Bar & Grill. According to, they were the winners of 5 different food categories including
    • Best Burger
    • Best Chili
    • Best Breakfast
    • Best Late-night eats
    • Best Cheap eats
  3. Voted as the top Dayton brewery 3 out of the last 5 years, Warped Winged Brewing Company is the best place in town for a craft beer. With 6 core beers, 6 yearly seasonals, and nearly 50 different limited releases, there’s something for everyone. And their food? Smoked wings, bison burgers, fish sandwiches, gyro’s, and Texas Toast grilled cheese, you’ll probably have trouble deciding between many tasty choices.


Dayton invites visitors from all over the state with many attractions and places to visit. From fun parks and outdoor adventures to kid-friendly and one-of-a-kind experiences like the Air Force Museum to great places to chill out and have a drink, there is something for everyone. Visit a few places, experience the history, and indulge in the local cuisine. We hope you enjoyed our list of things to do in Dayton and if you’re local and ever need to sell your house fast in Dayton, give Community Home Buyers a call and we’ll be happy to educate you on your options to sell.