BEST OF DAYTON: The best park in the Gem City

It’s summer! That means sunny skies and more time outdoors are in our future.

One of the best things about life in Dayton, Ohio, is access to gorgeous outdoor spaces, from parks to playgrounds.

These are the top three picks for Best Park in Dayton, as voted by the people in’s Best of 2018 contest.

>> Best of Dayton 2018: Complete list of winners

WINNER: Carillon Park

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Carillon Historical Park is Dayton History’s 65-acre park that blends the concept of an open-air museum with a park complete with a hidden playground. Carillon has it all. Carillon is home to one of Dayton’s most recognizable landmarks, the Deeds Carillon. It’s also home to the new Brethen Tower offering a spectacular bird’s eye view of the city, a famous Wright Brothers artifact the Wright Flyer III, a carousel, a brewery, dozens of museum buildings showcasing the best of Dayton’s history and inventions, including the cash register, and more.

>> Carillon spotlighted in New York Times among world-renowned institutions

>> Carillon’s beloved train rides returning soon

Want to go?

1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark



Situated along the Stillwater River, this 88-acre gem of the Dayton area offers beautiful formal gardens, a children’s garden and woodland walks. The Children’s Discovery Garden features a sensory garden, music maze, sandboxes, a fossil cave and waterplay. The formal gardens provide a place to play, relax and recharge any time of year. There is also a nature trail and a swamp forest.

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1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: RiverScape MetroPark

RiverScape MetroPark is a place to relax and unwind or get active. RiverScape is a great place for a bicycle ride, as it sits at the junction of the Great Miami River and Mad River Trail, on the nation’s largest paved trail network and connects to the on-street facilities in downtown Dayton. If you don’t have a bike, you can rent one. It’s also a destination for paddlers. RiverScape River Run opens the downtown river to a beautiful seven-mile paddle from Eastwood MetroPark on the Mad River, through downtown to the Carillon Historical Park and University of Dayton area. RiverScape also is home to an ice rink, a splashpad, an inventor’s walk and a glorious view of the river and fountains. It’s the home of many summer festivals and free concerts.

Want to go?

237 E. Monument Ave., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook

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