Photo: Staff Writer
Photo: Staff Writer

BEST OF DAYTON 2018: The 3 best places to take the kids in Dayton 

Between dozens of beautiful MetroParks, museums and ice cream oases, Dayton has plenty to offer its youngest Daytonians.

Pack up the kids and get these three destinations on your kiddos’ summer bucket list ASAP. As voted by YOU, our readers, here are the three best places to take the kids, according to the Best of Dayton 2018 contest.  

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🌞WINNER: Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
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Photo: Amanda Egloff

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If you have not yet explored the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, you’ll be blown away by how much there is to see and do. The Boonshoft Zoo is a must-see, as well as the rotating exhibits featured at the museum. There are also year-round events and fundraisers at Boonshoft, so be sure to check their website regularly to stay up-to-date. 

2600 DeWeese Pkwy., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook 

🌞SECOND PLACE: Young's Jersey Dairy

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Young's Jersey Dairy is much more than a dairy farm.
Photo: Young's Jersey Dairy

Although it’s a good idea any time of the year to head to Young’s Jersey Dairy, summer is prime time. There is so much to do at this Dayton-area favorite pastime. Perhaps one of the best reasons to take the kids for a visit is the adults get to enjoy scoop after scoop of some of the region’s best ice cream while the kids play. 

6880 Springfield Xenia Road, Yellow Springs | WebsiteFacebook 

🌞THIRD PLACE: National Museum of the United States Air Force

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Students participate in a previous Home School STEM Day at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Students enjoyed the guided tours, scavenger hunts, hands-on classes and aerospace demonstration stations. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Photo: National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Your kids will not believe their eyes when they step into each of the museum’s expansive hangars. The massive planes will leave a huge, lasting impression on them that will leave them begging to come back again and again. It takes quite a while to make your way through the entire museum, so it is a perfect weekend activity to keep them busy the whole day. 

1100 Spaatz St., Wright-Patterson Air Force Base | WebsiteFacebook