People enjoy springtime at Cox Arboretum MetroPark.
Photo: Five Rivers MetroPark
Photo: Five Rivers MetroPark

BEST OF DAYTON: The most gorgeous and fun backdrops for your Instagram photos

We all know Dayton looks beautiful and there are many places to photograph, show off and share on social media. 

You’ve picked the top three locations in’s Best of 2018 contest in the Best Spot to Take a Photo for Instagram category. 

Get ready to get out and share those fabulous photos. 

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Two people are shown climbing the tree tower Saturday, May 5, 2015, the first day it reopened at Cox Arboretum MetroPark. The tower was closed and disassembled after soft spots were found in fall 2016 in its three wooden logs.

WINNER: Cox Arboretum and Gardens MetroParks 

Cox Arboretum and Gardens MetroParks is filled with gorgeous imagery year-round. 

Climb to the top of the Tree Tower for breathtaking birds-eye views of conifers and sprawling gardens and prairies covered in snow during the winter. 

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An elegantly arched bridge spanning a pond filled with lily pads appears like a Monet painting and the turtles snoozing in the sun underneath make a perfect summer image. 

Compose an Instagram photo of spring flowers blooming in the colors of the rainbow or golden trees in fall within the 189-acre facility. 

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6733 N. Springboro Pike, Dayton  WebsiteFacebook 

Deeds Carillon is now transformed into the Carillon Tree of Light during the holiday season. The breathtaking Tree of Light — an unmistakable symbol of Christmas in the Miami Valley — signals the return of Carillon Historical Park’s month-long holiday celebration: A Carillon Christmas. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
Photo: Tom Gilliam

SECOND PLACE: Carillon Historical Park 

The 65-acre Carillon Historical Park is filled with picturesque backgrounds that make amazing photographs. 

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Wander through the early settlement area and compose photographs against the wood and stone textures of the early architecture. 

Don’t miss capturing sunlight streaming through the windows of the historic Locust Grove School house or the soot blackened fireplace in Newcom Tavern, Dayton’s oldest standing structure. 

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And don’t forget the stunning Carillon Tree of Light that provides the perfect back drop during the holiday season.

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1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton,  WebsiteFacebook Check for hours and admission prices

Next time you're in the Oregon District, check out the #DaytonInspires selfie wall on the outside of Brim on East Fifth Street, painted by Dayton-based artist Atalie Gagnet. (Source: Libby Ballengee, Facebook)
Photo: Libby Ballengee

THIRD PLACE: Dayton Inspires Mural in the Oregon District 

The perfect frame for Instagram photos has been painted on a brick wall in the Oregon District. 

In fact it is so popular, it inspired a creative contest last year #DaytonOffTheWall requesting the weirdest, wackiest, craziest photos. 

>>Check out this Dayton Inspires selfie wall

The Dayton Inspires mural has been the scene of countless creative pictures. Dancers leaping across the scene, folks posing on beach chairs, sipping summer drinks surrounded by snow and a skateboarders have defied gravity for the perfect photo in front of the mural. 

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The mural along the side of Brim on Fifth Street isn’t the only Dayton Inspires mural, one on the side of the Cannery building on Third Street; and one located on Courthouse Square at the entrance of Catapult Creative’s office.