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13 places to eat, shop and explore in Tipp City

Published: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Tipp City has a charming downtown with plenty of places to eat, shop and explore. PHOTO / Stephanie Coates
Tipp City has a charming downtown with plenty of places to eat, shop and explore. PHOTO / Stephanie Coates

A short, twenty minute drive from Dayton is the canal town of Tipp City. Founded in 1840, it is also nicknamed Tippecanoe, the city was a hub for railway, aviation, and water travel. 

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These days, it boasts a variety of buildings on the National Register of Historical Places, plenty of locally owned shops and galleries, and some unique dining options. You can see Ohio’s oldest opera house or take the perfect photo at the mural on the Gem City Ice Cream Co. Building, which used to be the site of the Wright Brothers first cycle shop. Tipp City, with its flower-lined streets and brightly colored storefronts, is all about preserving the rich history of our area. 

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Tipp City's downtown is worth visiting. PHOTO / Stephanie Coates

So, if you’re looking for local charm, this Main Street has everything you need for an afternoon stroll. 

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  • Mum Festival, on Third St.: Complete with a parade down Main and an antique car show, this festival honors the chrysanthemum and crowns a queen every year. Held Sept. 22-24, 2017. 
  • Tipp Roller Mill, 225 E. Main St.: Catch live music every Thursday in this historic grist mill. May through December only.

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Iron Dog Salvage & Antiques in downtown Tipp City. PHOTO / Stephanie Coates
  • Iron Dog Salvage and Antiques, 14 E. Main St.: Explore two floors of hardware, handmade decor, and antique treasures. 
  • The Golden Leaf Tea & Herb, 128 E. Main St.: Sip a cup of delicious tea with your friends, or buy in bulk. 
  • Browse Awhile Books, 118 E. Main St.: Check out their selection of books, and be sure to ask about the building’s haunted history. 
  • Cairns Toys, 31 E. Main St.: Indulge your inner child at one of area’s last specialty toy shops. 
  • Bodega Wine & Specialty Foods, 128 E. Main St.: Because wine and cheese, of course.

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Grounds for Pleasure Coffeehouse in downtown Tipp City. PHOTO / Stephanie Coates
  • Coldwater Cafe, 19 E. Main St.: A finer dining spot with European flair -- try the lobster crabcakes! 
  • Sam & Ethel’s, 120 E. Main St.: Friendly, retro diner vibes and more burger specialties than you could dream of. 
  • Grounds for Pleasure Coffeehouse, 115 E. Main St.: A full-service coffee shop with plenty of seating for a mid-adventure break. 
  • Sweet by Kristy, 29 E. Main St.: Follow the smells of chocolate, pastries, and hand-dipped ice cream. Try the Fluffernutter cupcake and take blueberry muffin top ice cream to go!

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Charleston Falls Preserve in Tipp City has 169 acres of walking trails along the falls and through caves, prairies and groves. PHOTO / Stephanie Coates
  • The Clothesline, 22 N. Second St.: One of the best resale thrift shops that gives back to many local charities 
  • Charleston Falls, 2535 Ross Rd.: 169 acres of walking trails along the falls and through caves, prairies, and groves. 

Know of any great spots in Tipp City that we missed? Tell us about it! Email

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Brown Street restaurant to launch late-night grub window THIS WEEK

Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 1:30 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Butter Cafe has been a popular spot since opening on Brown Street near UD in 2010.

Late night near the University of Dayton is going to be decidedly more delicious in a matter of days. 

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Butter Cafe, the popular breakfast and lunch spot at 1106 Brown St., will launch its late night walk-up window Friday, March 30.  

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The window will serve a limited menu 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 

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If all goes as planned, late nights near the University of Dayton are about to get far more delicious. 

Butter Cafe, the popular breakfast and lunch spot at 1106 Brown St. in Dayton, plans to begin serving a late-night menu, according to co-owner Sarah Dudley

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“We just feel like it’s a need for late night dining around here,” she said. “There’s not many places that have late night dining.” 

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The restaurant hopes to start selling a limited menu from a side window near its parking lot beginning in the next three weeks or so, Dudley said. 

She said the window will be “jazzed up” for its new purpose. 

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Butter hinted at the window last week on its Facebook page:

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Opened in the former location of Dolcessa gelato shop in 2010, Butter serves a variety of  vegan and vegetarian dishes as well as locally grown, free range eggs, waffles, French toast, pancakes, burgers, salads, baked goods and sandwiches. 

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Initially, the restaurant’s walk-up window will serve a limited menu on weekends from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., Dudley said. 

Items will likely include Butter’s famed potatoes as well as eggs, breakfast sandwiches and pancakes.

“It will be a scaled-down menu,” she said. 

The restaurant employees about 20 people. Dudley said schedules will be reorganized to fill the weekend breakfast needs.  

“I feel like it will be a lot busier when school is in (session),” she said. 

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6 amazing international food markets in Dayton you have to try

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

La Michoacana #5 Mexican Market's Cubana is a real big Sandwich. Video by Amelia Robinson

While major grocers might have select “international” aisles, there are still many niche ingredients that can only be found at specialty markets. 

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Whether you’re coming to Dayton from another part of the world and craving a taste of home, or you just want to venture from your regular menu — the Dayton-area has plenty of international markets ready to explore. 

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These are some great international markets in our area that could inspire your next global cuisine. If we missed one, let us know -- email us at and we’ll add it to the list.

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🌏 Halal International Meat Market

Halal is the Arabic word meaning permissible or lawful in traditional Islamic laws. This Middle Eastern meat market is a great place to start if you’re new to sampling delicious Halal cuisine.

Location: 1009 Wayne Ave., Dayton

Info: 937-222-1702 

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🌏 Al Basha International Foods

This Halal grocery also has a deli featuring hot shwarma sandwiches. 

Location: 1721 Woodman Dr., Dayton

Info: 937-979-4775

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🌏 La Michoacana #5 Mexican Market

La Michoacana is part of a Columbus-based grocery store chain. It’s called a Mexican market, but a cashier said it sells goods and foods popular throughout South America. The diversity of goods is a major selling point for this Dayton gem.

Location: 748 Troy St., Dayton


🌏 Las Penas Mexican Grocery

This grocery store aims to provide “premium, authentic Mexican food” to the Dayton-area. The stores shelves are packed with authentic Mexican cuisine. 

Location: 215 Byers Rd., Miamisburg


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Las Penas Mexican Grocery & Restaurant is a hidden treasure with fantastic tacos. AMELIA ROBINSON/STAFF(AMELIA ROBINSON)

🌏 Pleasing Market

This Korean and Japanese grocery store in Fairborn has a huge selection of ingredients and products to help you make your next Asian meal as authentic as it gets in Dayton. I personally recommend the Ginger Biscuit Snacks.

Location: 1352 Kauffman Ave., Fairborn

Info: 937-878-5501 

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🌏 Wise Choice British Foods Gifts & Candies

This authentic British grocer offers a shopping trip the Queen herself would approve of. In 1997, Wise Choice was opened by a couple from Wales, choosing the name ‘Wise’ as an acronym for (W)hales, (I)reland, (S)cotland & (E)ngland. Today, you can place your Wise Choice order online and have your order shipped to anywhere in the world.

Location: 6171 Brandt Pike, Huber Heights


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Where to eat Easter brunch and dinner in Dayton

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

Cookbook recipes don't always turn out as you'd hope. The original recipe for Eggs Baked in Ham calls for two eggs, but you can see how the ham cup fell apart with the additional egg. Better to use just one. [SCOTT KEELER, Times]  **Mark for release Tuesday, April 7, 2009**  .St. Petersburg Times photo by Scott Keeler
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Cookbook recipes don't always turn out as you'd hope. The original recipe for Eggs Baked in Ham calls for two eggs, but you can see how the ham cup fell apart with the additional egg. Better to use just one. [SCOTT KEELER, Times] **Mark for release Tuesday, April 7, 2009** .St. Petersburg Times photo by Scott Keeler(Keeler, Scott/St Petersburg Times)

Santa Claus doesn’t hold a candle to the Easter Bunny when it comes to brunch. 

What better way to get excited for Easter than to think of all the delicious springtime meals you’ll be having soon? 

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We’ll continue to update this guide of all Dayton-area Easter food events as the day gets closer. If you know of any we missed, send us the info at and we’ll be sure to add it to the list. 

PRO TIP: Most of these places require reservations, so make sure you call ahead.

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🐰 The Wright Place’s Chef-Driven Easter Brunch

Executive Chef Justin White will host an extravagant, farm-driven Easter Brunch at his popular flight-inspired restaurant, The Wright Place, located inside the Holiday Inn Dayton in Fairborn. The occasion includes a special visit and free photo with the Easter Bunny, who will have plastic Easter eggs for children to decorate. For adults, freshly-made Mimosas as well as a Bloody Mary Cart will be available. The menu includes a made-to-order omelet station, leg of lamb, stuffed Sole with lobster sauce, carved prime rib with horseradish sauce, carved bourbon honey glazed ham, a shrimp and smoked salmon display, fresh fruit and hand-made desserts.

WHEN: 2 seating times, 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. Sunday, April 1
WHERE: The Wright Place inside Holiday Inn, 2800 Presidential Drive, Fairborn

INFO & RESERVATIONS: 937-426-7800

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🐰 Easter Dinner at Roost

Roost Events in Kettering is pulling out all the stops for their Easter brunch buffet. The price is $32 for adults and $15 for children ages 5-10. Aside from cocktails and mocktails, a few of the mouthwatering options include eggs benedict “Bruschetta”, rosemary roasted top round of beef, Belgian waffles and much more.

WHEN: 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sunday, April 1

WHERE: Roost Events, 580 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

INFO: 937-949-3048

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🐰 Bob Evans Easter Farmhouse Feast

With this one, you can have the best of both worlds: ameal at home without the hassle. Bob Evans’ Easter Farmhouse Feast offers a fully cooked, heat-and-serve homestyle meal that serves up to 10 people for $109.99. 

“At Bob Evans, we understand the importance and special meaning of sharing a meal with friends and family on Easter,” Saed Mohseni, president and CEO of Bob Evans Restaurants, said in a news release. “Guests can order the feast at any Bob Evans Restaurant or online at and schedule their own pick-up date now through March 31. The meals are packed fresh, but quantities are limited, so ordering early is highly recommended.” 

INFO: Call your local Bob Evans location or visit

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🐰 Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse Easter Brunch 

For a finer fare this Easter Sunday, you and your family can enjoy your choice of Lobster Bisque, Modern Caesar or Housemade Burrata Salad followed by a mouthwatering entrée selection that includes Fleming’s Signature Eggs Benedict, Cinnamon Apple Brioche French Toast or Ora King Salmon Cobb Salad. 

All entrées are accompanied by Lyonnaise potatoes with caramelized onions and chopped parsley as well as pan-seared asparagus with blistered grape tomatoes. Dessert will be served following dinner. The brunch menu starts at $47.

WHEN: Sunday, April 1
WHERE: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, 4432 Walnut St., Dayton
INFO: Facebook | 937-320-9548

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🐰 The Caroline Easter Brunch

Join The Caroline for Easter Brunch, featuring a buffet for kids and adults alike. Cost is $26 for adults, $13 for children under 12, and kids under 5 eat free. The buffet will feature a variety of brunch foods like scrambled eggs, home fries, sausage gravy and biscuits, bacon, French toast and waffles with bananas foster. There will be a carving station, grilled chicken breast, grilled salmon, and much more. Assorted desserts are available, too.

WHEN: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, April 1

WHERE: The Caroline, 5 S. Market St., Troy

INFO: Call 937-552-7676 for reservations | Website

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🐰 The Golden Lamb

This historic, nationally-renowned restaurant is hosting a special Easter menu, including delicious drinks like Bumbleberry Soda and Maple Peach Spritzer. Appetizers include Golden Lamb sauerkraut balls, house cured smoked salmon bruschetta and house-made family style relish platter. Entrees include Ohio-raised fried chicken, maple dijon-glazed ham, carved beef tenderloin, braised Pennsylvania lamb shank and more. There will also be children’s options and a selection of gelato. See the full menu here. Prices vary depending on item.

WHEN: 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 1

WHERE: The Golden Lamb, 27 S. Broadway, Lebanon

INFO: 513-932-5065 | Website

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🐰 Mills Park Hotel — Ellie’s Restaurant Easter Brunch

Celebrate this special holiday with Ellie’s. This restaurant inside the Mills Park Hotel will be serving raspberry almond pancakes, smoked ham benedict and special bakery delights in addition to their regular brunch menu. Reservations suggested for restaurant seating.

WHEN: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, April 1

WHERE: Ellie’s Restaurant, 321 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs

INFO: 937-319-0402 | Website

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🐰 Basil’s on Market Easter Buffet Brunch

This Easter brunch special will feature all the usual brunch favorites, along with many other delicious delicacies for $25.95 per person. That price includes your (nonalcoholic) drink of choice. Event is reservation only, so make sure to call and reserve your spot.

WHEN: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, April 1

WHERE: Basil’s on Market, 312 N. Patterson Blvd., Dayton;  18 N. Market St., Troy

INFO: 937-818-4390 (Dayton) or (937) 875-2068 (Troy) | Dayton Facebook event  | Troy Facebook event

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🐰 View 162 Restaurant & Lounge Easter Brunch Buffet

You certainly can’t beat the view of Dayton. This restaurant in Crowne Plaza Dayton is hosting an Easter brunch buffet that includes a breakfast station with pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes and a create-your-own-omelet setup; a carving station with pineapple honey-glazed pit ham, a soup and salad bar, several entrees (including baked chicken, broiled salmon, roasted pork loin and penne pasta), herb-roasted fingerling potato, spanish rice and grilled asparagus, and a dessert station. Cost is $28.95 per person. Kids ages 12 and under are $14.95. Seniors will receive a 10 percent discount. 

WHEN: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, April 1

WHERE: View 162 Restaurant and Lounge at Crowne Plaza Dayton, 33 E. 5th St., Dayton

INFO: 937-229-9853

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🐰 Easter Sunday Brunch & Fried Chicken Dinner at Lily’s Bistro

Join Lily’s for brunch and then chicken dinner. All your favorite brunch items will be there, along with their family-style free range fried chicken dinner. Reservations encouraged.

WHEN: Brunch from 10 a.m.-3 pm. and chicken dinner from 5-9 p.m., Sunday, April 1

WHERE: Lily’s  Bistro, 329 E. 5th St., Dayton

INFO: 937-723-7637

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🐰 El Meson Easter Brunch

Join El Meson for an Easter Brunch featuring all kinds of dishes, like steak encebollado (beef filet with tomatoes, onions, and chimichurri sauce), Caribbean rum glazed ham, seafood zarzuela with orecchiette pasta, egg and cheese omelet, grits and chorizo, Mexican red rice, saffron rice, Latin stir-fry veggies, manchego scalloped potatoes, garbanzos with spinach, assorted salads, fresh fruit salpicon, Jamaican jerk slaw, assorted crusty breads, coffee cakes and sweet breads. There’s also a kid’s buffet with a burrito bar. Cost is $29 for adults, $14 for children ages $12 and under, and free for children ages 6 and under. Bar opens at 11 a.m. Tax and tip will be added. Reservations can be made by calling 937-859-8229.

WHEN: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, April 1

WHERE: El Meson, 903 E. Dixie Dr., West Carrollton

INFO: 937-859-8229 | Facebook event

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🐰 Easter Brunch or Dinner at Carvers

Plated brunch will be served from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and the dinner menu will be served all day. The three-course Easter brunch is $35 and includes one choice from each course. Soup or Salad course: lobster bisque, spinach salad with honey mustard, romaine salad with balsamic vinaigrette, classic Caesar salad. Entree course: Prime Rib Eggs Benedict, Tenderloin Skillet, Honey BBQ Salmon, Carver’s Steak & Eggs. Dessert Course: Blackberry Chocolate Mousse or Carrot Cake. See the full menu here.

WHEN: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, April 1

WHERE: Carvers Steaks & Chops, 1535 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Dayton

INFO: 937-433-7099

🐰Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern

Rusty Bucket is having an Easter brunch perfect for any late risers. Guests can enjoy their favorites from the Bucket’s weekend brunch menu including Chicken and waffles, Braised Short Rib Hash, Bucket Biscuits and Gravy, Triple Decker Breakfast Sandwich and more. As always, the lunch menu will also be available. 

WHEN: 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sunday, April 1

WHERE: Rust Bucket Restaurant, 2812 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd., Dayton

INFO: Facebook | reservations

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10 ideas for spring-break fun close to home

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

A young girl gardens at the Children's Discovery Garden at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark. From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on April 23 the garden will host a Daffodil Price and Tulip Princess Tea Party.
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A young girl gardens at the Children's Discovery Garden at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark. From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on April 23 the garden will host a Daffodil Price and Tulip Princess Tea Party.(Contributed photo)

It’s spring break season! The kids are rejoicing (or will be soon). The parents, maybe not so much. 

If you’re enjoying a little sunshine in Florida right now, we’re jealous. 

If instead you’ve opted for that staycation, here are 10 ideas for some fun kid-friendly excursions close to home while school is out. 

We promise these activities will offer fun, get the kids out of the house and maybe cut down the bickering just a little bit. Some are just for fun and others blend fun and education.

Happy spring break!

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Audri Lewis, left and Addison Lucas look for birds in the Meadwestvaco Treehouse area Boonschoft Museum of Discovery. JIM WITMER / STAFF(Jim Witmer)


The fun: An indoor mini-zoo complete with entertaining river otters, meerkats, a bobcat and more; space and astronomy exhibits and a space theater; an interactive color wall perfect for dancing; water tables; climbing tower and slide; tidal pool for interacting with sea critters; a treehouse perfect for bird-watching; pretend play stations and a play space just for children 4 and younger. 

Location: 2600 DeWeese Parkway, Dayton 

Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (special exhibits 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Sunday noon-5 p.m. Closed on major holidays, including Easter. 

Prices: Children (3-17) $11.50, seniors (60+) $12.50, adults $14.50. Children under 3 and members are free. 

 Info: Website or Facebook

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Electric go-carts zip around the track at Scene75, a perfect destination for indoor family fun. TY GREENLEES/STAFF(Contributing Writer)

2. SCENE 75

The fun: More than 140 arcade games, an inflatable play area complete with a 36-foot-high slide, mini-bowling, laser tag, indoor go-karts, spinning bumper cars, virtual reality arcade and black light mini golf. 

Location: 6196 Poe Ave., Vandalia. 

Info: 937-619-3200 

Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Closed to the public Mondays and Tuesdays.  

Prices: No admission charge. Priced per attraction. Preload gaming cards and swipe at each attraction. Attraction prices range from $2-$12 per person and arcade games range from $0.25 to $3 per game.  

Info: Website or Facebook

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A museum visitor enjoying the F-4D Phantom II Sit-in Cockpit in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)


The fun: It’s no secret Dayton has a rich history in flight and aviation. And most kids are amazed by planes. Visit the Air Force Museum to see some impressive aircraft or check out flight simulators or 3D films. The National Museum of the United States Air Force features more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles along with thousands of historical items and powerful sensory exhibits that bring history to life and connect the Wright brothers' legacy with today's technology.  

Location: 1100 Spaatz St., Wright-Patterson AFB 

Hours: Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Christmas Day, Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. 

Prices: Free admission and parking 

Info: Website or Facebook

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Aullwood Farm was the place to be on Saturday, May 13, 2017, for the annual Farm Babies Fest. Visitors had the chance to ooh and aah over baby animals, plus get a taste for life on the farm at this annual event at 9101 Frederick Pike, Dayton.


The fun: Step back in time when you visit an 1880s barn with draft horses, cattle, sheep, goats and hogs. Surrounding pastures are home to cattle, sheep, goats and donkeys. See chickens in portable pens spring through fall. Outlying buildings and paddocks house turkeys, more chickens and an educational garden. Best for a warmer day. Aullwood consists of two major locations, Aullwood Nature Center and Aullwood Farm, connected by six miles of walking trails running through a 200-acre nature sanctuary. You can begin your visit at either site, then enjoy a scenic walk in the Nature Sanctuary along trails leading to the other location or take a quick car ride instead. Your payment at either location pays your admission to both. 

Location: The Nature Center is located at 1000 Aullwood Road, Dayton. The Farm is located at 9101 Frederick Pike in Dayton.

Hours: Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Closed most holidays. 

Prices: Admission is $7 for adults (12 and over), $5 for children 3-11 and free for children under age 2. Members of Friends of Aullwood and National Audubon Society receive free admission with membership card. 

Info: Website or Facebook 

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Brukner Nature Center: This place is a thrill for outdoorsy types. There is a combination of wildlife, Ohio history and trails for hiking, which makes this a great place to go exploring. Check out their events and programs – Bird Hikes and Family Discovery Days are held every month!(Jessica Herndon)



The fun: Brukner Nature Center operates the largest licensed wildlife rehabilitation unit in the Miami Valley. It also doubles as a great family-friendly destination to experience nature. Go take a nature walk with your family on easy-to-navigate trails that span 6 miles. Visit some 50 animals from birds, to owls to possums that can no longer survive in the wild housed in indoor and outdoor exhibits. Go birdwatching in a tree-top vista accessible from the interpretive building. Don’t miss the historical 1804 log house.  

Location: 5995 Horseshoe Bend Road, just outside of Troy  

Hours: The interpretive building is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 12:30-5 p.m. Trails are open from sunrise to sunset.  

Prices: $2.50 per person or $10 per family (parents and children under 18) for admission to the interpretive building. Cash or check only. Sunday admission is free. Admission free for BNC members.  

Info: Website or Facebook 

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A 36-foot-diameter Carousel of Innovation is the centerpiece Carillon Historical Park's new Heritage Center of Manufacturing and Entrepreneurship.



The fun: At Carillon, learning is fun. Learn about Dayton’s role in history by strolling through the park’s 25 historical buildings and interacting with the hundreds of artifacts in the exhibits. See the original 1905 Wright Flyer III, the world’s first practical airplane, built by Wilbur and Orville Wright. Visit Dayton’s oldest building from 1796, Newcom’s Tavern. See the largest carillon in Ohio. Take a ride on the carousel of Dayton innovations or see some of Dayton’s innovators come to life in an interactive theater presentation (sort of like the Hall of Presidents at Disney). Hungry? Stop by the 1940s-style diner Culp’s Café (which opens for the season April 1). 

Location: 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton 

Hours: Monday to Saturday: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday: noon-5 p.m. 

Prices: $8 per adult (ages 18-59), $7 per senior, $5 per child (3 –17). Children under 3 and Dayton History members free. Carousel is $1 per ride for every person who rides.  

Info: Website or Facebook 

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Peek under a mushroom cap to see beautiful designs. Photo courtesy of the Dayton Art Institute



The fun: The museum’s interactive Lange Family Experiencenter is the perfect spot for the younger set to experience art. Find creative play stations including a puppet theater and problem-solving activities. Create your own work of art on easels. While you’re there, don’t miss a major work of art created with jelly beans. After you experience the Experiencecenter, stroll through the museum’s permanent collection. 

Location: 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton 

Hours: Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday: noon – 5 p.m. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and on major holidays. Leo Bistro restaurant is temporarily closed.

Prices: Suggested general admission to The Dayton Art Institute's permanent collection:  

- Adults: $8 

- Seniors (60+), Active Military & Groups: $5 

- College Students (18+ with ID): Free 

- Youth & Children (17 and under): Free 

- Members: Free 

- Some special exhibits carry a separate admission charge. 

Info: Website or Facebook 


At Children's Discovery Garden at Wegerzyn Garden Center, kids can play in sand and water, pick up a watering can and water the plants, and make music on drums and pipes and xylophones.(Contributed photo)


The fun: On a warm, sunny day, Wegerzyn Gardens Metropark is a must-see. This child-friendly place to discover and experience gardening offers nature play for kids. Explore the sensory garden. Navigate a musical maze, water plants using an old-fashioned pump, build a home for gnomes and fairies, crawl through a cave and find fossils or design your own garden.  

Location: 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton  

Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Hours will extend April 1 through summer to 10 p.m.. This activity is weather contingent, so it’s best to call ahead at 937-277-6545 to confirm the Children’s Discovery Garden is open. 

Prices: Free admission 

Info: Website or Facebook 

>> The best spring hikes in Dayton

Rylee Sallee gets a brain freeze while having ice cream at Young's Jersey Dairy. Staff photo by Marshall Gorby



The fun: ICE CREAM! Oh, and there’s also a petting zoo with goats, cows and more, an 18-hole farm-themed mini-golf course, driving range, batting cages, three-lane slide. Did we mention the delicious homemade ice cream?? This destination is also best-suited for a warm day for maximum spring fun. 

Location: 6880 Springfield-Xenia Road, Yellow Springs 

Hours: Hours vary by attraction and seasonally. Click here for more info. 

Prices: No admission fee, but costs per activity. Wristband deals are available at The Dairy Store, Young’s Farmstead Cheese Marketplace, Udders & Putters or The Golden Jersey Inn. 

Info: Website or Facebook

>> 5 things to do in Yellow Springs 

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The fun: No better way than to bounce off some energy than this place. Bounce and flip on trampolines. Soar into a cushy foam pit or play a friendly game of dodgeball. 

Location: 976 Senate Drive, Washington Twp. 

Hours: Hours vary. Hourly capacity is limited to a specific number of jumpers, so to guarantee a jump time, buy your tickets online and fill out waiver. Special socks required. 

Prices (include sky socks): 

- 30-minute jump: $13 

- 60-minute jump: $17 

- 90-minute jump: $21 

- 120-minute jump: $24 

Info: Website or Facebook

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