RiverScape River Run offers a whitewater play feature for more experienced paddlers.
Photo: Contributing Writer
Photo: Contributing Writer

Getting to know the new, booming downtown Dayton

Have you taken a moment to explore the heart of Dayton recently? To put it simply -- this is not your parents’ downtown. With new and exciting sports clubs and breweries (and tours designed to help you discover them), downtown Dayton is really becoming a great place to live and visit. Take a look at some of these recent additions to an already thriving downtown scene. 

Adult sport leagues: Groups like Sportcial and Gem City Social Sports offer grown-up (but still low-key) leagues for tee-ball, kickball and cornhole, with an obligatory side of burgers and beers. These are adult leagues, after all. Leagues last for a couple of weeks, so we’re not talking about a serious commitment here -- just an opportunity to get to know your neighbors and have a good time. Leagues like these have been a huge success in larger cities like Chicago. It’s time for you to get in on the action, too. 

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Party bikes: Admit it -- every time you see people enjoying an evening on a group party-bike, you think about getting some friends together to try it out. The new downtown can make that dream come true, too. Pedal Wagon and QuadracycAle are two companies that have brought the national craze to our very own downtown and Oregon District breweries and bars. It’s a great way to get out to both see and participate in the booming downtown experience. 

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Brewery tours and tastings: As you have definitely noticed, Dayton has become quite the hub for really wonderful breweries. Many local breweries offer their own tours, but there are new ways to get a group of friends together and explore multiple stops with safe transportation and a helpful guide. Booking a brew or wine tour with Buckeye Road Trips allows you to enjoy all of the fun of multiple brewery sites without the worry about safe transportation or the high cost of cab fare. 

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RiverScape River Run: It’s not ALL about beer and the nightlife, however. Riverscape River Run is an amazing way to enjoy the new downtown while catching some sun and staying active. The $4-million project just made its grand opening in May and people are already enjoying this amazing idea sponsored by the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan. The new River Run encourages visitors to enjoy a seven-mile paddle down the Great Miami River right through Riverscape and downtown Dayton. Take the easy-flowing route or the more-challenging whitewater path through two new features in the river. These new structures allow for fishing and sunbathing, as well. If you’d like a refresher course before taking to the water, Five Rivers MetroParks are offering paddling classes for all ages. 

Downtown Dayton keeps getting better, whether you are stopping by for a visit or taking advantage of the many new ways to live in the area. Keep checking back for a breakdown of all the reasons for excitement in one of Ohio’s best and growing cities. 

If you’re looking to make a move closer to downtown and experience all the fun closer to home, be sure to contact Coldwell Banker Heritage Realtors to begin your search for a new place to live.