Winter doldrums got you down? Not if you live at First Place! Our prime location in Downtown Dayton offers residents a wide variety of things to do in the winter months. In no particular order, here’s our top 5 winter attractions in the downtown area:
1. Ice skating at Riverscape
Bundle up and lace up your skates! The great folks at Five Rivers Metroparks turn the pavilion at Riverscape into an ice rink during winter months. It’s open to the public through February 28. Bring your kids, or plan a fun date night with your special someone. Broomball leagues are forming, and will begin play on January 7. Even if you’re not playing, you can come down to Riverscape evenings during the week to watch the action. Check out the Ice Rink info on metroparks.org for admission info, hours, and more!
2. Live Performances
The theater scene in Dayton is one of this city’s true hidden gems, and it’s in full swing this winter. The Victoria Theatre Association is bringing in some big name shows this season, including Shrek the Musical (Jan 15-27) and The Intergalactic Nemesis (Feb 1) at the Schuster Performing Arts Center. Check out the newly formed Dayton Performing Arts Alliance‘s Inaugural Season – featuring performances by Dayton Ballet, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, and Dayton Opera.
3. Flyer Basketball
The University of Dayton’s Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams play hard in front of big crowds at UD Arena, just southwest of downtown on Edwin C. Moses Blvd. The 2012-13 UD Women’s Basketball team is ranked among the top 25 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, and the Men’s Basketball team recently won the NIT Championship in 2010. Both teams promise exciting games in a great basketball environment.
4. Experience Downtown Restaurants
Are you ready for a night out on the town? Whatever your culinary taste, there’s a matching restaurant for you – Thai, soul food, local-grown ingredients, Greek, Irish, vegan, sushi, casual fare, fine dining… you name it! Dayton also has a great selection of venues offering specialty drinks – including microbrews, a bourbon bar, and hand crafted cocktails. What’s great about eating downtown is that many of the restaurants and bars are locally owned small businesses. You’re supporting our local economy when you support these businesses!
5. Non-Traditional Workouts
Getting bored with putting in miles on the treadmill? We have a great fitness center, but adding a little variety to your workout is good for your mind and body. Check out Urban Krag, located in the heart of the Oregon Historic District. It’s an indoor rock climbing facility inside a historic church! If it’s your first time climbing, you’ll need to take a safety course – check out Urban Krag’s website for info on safety, equipment, and fees.
Do you have a favorite winter attraction downtown? Let us know what we missed in the comments!