50 ideas for your Dayton summer bucket list

  • Kacie Klarer
  • Tabatha Wharton
6:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 23, 2017 What To Do

Here are 50 must-do things this summer in the Dayton area. 

1.) Take a walking brewery tour. Summer and beer go hand in hand. Start at the Fifth Street Brewpub and walk down Fifth Street to the Oregon. You can then hit Toxic, Warped Wing, Barrel House and Dayton Beer Company. The best part of the tour is you can stumble to all five breweries in just under a mile.

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The highest point in Dayton is at Lookout Point in Woodland Cemetery.

6.) Cool off at the waterpark. Whether you're looking to soak up the sun or take advantage of one of the many deals the park is offering this summer, there are tons of great outdoor waterpark adventures a short drive from Dayton all summer long. Here are 7 waterpark adventures you should really think about!

If you're looking to get in touch with your more earthy side, there's no better place to go than Yellow Springs. Here's the can't miss spots for the first time visitor and the regular sightseers. (Video by Tabatha Wharton)

12.) Get your climb on at Urban KragWhen that adventurous spirit strikes, you know where to head. The indoor rock climbing wall is designed to test your strength, provide a safe atmosphere and brings families together with a fun activity. Bonus: it’s great even when the sunny weather fails.

The 3rd on Third market returned to Dayton on Sunday, April 19, featuring live music, food trucks, baked goods and a variety of vendors carrying everything from locally made goods to antiques and collectibles. The rain-or-shine market is held on the third Sunday of each month from April through October at 1121 E. Third Street.
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This favorite family festival was held at Young's Jersey Dairy on Oct. 1-2, 2016 in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

23.) Enjoy all things strawberry at the Troy Strawberry Festival. While the strawberry donuts might be the main attraction, don't miss out on all the fun activities, including a softball tournament, 10K race, live music, food vendors and more!

24.) Try one of the area’s hidden playgrounds. Step out of your comfort zone and explore these parks and play structures. From the heart of the Oregon to the outer ‘burbs, you’re sure to find a new favorite place to hang with your littles. 

One of the best playgrounds in the area is hidden up in the hillside of Carillon Historical Park. Watch our Tabatha Wharton and her kids take the crazy set of slides head on. (Video by Tabatha Wharton)

28.) Get on your bike and ride. Dayton has an abundance of bike trails for all ages and experience levels.

See Island MetroPark in its natural beauty from the air.

34.) Drink margaritas! Grab your friends and refresh your thirst with Bad Juan Margaritas from Elsa’s. Or check out a new spot. Find some of our favorites here: 5 best places to find margaritas.

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Five River MetroParks Outdoor Recreation Coordinator Angie Sheldon and Possum Creek MetroPark Manager Mike Osborne show off one of the newest campsites at Possum Creek. CONNIE POST/STAFF
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Joey Votto on a rehab assignment with the Dayton Dragons on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. Contributed photo by Nick Falzerano

47.) Plan a picnic. Planning the perfect out-of-doors fete is a piece of cake with our guides on where to go and what to bring with you to eatBon appetit!

50.) Spend a day in the Oregon District. Whether you’re looking for a place to eat, shop or hang out with friends, the Oregon District is the place to go. Grab a cocktail from a locally-owned restaurant or enjoy a local craft beer at Toxic or Lucky’s. Look for vintage goods at Clash or Feathers, check out records at Omega Music or find a new hat at BRIM. Seriously, the list goes on.

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