living in Dayton
As the birthplace of aviation, the sky is the limit when it comes to the endless quality of life and amenities that the Dayton area has to offer. Among the many reasons why the greater Dayton area is your destination are diverse neighborhoods, great school systems, superior health care and a host of leisure activities.
Dayton has continually been listed in the top 10 most affordable cities according to Forbes Magazine and is not lacking for a vibrant culture and activities, no matter what stage of life you are in.
Situated at the “Crossroads of America,” Dayton is well linked to Ohio’s highway network (10th largest in the country). Its prime location offers accessibility to jobs, recreation, shopping, and other necessities for daily living.
Whether you’re making a major shopping trip, enjoying a quiet dinner for two at a cozy restaurant, taking the family on a picnic in the park or taking in one of the area attractions, you’re sure to find what you are looking for – and it will likely be nearby.
arts and museums
Dayton boasts culturally rich museums and visual art centers – The Dayton Art Institute and the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery to name two- and the Schuster Performing Arts Center hosts performances, exhibits, and events from first class world touring groups and popular community organizations such as the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dayton Opera and the Dayton Ballet.
The United States Air Force Museum - the oldest and largest military and aviation museum in the country- features a fascinating collection of both modern and old-fashioned flight apparatus.
The history of Dayton is also alive throughout the region thanks to the many locations operated by Dayton History. Consisting of six locations including Carillon Historical Park, the Archive Center, Hawthorn Hill, Patterson Homestead, Old Court House, and Memorial Hall, Daytonians and visitors alike can enjoy learning about the rich history that has made Dayton what it is today.
If you love baseball, then you will love the Dayton Dragons. The Dragons are Dayton’s minor league baseball team and an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. The Dragon’s play at Fifth-Third field in the heart of downtown Dayton and hold the record for the most consecutive sell-outs in all of sports.
Dayton is also home to many college sports including the University of Dayton men’s basketball team. Each year the NCAA holds the First Four of March Madness in the University of Dayton basketball arena.
If you love to hike or to just sit and enjoy a picnic in the park then Dayton is the place for you. Five Rivers Metro Parks boasts 19 parks throughout the Dayton region featuring something for everyone. From bike trails and fishing to children’s gardens and waterfalls the Metro Parks are the perfect places to enjoy the beautiful scenery that Dayton has to offer!
Dayton is not a place with a shortage of great restaurants to enjoy. From the hole-in-the-wall to the swankiest locations you are sure to find something you will enjoy in the Dayton food scene! Check out some of the great restaurants in Dayton.
Dayton is home to a variety of shopping options. From major malls with all of your favorite stores to many local vendors throughout our cities, you are sure to find what you are looking for. Our major shopping areas include:
Also located just minutes from the hospital is 2nd Street Market. Visit the European-style market for access to local vendors, growers, bakers and restaurants. It is a great place to grab lunch, shop local produce and pick up a unique and locally made gift for a friend!