Everyone town has them. You know, those “best kept secrets” – the places locals love to go.

To help you find Miami Valley’s “secrets” our staff has put together a list of their top “must see, must do” places for families, individuals, and kids of all ages.

The Greene – http://www.thegreene.com
Located in Beavercreek, Ohio, The Greene is an outdoor shopping center with numerous stores and restaurants; a movie theatre; comedy club; and planned, year-round activities.

Five Rivers MetroParkshttp://www.metroparks.org
There are endless ways to enjoy the outdoors with your family. Five Rivers MetroParks comprises 15,000 acres of protected forests, grasslands, farmlands and wetlands and feature miles and miles of biking, hiking and water trails, plus unique attractions like the Children’s Discovery Gardens and Butterfly House.

The Frazehttp://www.fraze.com
Take in a concert at Southwestern Ohio’s premiere outdoor entertainment venue. This 4,300-seat amphitheater features the Best in Summer Music and more.

The Schuster Centerhttp://www.schustercenter.org
Home to the Dayton Opera and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, this world-class facility features the best in local, national and international performing artists.

2nd St Market – http://www.metroparks.org/Parks/SecondStreetMarket/Home.aspx
Reminiscent of European markets, 2nd Street Market is alive with vendors, people and activity.  Local growers, bakers, culinary specialists, and artisans fill this charming historic freight house with produce, baked goods, wines, chocolates, and more.

Young’s Dairy Farm: http://youngsdairy.com
Enjoy a day of family fun and top it off Young’s homemade ice cream! Explore this working dairy farm and see staff milk cows. Plus, with two miniature golf courses, hardball and softball batting cages, food, a petting corral, and plenty more rides, Young’s is #1 for family fun.

Dayton Art Institutehttp://www.daytonartinstitute.org
In addition to important Oceanic art, Asian art, American fine and decorative art collections, the Dayton Art Institute hosts concerts, family and youth programs, classes, and more. The Experiencenter interactive gallery offers families and young people thematically based exhibitions that stimulate curiosity and creativity.