Situated in the Miami Valley region of Southwest Ohio, Dayton is a mid-sized Midwestern city with a history of innovation surrounded by a diverse metropolitan area of almost a million residents. Home to LexisNexis and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the region is known for its strengths in information technology, aerospace research and development, advanced materials engineering and health and human services.
Last year, Dayton ranked #2 on Livability's list of the Best Affordable Places to Live. “The real bargain that comes from living in Dayton is the high quality of life residents enjoy," according to Livability.com. "Dayton offers a rich assortment of things to do, from outdoor recreation that includes canoeing and ice skating to cultural amenities, like the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center.”
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What We Love About Dayton
The Great Outdoors
More than 35,000 acres of parks, nature preserves and a popular river corridor along the Great Miami River offer outstanding outdoor activities. Greater Dayton has more green space than any other metropolitan area its size. Dayton has been designated a Trail Town by the Buckeye Trail Association and North Country Trail Association. Rural Greene County offers rock climbing in the Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve, camping and hiking in John Bryan State Park and canoeing along the Little Miami River, Ohio’s first stream to be named a National Scenic River.
Dayton offers a rich blend of dance, vocal, theatrical and instrumental arts. The Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center is a world-class facility offering the best in local, national and international performing artists. Dayton Opera and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra call the Schuster Center home, and it showcases the latest Broadway shows. Local performing arts treasures, like the Dayton Ballet, also make use of the facilities. The city’s cultural flavor also includes the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and the Human Race Theatre Company. The beautiful, historical Victoria Theatre is stage for many of these performers, and five other major-event venues also host shows and concerts.
Dayton Dragons Professional Baseball was named one of the Top Ten Hottest Tickets in Sports by Sports Illustrated magazine. With two NCAA Division I schools in town, the Ohio State University Buckeyes in Columbus and the Reds and the Bengals in Cincinnati, the region provides ample opportunities for sports fans. Dayton often hosts major college, high school and amateur sporting events, including games in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Heritage & History
Known as the birthplace of aviation, Dayton is home to the National Museum of the United States Air Force — the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world and Ohio's number one tourist attraction — and one of the country's premier air shows. Held in July each year, the Vectren Dayton Air Show showcases military jet demonstrations, world-class aerobatic champions and entertainment for the whole family. Other points of historical interest include the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center and Carillon Historical Park.
Shopping, Dining & Getting Away
For the past several years, Dayton's 2nd Street Market has been voted the Best Farmer's Market on the Best of Ohio Readers' Ballot from Ohio Magazine. The Miami Valley's largest shopping mall, the Mall at Fairfield Commons, is located near campus. The Greene — a 72-acre town center featuring pedestrian-friendly streets, retail stores, entertainment venues and restaurants — opened in 2006. Unique restaurants and shops are part of Dayton's Oregon District, and several small towns surrounding the city feature gourmet restaurants, eclectic shops and great schools.
Festivals & Fairs
Southwest Ohio boasts an almost endless succession of cultural and ethnic festivals, rib cook-offs and county fairs during the summer months, along with musical offerings ranging from jazz, blues and R&B, to Latin, Celtic and polka. The twice-a-year Yellow Springs Street Fair, with its music festival, ethnic food and beer garden, is a prime spot for people-watching, according to Ohio Magazine. Just down the road from Dayton, the annual Ohio Renaissance Festival in Harveysburg features 12 entertainment stages, more than 100 arts and crafts shops, period food and drink, games of skill and human-powered rides. Learn more about Ohio Festivals.
Getaway Hot Spots
Dayton's prime position near Interstate 70 and Interstate 75 makes it easy to visit the major cities of Cincinnati and Columbus. Water parks, amusement parks, train rides, award-winning zoos, outlet malls, major sporting events and other entertainment activities are within a one-hour drive of Dayton.