Treasure Island Park in Troy for kayaks, canoes, bicycles and walking
2. Smith’s Boathouse Restaurant, 439 N. Elm Street, Troy
Located within Treasure Island Park, Smith’s Boathouse is nestled amongst beautiful elm trees with an elevated patio providing a great dining option along the river. A menu featuring seafood and steaks, as well as other seasonally prepared items, is served in a cozy, family-friendly atmosphere.
3. Carillon Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton
Stop at this 65-acre park and museum just across from the river near the University of Dayton and learn about Dayton’s history as a hub for innovation and invention. Highlights include the Wright Brother’s Wright Flyer III and the timely exhibit dedicated to the Great Flood of 1913 and you can even grab a bite or pint at its ‘50s style diner or brewery.
4. Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park N., Dayton
The Dayton Art Institute sits atop a hill on the edge of the Great Miami River overlooking downtown Dayton. The museum’s landmark building, designed by prominent museum architect Edward B. Green of Buffalo and completed in 1930, was modeled after the Villa d’Este near Rome and the Villa Farnese at Caprarola in Italy, both examples of sixteenth century Italian Renaissance architecture. The museum’s collection spans 5,000 years of art history, including important Oceanic art, Asian art, European art and American fine and decorative art collections. It’s also one of the top 10 best art museums in the U.S. for kids.
5. Rentschler Forest MetroPark, 5701 Reigart Road, Fairfield
This 400-acre park includes large areas of woodland, about a half-mile frontage along the Great Miami River, remnants of the old Miami-Erie Canal, a prehistoric Indian earthwork, a reconstructed wetland, trails, waterfalls and ample opportunities for a wide variety of outdoor recreation activities. Unique to Rentschler is the opportunity for geocaching, which is a family-friendly treasure hunting game for all ages using GPS technology to search for and find a geocache. Geocaches can be containers of various sizes hidden outdoors, ready and waiting to be found and it typically has a log for finders to record their name and date.
See Island MetroPark in its natural beauty from the air.
6. Island MetroPark, Dayton
Just a few miles north of also popular RiverScape is a great place for views and play. Take a walk over the Gayle B. Price Jr. Bridge, an iconic red cable-stayed bikeway bridge spanning the Great Miami that connects Island MetroPark with Triangle Park to link the paved Great Miami River Trail with the Stillwater River Trail. In the summer, bring the kids for some water play – there is a great splash pad.
7. Shawnee Lookout, 2008 Lawrenceburg Road, North Bend
This park’s nature trails offer spectacular views of both the Great Miami River and Ohio River valleys, but Shawnee Lookout also is well known for its historical Springhouse School and Log Cabin, as well as Native American archaeological earthworks. There are nice picnic areas, a playground and boat access to the Great Miami River, and the adjacent Ulmansiek Wildlife Sanctuary provides valuable habitat for a variety of wildlife.