With all of the river and waterway options in and around Dayton, paddling is one outdoor sport the Gem City isn’t lacking in. Whether you’re new at paddling or have years of experience, there’s a waterway, class and vessel for everyone.
Splish, splash! Sunshine and continued warm temperatures means there’s still time to get in some wet-and-wild fun. Community spray parks and splash pads are great places to cool off for kids and parents alike. Many, like Island MetroPark’s sprayground, are open through Labor Day.
This weekend, Land of Illusion transforms back into an iconic haunted park after another summer as an aquatic oasis. Soak up the best of both worlds during the final weekend of beach-front fun at the adventure park.
Mountain bike rentals: Now through Labor Day, rent mountain bikes at the MetroParks Mountain Biking Area (MoMBA) at Huffman MetroPark on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. A variety of bikes are available, with youth rates starting at $6/hour and adult rates at $8/hour. MoMBA features more than 9 miles of trails for bikers at all levels. Rentals include helmets.
As temperatures begin to cool, especially in the evening, a campsite looks more and more appealing. Get that cooler packed — don’t forget the marshmallows — and enjoy some mighty fine camping in the Dayton-area.
Butterfly House: The Butterfly House is a not-to-be-missed destination at Cox Arboretum featuring native Ohio butterflies. Children and adults can view butterflies and moths in all stages of metamorphosis. Visit www.metroparks.org/butterfly-house for more about Cox Arboretum.