Known as the birthplace of aviation, the city of Dayton boasts a rich history of innovation, arts and entertainment. Located at the booming intersection of I-75 and I-70, Dayton offers a diverse selection of arts, entertainment, shopping and educational opportunities. In fact, Dayton has 35 universities and adult education facilities and ranks 5th in the nation for doctoral and engineering degrees granted.
Explore the dynamic history of Dayton, the home of Charles F. Kettering, the Wright Brothers, Erma Bombeck and other influential figures from our nation's past. Carillon Park, a destination museum, brings Dayton history alive on its 65-acre park featuring the original 1905 Wright Flyer III, Dayton-made cash registers, vintage automobiles, train cars and bicycles, a 1930s print shop and the largest carillon in Ohio. The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is the world's largest aviation museum and showcases more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles.
Catch a performance at the impressive Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center or the more intimate Victoria Theater. Spend the evening with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Dayton Opera, or Dayton Ballet â€“ just a sampling of the many local performing arts groups. Top musical acts from yesterday and today are on stage each summer at the outdoor Fraze Pavilion. Dayton doesn't just have performance art. View the diverse art collections and special exhibits on display at the Dayton Art Institute.
Get out and enjoy the great outdoors at more than 20 parks that make up the Five Rivers MetroParks. Bird watching, camping, horse trails, fossil collecting and hiking are just a few of the ways to spend the day. If you'd rather be a spectator, check out the Dayton Dragons minor league baseball team, which has record-setting attendance for home games. Dayton also has a minor league soccer team, the Dayton Dutch Lions.
The Dayton-area features shopping and dining options for everyone: charming shops of Oakwood; eclectic offerings of the Oregon Historic District; restaurants and boutiques.
Nearby Beavercreek is the largest city in Greene County and one of the top three largest residential suburbs. Beavercreek is home to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (a large local employer) and the city boasts two golf courses plus the area's newest retail centers at The Greene Town Center and the Mall At Fairfield Commons.
If you choose to leave town for the day, Dayton is a car ride away from attractions and shopping in Columbus and Cincinnati including Kings Island amusement park, Columbus Zoo & Aquarium and the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Dayton International Airport brings you just a 90 minute flight to 60 percent of the U.S. population.
The city of Hamilton is a charming bedroom community located in the northern corner of Cincinnati. The people of Hamilton convey a vision and lifestyle, which encompasses many aspirations and dimensions making it a dynamic city in which to live and work. With all the amenities of a big city, and the warmth of a small town, the area is rich in cultural activities that will appeal to every taste. Additionally, the Greater Cincinnati area has an outstanding educational system, both public and private, with the Hamilton School District named as the number one urban school district in Ohio.
Reflecting the Hamilton community's commitment to the arts is the array of sculptures decorating the downtown. Designated as 'The City of Sculpture," Hamilton is home to a brilliant inventory of art and sculpture. With an accessible range of artistic and cultural treasures, The Fitton Center for Creative Arts provides an assortment of art classes and exhibits for the entire family. For the musically inclined, the Hamilton Fairfield Symphony Orchestra highlights the finest musicians dedicated to preserving live classical music. International guest artists and renowned conductors make the Hamilton Fairfield Symphony Orchestra a special cultural destination. Enjoy art in the outdoors? With its unique outdoor display of more than 30-pieces of sculpture scattered throughout a natural setting, the Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park is proof that Hamilton's historic past and the heavy influence of the arts in the community has made public art readily visible.
Want to broaden your horizons? You will not need to look far. The greater Cincinnati area is a tri-state, 15-county region that offers world-class assets in arts, culture and amusements. No matter who you are or what you enjoy, there is always something going on in Cincinnati. Here you can visit world-renowned museums, experience priceless works of art, enjoy a Broadway show â€“ or a ballet, or an opera, or a symphony â€“ visit exotic animals at the zoo, and cheer on the Cincinnati Reds and the Cincinnati Bengals. If you enjoy more intimate arts and entertainment offerings, you will be pleased to know more than 100 museums and galleries dot the region. In addition to all of this, children and families can enjoy an extensive parks system, the Newport Aquarium, and Kings Island and Coney Island amusement parks to name a few.
All of this combined with a diverse economy, which includes a growing biomedical industry and outstanding airline service, makes for an extraordinary quality of life.
Xenia, Ohio is a charming family friendly community conveniently located 15 miles east of Dayton, Ohio. This midsized city of 25,000 is within a 50 mile radius of both Columbus and Cincinnati. This rural suburbia offers rolling farm lands, tree-lined streets and charming vintage neighborhoods. Known as "The City of Hospitality," Xenia offers its residents the best of small town living with big city amenities. Xenia is also the county seat of Greene County with a draw area of over 150,000. Greene County boasts of beautiful parks, a network of hiking and biking trails that are nationally recognized, modern shopping facilities and excellent school systems.
Greene County truly offers something for everyone from older, established Victorian neighborhoods to newer developments designed to meet the needs of single people, families with children, and empty-nesters.
The surrounding communities of Jamestown, Cedarville and Yellow Springs offer rich history, arts, nature, and fun family activities. Jamestown is home to the Shawnee Lake Community, 250 acres populated with homes of all price ranges. The community amenities include swimming, fishing, skiing, and scenic views of the lake. In Cedarville, public life in 1880s centered on the downtown Cedarville Opera House which survives to the present day and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Yellow Springs has a large, thriving arts community and is surrounded by Glen Helen Nature Preserve, Little Miami Scenic Trail and John Bryan State Park.
Business and industry abound in Greene County with its economic structure being divided between industry, public administration, professional services, retail trade and healthcare. The community's diversified industrial base is a major strength as well as the productivity and reliability of the labor force. This community continues to grow in traditional directions as well as areas of high technology.
Outdoor and recreational enthusiasts will love the local, nationally recognized scenic bike trails, lush golf courses, major college sports, spectacular canoeing, hiking and camping.
Shopping is plentiful too. The Greene, a new upscale outdoor mall, is a 72-acre, $186 million, 1.1 million square-foot town center featuring pedestrian-friendly streetscapes, open-air gathering spaces, fountains and parks for children, plus retail, office and residential space. The Fairfield Commons Mall area offers shopping with numerous national retailers featuring specialty stores, as well as office complexes and restaurants. In addition, most national retailers are represented in nearby Dayton, Ohio.
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, one of the nation's largest bases, is located in Greene County. Nearby is the United States Air Force Museum, the oldest and brightest military aviation museum in the world with more than 300 aircraft exhibits which tell the history of aviation from man's earliest dreams of flight. The museum complex includes an IMAX theatre, a restaurant, gift shop and bookstore.
Education is also a priority in Greene County, serviced by five universities. Wright State has a nationally recognized medical school along with numerous graduate programs; Cedarville is a Christian-based college with a nursing school; Central State is one of the nation's most renowned African-American colleges; Wilberforce is the nation's oldest private African-American college; and Antioch blends practical work experience with classroom learning.