Things To Do In Dayton

Mini Golf, Ice Cream, and Soda for Two or Four at Indian Trails Miniature Golf (Up to 55% Off)

Indian Trails Miniature Golf

Kettering

$22 $10

Peaceful mini-golf facility with two 18-hole courses snaking past creeks, waterfalls, and natural foliage

$6 for One Ticket to the Dayton Flyers Football Season Opener at Welcome Stadium on September 6 (Up to $12 Value)

Dayton Flyers Football vs. Georgetown University Hoyas Football

Welcome Stadium

$12 $6

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After a solid 2013 campaign, the Flyers charge into a new season behind a talented group of returning starters

Six Weekly Beginners' Group Tennis Lessons on Tuesdays, Fridays, or Saturdays at KTC Quail Tennis Club (64% Off)

KTC Quail Tennis Club

Multiple Locations

$69 $29

Pro tennis coaches from around the world impart basics through drills and friendly matchups during one-hour lessons

Haunted-History Walking Tour for Two or Four with Ghost-Hunting Equipment from Spirit Expeditions (50% Off)

Spirit Expeditions

University Park

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

$29 for Two Private Lessons, One Group Lesson, and One Party for One or Two at Always Ballroom Dance Studio ($250 Value)

Always Ballroom Dance Studio

Dayton

$250 $29

Instructors lead pairs or singles in 21 styles, including salsa, polka, the country two-step, the mambo, and tango; themed practice party

$45 for a Level 1 Improv or Comedy Sketch-Writing Class at The Black Box Improv Theater ($100 Value)

The Black Box Improv Theater

Dayton

$100 $45

Weekly three-hour classes teach comedy newcomers the basics of sketch writing or improv

Four or Eight Swing-Dance Classes for One or Four Swing-Dance Classes for Two at SwingOutDayton (Up to 53% Off)

SwingOutDayton

Elegance in Dance Studio

$32 $16

Instructors lead students through basic steps, partner dance techniques, and combinations during weekly classes

$4 for $7 Worth of Sports-Bar Food — Sidelines

Sidelines Grill

Dayton

$7 $4

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The Dayton Jazz & Soul Festival at Montgomery County Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 12, at 3 p.m. (Up to 40% Off)

The Dayton Jazz & Soul Festival

Montgomery County Fairgrounds

$30 $18

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Jazz, soul, funk, and synth come together thanks to veteran bands from the '60s and up-and-comers seen on The Voice

Tennis Lessons or Membership at Dayton Center Courts and Tennis Academy (Up to 50% Off). Five Options Available.

Dayton Center Courts and Tennis Academy

Dayton Center Courts

$128 $64

Ten indoor courts and four outdoor clay courts; lessons, clinic, and leagues; junior program for kids as young as 4

$35 for $70 Groupon — Elite Force Personal Fitness

Elite Force Personal Fitness

Huber Heights

$70 $35

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$15 for $30 Groupon — The Personal Trainers

Anastasio Personal Training

Washington

$30 $15

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10 Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Avenues to Wellness (Up to 51% Off)

Avenues to Wellness

Centerville

$120 $59

Students move through stretches and breath-control exercises in stress-relieving yoga classes

20 CrossFit Group Workout Classes from CrossFit Punish & Reward (72% Off)

Crossfit Punish & Reward

Dayton

$250 $70

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Jackie Kashian at Wiley's Comedy Niteclub on Friday, August 8, at 8 p.m. (Up to 29% Off)

Jackie Kashian

Wiley's Comedy Niteclub

$17 $12

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Star of the long-running podcast The Dork Forest shows droll wit and wry observations in her whip-smart standup act

Roller-Skating Outing for Two or Four at Skateworld of Kettering (Up to 69% Off)

Skateworld of Kettering

Kettering

$81 $25

Families glide across the rink to Radio Disney, Top 40 hits, or disco during themed skating sessions

$19 for One Year of Online Guitar Lessons from Center Stage Guitar Academy ($108 Value)

Center Stage Guitar Academy

Online Deal

$108 $19

Bryan Billhimer leads lessons organized by skill level, covering technique and song learning in high-quality videos shot from many angles

One Month of Art Classes for Grades K–2 or 3–6, or Teens and Adults at K12 Gallery for Young People (51% Off)

K12 Gallery for Young People

Midtown Dayton

$100 $49

Students work on the same art project every Saturday for a month; projects may include sculpture, painting, and jewelry-making

$5 for a One-Month Online Guitar-Lesson Membership from JamPlay, LLC ($19.95 Value)

JamPlay, LLC

Online Deal

$19.95 $5

Burgeoning rock stars learn to play guitar in the comfort of their own home by using JamPlay, LLC's library of online videos

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Wendy Streib began dancing when she was just a toddler, and her dedication brought quick success; by age 12, she'd tapped her toes and twirled on television more than 50 times. She wanted to share her passion for dancing with others, and so she opened Accent: Wendy's School of Dance in 1963. Ever since, she and her team of talented instructors have taught ballet, jazz, tap, and other forms of expressive movement on the studio's custom-made dance floors. Although the classes are structured, teachers encourage creativity and strive to provide a supportive, positive environment.

46 Westpark Rd
Dayton,
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The Gallery for Young People offers summer art camps, field trips, and classes for kids and teens, helping them create art using a variety of media. Kids aged 3?5 start out by working with charcoal, paint, pastels, and papier-m?ch?. As students get older, lessons become more challenging, encouraging them to craft mixed-media self portraits and study printmaking. The studio also hosts exhibitions of the children's work to showcase their unique accomplishments.

510 E 3rd St
Dayton,
OH
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On October 5, 1905, years of invention and failure culminated into history as Wilbur Wright took to the sky in a craft that soared through the air for 24 miles. More than a century later, just a few miles from the field over which it first flew, the 1905 Wright Flyer III—now designated a National Historic Landmark—spreads its wings at Carillon Historical Park, inspiring visitors with its tale of innovation, persistence, and progress, and the aptly named "Wilbur Wright: A Life of Consequence" exhibit. Nearby, the park's Heritage Center features the year-round Carousel of Dayton Innovation, which contains 31 figures, a 38-foot hand-painted mural illustrating the turn of events in the Wright Brothers flying exhibits, and rides for $1.

As impressive as they are, the airplane and carousel are only a few of Carillon Historical Park’s myriad attractions. Named for the 151-foot-tall Deeds Carillon, whose 57 bells have been pealing since 1942, the campus spreads across 65 acres. Just south of downtown, 30 historical buildings, including the 28,000 sq.ft. Heritage Center of Dayton Manufacturing and Entrepreneurship, draw visitors into Dayton’s past and share in the park's devotion to history, heritage, and progress. Early settlement structures such as the Newcom Tavern—the oldest building still standing in Dayton—sit alongside other original buildings such as an 1815-era stone cottage. The park also includes replica buildings, such as the Deeds Barn and the Wright Cycle Shop, which recreate the birthplaces of the automobile self-starter and the airplane.

The park’s transportation theme continues with an 1835 B&O steam locomotive and an interactive 1/8 scale railroad available to ride on select days for an extra fee and whose train cars carry passengers more effectively than 1/8 scale feet would. Nearby, the first Chevy S-10 truck minted by GM’s Moraine Plant in 1988 mingles with a fleet of vintage and classic autos. After admiring their hulls, visitors can swing by Culp’s Café—named and modeled after the eatery where widow and mother of six Charlotte Gilbert Culp served pies in the '30s and '40s—and order burgers or soda-fountain creations off a '40s-style menu. Before leaving, guests can peruse Wright brothers paraphernalia and items from the park’s 1930s letterpress printing shop at the museum store or sign up for educational programming that teaches lost arts such as candle dipping and butter churning.

1000 Carillon Blvd
Dayton,
OH
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There's seldom a silent moment at Dayton Center Courts and Tennis Academy. Ten indoor courts and four outdoor clay courts reverberate with the metronomic sound of baseline rallies and shuffling feet. On these courts, players of all abilities?ranging from "casual" to "serious" to "advanced"?take advantage of instructional clinics and lessons or they can join a league to get more match play. Kids as young as 4 begin their path to aces and winners in the junior program, which uses modern training techniques such as custom balls that make it easier for youngsters to learn proper mechanics. Ball machines facilitate independent practice sessions, and a pro shop equips players with new rackets, shoes, and strings, which make air-guitar sessions look more realistic.

4801 Salem Ave.
Dayton,
OH
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With its winding creek, cascading waterfall, and lush vegetation, Indian Trails Miniature Golf would be a peaceful place to spend an afternoon even if it didn't have a single hole of mini-golf. But of course, it has twin 18-hole links that snake along hills and rocky inclines. While navigating the landscape, golfers can cool down in the shade of foliage or listen as birds peck the course's 19th hole into a tree. Off the greens, the clubhouse staff serves up ice cream and hosts birthday parties replete with pizza, popcorn, and custom birthday golf balls.

1601 E David Rd
Dayton,
OH
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Capri Lanes boasts shiny new synthetic Brunswick lanes, Ebonite Vantech Matrix scoring systems, and a bright and cheerful atmosphere with comfortable seating and large flat-screens. The newly renovated bowling alley also features bumpers for youngsters and cosmic bowling for night owls, as well as food and drinks from the onsite restaurant.

2727 S Dixie Dr
Dayton,
OH
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