There are lots of interesting things to see and do in the greater Tipp City and Dayton area. Here are a few highlights. And here is a great video produced by the folks at the Miami County Visitor's Bureau highlighting some of the sites in Troy, Tipp City, Piqua and the surrounding cities.
Fort Piqua Plaza is a fully rehabilitated historic facility that serves as the heart of activity in Piqua and all of Miami County. First completed in 1891, this historic building now houses the Piqua Public Library, coffee shop, state of the art meeting rooms, a spectacular elegant ballroom and a high end eating establishment. 116 W. High Street, Piqua, OH 45356, 937-773-6753 (Piqua Library), website.
Throughout its more than 55 year history, Hobart Arena has been the location of musical and sports entertainment, unmatched anywhere in the county. In the past, entertainers such as Elvis Presley graced the facility, performing to packed crowds and screaming fans. Today, the arena hosts a number of events each year including basketball tournaments, concerts, trade shows and many other special activities. 255 Adams Street, Troy, 937-339-2911 or (937) 339-5145, website.
This gorgeous mansion, adjacent to the County Courthouse, will take your breath away. Built in 1914 by the widow of William Hayner, former owner of the Hayner Distillery Company, the architectural style is “Norman Romanesque Revival”, but most Americans would call it “Tudor” with it’s wood and adobe exterior, beveled glass, marble fireplaces, ballroom, wood trim and carvings and stained glass. The building itself is truly a work of art. Free Admission. 301 West Main Street, Troy, OH 45371, 937-339-0457, website.
In late spring, the vast fields of Fulton Farms gleam red with the season‘s first strawberries. In the fall, an endless landscape of pumpkins await carving and baking. The largest contiguous farm east of the Mississippi, Fulton Farms specializes in a variety of produce. A farm market allows visitors to shop for fresh fruits and vegetables and other unique gift items. 2393 State Route 202, Troy, OH 45371. 937-335-6983, website.
National Museum of the United States Air Force
Get a sweeping view of Air Force and military aviation progress at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, the largest and oldest museum of its kind in the world. You’ll discover more than 300 aircraft and aerospace vehicles on display, many rare and one-of-a-kind. In addition, you’ll find thousands of historical aviation artifacts, along with powerful sensory exhibits that bring military aviation history to life. 1100 Spaatz Street, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, 45433, 937-255-3286
Dayton Dragons Baseball Team
The Dayton Dragons are a Class A minor league baseball team playing in the Midwest League based in Dayton, Ohio. The Dragons are affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds. Their home stadium is Fifth Third Field. In 2011, they broke the record for most consecutive sellouts by a professional sports team, selling out their 815th consecutive game, breaking the record formerly held by the Portland Trail Blazers. Fifth Third Field, 220 N Patterson Blvd, Dayton, OH 45402, 937-228-2287, website.
Historic WACO Field & Aircraft Museum
Whether the sky was filled with the drone of biplanes or the silent shadow of gliders, this aircraft company figured largely in the history of Troy as it made history in the world. Exhibits include a WACO primary glider, WACO 4 replica, WACO cootie and a WACO UPF-7. 1865 South County Road 25-A, Troy OH 45373, 937-335-WACO (9226), website.
Piqua Historical Area
The Piqua Historical Area celebrates more than 2,000 years of Ohio’s rich heritage, from the days of prehistoric Indians to Ohio’s canal era. This 250-acre site features the restored home and farm of John Johnston — Indian agent, canal commissioner, farmer and statesman — along with scenic rides along a restored mile-long section of the Miami and Erie Canal aboard a replica of a mule-drawn canal boat, the General Harrison of Piqua. The Historic Indian and Canal Museum’s exhibits trace the story of the Eastern Woodland Indians of Ohio and the historic Pickawillany Village. They hold an annual Labor Day weekend Festival. 9845 North Hardin Rd., Piqua, OH 45356, (937) 773-2522, website.
Marion's opened its doors August 19, 1965 when Marion Glass decided to invest all of his life savings to open a pizza place with a unique concept: indoor seating. At the time, other pizza restaurants offered only carryout, but Marion's first location offered a large seating area patterned after an Italian "piazza" or courtyard. Read this great article from Dayton.com on how they got their start. Seven locations; the closest is 1270 Experiment Farm Rod., Troy, OH 45373, 937-339-2000, website.
The Golden Nugget Pancake House (Dayton)
Recently selected as one of the hardest restaurants to get into in Ohio, but don't worry about that. The pancakes are worth the wait! Although it's a Chicago, IL area chain, we're lucky to have one. You can expect a wait on a weekend morning, but their large signature omelets and hearty pancakes make the wait worth it. 2932 S Dixie Dr., Dayton, OH 45409.
Recently selected as one of the hardest restaurants to get into in Ohio, but don't worry about that. This signature fast food joint in Lima has three locations that serve up the city's best burgers, french fires and malts. There's usually always a wait at the drive-thru during lunch or dinner time, so we recommend going inside if you're pressed for time.
There are some interesting shops and stores in the area. Here are a few of note:
Second Time Around
Since 1976, Second Time Around has been Dayton's original Music and Video exchange. We buy and sell thousands of used modern and classic video games, video game consoles and handheld systems, along side CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Rays. 1133 Brown St, Dayton, OH 45409, (937) 228-6399, website.