5 Picnic-Worthy Parks in Dayton

Warmer weather is finally here, and it’s the perfect time to enjoy a family meal outdoors! Luckily, Dayton is full of picturesque, picnic-worthy places to enjoy a meal.

Assemble a picnic (or grab some carry out) and head to one (or more) of these 5 Picnic-Worthy Parks in Dayton:


Carillon Historical Park

Carillon Historical Park is a 65-acre open-air history museum that serves as the main campus for Dayton History. Although not your typical picnic in the park, Carillon is sure to bring a new level of excitement and exploration into your family meal. (Bonus: Don’t feel like packing your lunch? Carillon Historical Park has two different options for in-park dining)

Check out our top must-see attractions at Carillon Historical Park.

Eastwood MetroPark

Eastwood MetroPark is a hub of outdoor recreation. This 441-acre MetroPark sits at the confluence of regional water, hiking and biking trails. It offers a range of recreational opportunities in a convenient location and natural setting. Experience a day in nature without having to leave the city!

Related Article: 5 Picnic-Worthy Parks in Cincinnati

Island MetroPark

This popular river front park is an urban oasis conveniently located in downtown Dayton. The 43-acre Island MetroPark is filled with picturesque landscape, a rich cultural heritage, many recreation amenities and opportunities and a waterway that borders both sides of the park.

RiverScape MetroPark

Amid the beautifully landscaped gardens, flowering pots, hanging baskets and reflecting pools, this lively park on the banks of the Great Miami River offers a place for those who live, work and play downtown to connect to nature. RiverScape is a place that not only preserves glimpses of the city’s origins but one that embraces modern innovation and evolves with the needs of the vibrant and connected neighborhoods that surround it.

Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark

Wegerzyn Gardens actively promotes landscaping with native plants in balance with traditional garden selections. Kids will appreciate and interact with the wonders of nature in the Children’s Discovery Garden. Work up your appetite and venture into the woodlands on the Marie Aull Nature Trail or the Swamp Forest Boardwalk or immerse yourself in the botanical richness of the Stillwater River Corridor.

Looking for more than a picnic in the park? Check out other ways to enjoy the summer at your Five Rivers MetroParks

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