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Indoor Playgrounds

With the weather starting to get cold it’s easy to stay cooped up inside.  Don’t let that happen to you.  There are plenty of things to do, one thing being indoor playground areas.  This could be for adults, kids, or both!  There are many places to go on this list, including Little Gym of Dayton, Scene 75, Run Around Fun Town, EnterTRAINment Junction, and more!  Some of these places cost to go to, but some are free.  Keep moving this winter, don’t let the weather bog you down!

For the whole list with prices and addresses, click here. 

Hawthorn Hill

If you have not yet been here you should plan a visit!  This was the original home of the Wright family and has welcomed many other luminaries including Charles Lindbergh, Henry Ford, and Thomas Edison.  The tour of both will begin at Carillon Historical Park in Dayton then bring you to Hawthorn Hill in Oakwood via shuttle van.  There is much history to see between these two places!

Carillon Historical ParkHawthorn Hill 

Best Trails for Our Hiking Adventures

The weather is getting perfect for outdoor activities!  One of my favorite things are outdoor trails!  There are great trails to hike, bike, walk, picnicking, or just study nature all around us.  Some of the top trails in this area are:


Huffman Metropark: located at 4439 Lower Valley Pike, Dayton

Eastwood Metropark: located at 1385 Harshman Road, Dayton

Taylorsville Metropark: located at 2000 State Route 40, Vandalia

Deeds Point Metropark: located at 510 Webster Street, Dayton

Island Metropark: located at 101 E. Helena Street, Dayton

Twin Creek Metropark: located at 9688 Eby Road, Germantown

Sugarcreek Metropark: located at 4178 Conference Road, Bellbrook

John Bryan State Park: located at 3790 State Route 370, Yellow Springs

Great Miami River Trail: located at 901 Dye Mill Road, Troy

Charleston Falls Preserve: located at 2535 Ross Road, Tipp City

Iron Horse Trail: located at 6161 Millshire Drive, Centerville

Riverscape Metropark: located at 11 East Monument Avenue, Dayton

I LOVE Basil’s

Basil’s On Market – originally a Troy, Ohio restaurant, expanded into the Downtown Dayton area and has since also added locations in Piqua and Mason. Classified as American Comfort Food – the taste flavors are enriched with all the deliciousness you can enjoy in one seating (and then repeat at another visit soon after!) The Downtown Dayton location is a picturesque setting along the Riverscape area – perfect for a patio table (weather permitting) and don’t forget, during the Dragons Ball Season – a little sound effects from a home run dragon snorting and light spray of water from the river fountains are a BONUS sensation to enjoy!

I LOVE Series was happy to spotlight this gem from our city to share with you…

It is Festival Time in our Area!!

Kicking off the weekend will be the Greek Festival – if you have never attended, you will want to check this out!  Great food and social setting that is in our Grafton Hills Historic District area of town.  HEY – while you are in the area – be sure to check out our listings in Grafton Hills!!  (Harvard Blvd and Belmonte Park)  Greek Festival runs Sept 8 – 10 from 11 AM – 11 PM Fri / Sat and 11 AM – 6 PM on Sunday, at the beautiful Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church located at 500 Belmonte Park North.