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Entertaining guests? Here are some Dayton-specific ideas to enjoy the city


If you have friends and family in town for the holiday weekend, you may be looking for some ways to entertain and show off the Dayton area.

Here are four ideas:

1. Visit a museum: Check out the National Museum of the United States Air Force, 1100 Spaatz St., Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, or the Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, or the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park, which consists of five different sites around Dayton that tell the stories of Wilbur and Orville Wright and Paul Lawrence Dunbar.

2. Attend a festival: The Dayton Holiday Festival kicks off tonight with the Grand Illumination Christmas Tree Lighting followed by the children’s parade at Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton. Woodland Lights in Washington Twp. opens tonight, and attendees can see Countryside Park transformed into a Christmas fairyland.

3. Visit a candy shop: There are plenty of local choices to satisfy your sweet tooth, including multiple locations of Esther Price, and the Golden Turtle Chocolate Factory, 120 S. Broadway, Lebanon. Check out this list of four candy shops in the Dayton area.

4. Visit a MetroPark: Enjoy the outdoors before temperatures drop at one of several parks managed by the Five Rivers MetroParks. There are 19 parks to choose from where you can work off that big Thanksgiving meal with a long hike.


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