Riverscape Dayton  Sunflowers in Yellow Springs

When you come to visit the Halfpap's you might wonder what there is to do here.

1. About 24 minutes north of us is Glen Helen Nature Preserve. This is right by John Bryan State Park and Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve. It is a place where our girls love to go hiking with friends, and take the puppy. It is just outside the town of Yellow Springs which we love to wander around. They have the most unique shops with handcrafted items, also the most awesome pizza at HaHa Pizza’s (108 Xenia Ave. 937-767-2131).
You can finish out the day by driving a little farther up the road to Young’s Jersey Dairy for some of the best ice-cream ever! They also have miniature golf if that is your thing, or hayrides, or just feed cute little goats. The sunflower picture above was taken just down the road.

2. About 25 minutes east you can find Clifton Mill. This historic place had its first mill built in 1802. It is a wonderful attraction at Christmas time when it is lit up with lights, has miniture villages, trains and Santa. There is also a covered bridge to walk across the Little Miami River. Click here to see a gallery of pictures taken there.

3. About 20 minutes west of us is Sunwatch Indian Village. It is an archaeological dig site of an 800-year-old American Indian village. Click here to see a gallery of pictures of Sunwatch. Click here to see a gallery of the 2014 Pow Wow.

About 10 minutes east from there is Carillon Park which will bring you to more of the Pioneer history of the Dayton area, and the Wright Brothers. They also have a nice restaurant to have lunch.

Then about 10 minutes north will take you to Riverscape, which is on the Great Miami River and has the most wonderful parkway where you can stroll and see the fountains. The link will take you to the Five Rivers MetroParks website which is full of different places and things to do in the Miami Valley area. That includes the 2nd Street Market which is open year-round.

Of course there is always the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB.

Just up the road in Beavercreek is the Wartinger Historical Park. This park is the location where local historical structures were moved and preserved. Click here to see a gallery of photos taken at the 2014 Heritage Day event there.