While some kids are already hitting the books, there is still time to have some summertime fun.
Say goodbye to summer, in style
LAST BLAST OF SUMMER FUN
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.
🌊 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.
🏖️ 😱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.
• 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 www.metroparks.org/things-to-do/cycling/ for information.
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.
🚗 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.
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.
😀 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.
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.
☀️ MORE SUMMER FUN…
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/cox for more about Cox Arboretum.