Dayton's Parks and Recreation
Parks and Trails
The Dayton area is served by parks like Five Rivers Metro Parks, which encompasses more than 14,000 acres and boasts over 23 facilities for year-round recreation, education, and conservation. Dayton Area Mensa has chosen the facilities of the Metro Parks for its annual Member Appreciation Picnic.
The Dayton area has more than 73 miles of paved scenic trails in cooperation with the Miami Conservancy District. These trails, part of the Rails to Trails project, connect with more than 270 miles of trails in Warren, Greene, Miami, and Butler counties and stretches all of the way to the Southeastern Columbus area. This, plus many bicycle only lanes in the downtown area, have earned Dayton the Bicycle Friendly designation by the League of American Bicyclists. (Columbus is the only other city in Ohio with this honor.) The trails have hosted several national cycling and running events and DAM even has a couple of avid cyclists who have logged thousands of miles on the extensive network of trails.
Sports and Other Entertainment
King's Island amusement park boasts more than a dozen coasters as well as a water park, Planet Snoopy kids area, picnic area and live entertainment. Dayton also has comedy and jazz clubs, a number of art and history museums, several live theater venues, and a variety of indoor and outdoor concert events.
Dayton's sporting venues include minor league and college baseball, hockey, and football. Cincinnati's professional baseball and football arenas are less than an hour away. If you prefer to show your inner athlete, you can ice skate at Hara Arena, ride with the Dayton Cycling Club, or try indoor rock climbing at one of several facilities in the area.