Do you have some extra time this weekend, want to do something fun, but don’t want to spend too much? Here’s a list of some free activities to take advantage of around the Gem City!
Check out the recently renovated main branch of the library downtown. While you’re there, stop in The Dayton Room, where they keep all kinds of historical records. I’ve found some really interesting books and photos there, and the staff are incredibly helpful. As with most libraries, there are lots of activities going on throughout the day to keep the little ones occupied. One of my other favorite things about the library is their huge network of materials. If your local branch doesn’t have what you’re looking for, you can easily request it to be delivered to your local branch from any other in the network!
With almost 20 different parks in the Dayton area and such a wide variety, there’s something for everyone. If you love to get out and hit the trails, try Germantown. For the garden-lover, check out Cox Arboretum or the Wegerzyn Gardens once spring has sprung! Take the little ones to Carriage Hill to see how life was in the old days, and let them pick out some old-fashioned penny candy. Last, but certainly not least, drop by the 2nd Street Market downtown to pick up some local goodies. They have everything from fresh produce, meat, baked goods, flowers, and all kinds of artisan crafts. It’s also a great place to get breakfast or lunch and listen to local musicians.
The Rosewood Gallery is part of the City of Kettering’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts. They specialize in visual arts from local, regional and national artists. Admission to the gallery is free, but hours vary by day and by season, so be sure to check their website before visiting.
If enjoy architecture and history, and you have a free afternoon when the weather is nice, try following along this walking tour in Oakwood. This neighborhood was one of the first to be developed in the northern end of town and has some spectacular architectural gems. The Oakwood Historical Society has put together a brochure that is a self-guided walking tour with the history of these homes. They also provide narrated tours from time-to-time, led by members of the society. While you’re in town, be sure to stop into the Wright Memorial Library on Far Hills; it’s lovely!
If the history of flight is more your speed, check out this where the Wright brother’s original shop was located. Run by the National Park Service, this museum tells about the history of the brothers in flight as well as their past and other contributors to Dayton’s past.
How can we talk about free attractions, without mentioning the Air Force museum?! Now with 4 hangers full of artifacts, you could spend an entire day or more trying to take it all in! Coming from an Air Force family, I’ve been here more times than I can count, but there’s always something new every time. While I don’t understand the technical side of how it all works, I’m still in awe at how it does all work!
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