There's so much to do in the Gem City between Memorial Day and Labor Day -- here's ten ideas sure to wow your crowd (video by Tabatha Wharton)

10+ ideas to squeeze in that last blast of summertime fun

While some kids are already hitting the books, there is still time to have some summertime fun.

Say goodbye to summer, in style

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Paddling near the fountains at RiverScape Metropark. CONTRIBUTED
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🚣 Paddling

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. 

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The splash pad, in Thomas A. Cloud Park, in Huber Heights, officially opened on Saturday July 4, 2010.

🌊 Water fun

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.

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Land of Illusion scream park is famous at Halloween. Now it has a new focus for summer. A new water attraction is now open called Aqua Adventures.

πŸ–οΈ 😱Chills and thrills

This weekend, Land of Illusion transforms back into an iconic haunted park after its first summer as an aquatic oasis. Soak up the best of both worlds during the final weekend of beach-front fun at the adventure park.

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MetroParks Mountain Biking Area (MoMBA). CONTRIBUTED
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🚲 Cycling

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.

Bike for Health Challenge guided ride to Huffman Dam (Saturday, Sept. 1, 9-11 a.m.) – Get out and ride by participating in the Bike for Health Challenge, a series of free self-guided, ride-at-your-own-pace rides. Each week through September will be a designated route. Visit for information.

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🚢‍♀️ Hiking

The Gem City’s outdoor adventure options go far beyond the water and bike paths. Numerous parks and hiking trails make any season the perfect season to get outside and enjoy nature.

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At the Ohio Caverns in Champaign County, tours leave about every 20 minutes. CONTRIBUTED
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πŸš— Road trip!

Take advantage of clear skies for a nice drive and hit the highways to visit some of Southwestern Ohio’s charming, historic and downright must-see sights from the Yellow Springs to the Ohio Caverns. 

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Camping out is a great way to enjoy the celestial events coming up in August 2017. PHOTO / Five Rivers MetroParks
Photo: Jordan Hart

πŸ•οΈ Camping

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.

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Owen's Place in Beavercreek,Β one of the hidden playgrounds to explore around the Miami Valley (FACEBOOK)

πŸ˜€ Playground and parks

Whether it’s hot or chilly, playgrounds are a perfect way to have some fun. Check out our guides to plan your next park trip with the kiddos.

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BOEING B-29 SUPERFORTRESS Why is it important: Called Bockscar, the museum's B-29, famously dropped the "Fat Man" atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan on Aug. 9, 1945. An estimated 50,000 people died, according to the BBC. About 40,000 people died instantly As many as 135,000 people died as the result of the atomic attack against Hiroshima three days earlier.
Photo: U.S. Air Force

πŸ–ΌοΈ Museums

While it doesn’t have to be summer to enjoy the educational bounty of our local museums, activities and events in the summer definitely make them worth putting on your “must-do” list. 

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Inside the Butterfly House at Cox Arboretum Metropark on Springboro Pike. CONTRIBUTED


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 for more about Cox Arboretum.