11 cool things to do in Bellbrook

Looking for a quiet, out-of-the-way place to explore on a weekend or summer evening without venturing too far from home? Give Bellbrook a try.

This small, quiet town sits east of Centerville and south of Beavercreek in Greene Coun­ty, but don't let that quaint description fool you -- there's plenty to do and see here.

Annual Maple Sugar Festival
Bellbrook hosts its 38th Annual Sugar Maple Festival April 22-24 in downtown Bellbrook. This year's theme is "Oh the Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss.

The 2016 events schedule features an array of talent and live entertainment, a 5K and dog show, an antique car show and crafts of every kind.

The Blueberry Cafe
If you find yourself with a case of the hungries on a Saturday or Sunday morning, take a drive to Bellbrook's Blueberry Café, located at 72 Bellbrook Plaza.

You'll find large portions of your favorite breakfast foods, huge pancakes, omelets, hash browns and French toast. But they have a secret that no other restaurant in the area has -- the Muffin Man with his larger-than-life muffins, and a personality as big as any muffin he makes. You'll want to get there early -- you may have to wait for a table, but it's worth it.

Tik's Thai Grill
You like spicy food, but the person with you doesn't. No problem at Tik's Thai Grill, located at 4459 W. Franklin Street.

This tranquil spot prides itself on making people happy with good food that is prepared fresh and spiced correctly, no matter what your spice preference is. Dishes include Thai favorites like shrimp, curry and duck. The menu is guaranteed to satisfy any taste in spicy cuisine.

McIntosh's Pub & Grub
McIntosh Pub and Grub
sits on the corner at 6 E. Franklin Street in the heart of town.

The family-friendly sports bar features bar food that won't break the bank (think wings, burgers, fries and cheese sticks), drinks, sports and Ron's Pizza.

The eatery features lunch specials every day of the week, with Wild Wings day on Wednesday. However, you might want to stay away from the pretzel bits – we've heard they're habit-forming.

Third Season
The newest restaurant in town, this family-owned and operated spot is located at 135 E. Franklin Street.

Third Season's eclectic menu offers the ever-popular baby back ribs, the Third Burger, fresh pasta, red beans and rice, paninis and more. Bonus: ingredients are purchased through local suppliers and farms in an effort to support the local economy.

Bellbrook Pizza Cottage
Close to the stoplight at 18 E. Franklin Street is The Bellbrook Pizza Cottage. According to reviews on Tripadvisor, this little-known pizza spot has some of the best pizzas, subs and pretzels in the area. The staff is very accommodating and gets orders out quickly, and there's always plenty of parking for dine-in or carryout. The best part: there's no skimping on the cheese.

Stagecoach Toys
At 15 W. Franklin Street, there's Stagecoach Toys. This is a large retail and consignment store with an inventory of thousands of vintage toys -- the ultimate for toy collectors and fans of antiques.

Whether you're looking for a rare, still-in-the-package action figure, a Hot Wheels car or a Batgirl Barbie Doll, Stagecoach's many items will bring back childhood memories. Other items of note include old pedal cars, china, military toys and games like Rock'em Sock'em Robots.

Bellbrook Golf Park Driving Range
Perfection of a golf swing takes practice, practice, practice. Bellbrook Golf Park at 3363 Washington Mill Road has 21 tees and two putting greens. So grab a bucket of balls, your handy driver or putter, and get to work on that swing.

Bellbrook Canoe Rental
It doesn't get any better than canoeing or kayaking down the Little Miami River. Bellbrook Canoe Rental at 3234 Washington Mill Road is no more than a 45-minute drive from the Dayton area. The Little Miami River offers a view of nature's best, and has a gentle current that offers beginners and experts splendid wilderness scenes.

The business is been family-owned and operated, and has 160 canoes and kayaks for rent. They also offer lazy tube rides down the Little Miami.

Sugar Creek Fly Shop
If you're up for the challenge of fly-fishing, stop into the Sugar Creek Fly Shop at 7635 Wilmington Pike for the latest on what the fish are biting at. While there, you might want to browse around the store. They have all the major brands and the expertise and advice on how to use to anything they sell. They also will give you insider info on the best spots on the Little Miami for fly-fishing.

Sugarcreek MetroPark
For the hiker or nature lover, Sugarcreek MetroPark at 4178 Conference Road has a variety of things to see. Believe it or not, there are 550-year-old oak trees, a tall grass prairie, woodlands and the scenic Sugar Creek that just begs to be explored. Sugarcreek is 618 acres that were once farmland. Through land management and natural processes, it has resulted in a variety of habitats for the animals of the park.

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