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    Dayton Ohio

    So I'm going to Springfield Ohio for training for 3 days and I fly into Dayton. If I get stuck there over night is there anything interesting to do.
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    No. JUST KIDDING!

    The Wright Patterson Air Force musem is intersting. Is that the kind of things you mean? Or do you mean like bar hopping and stuff. Unfortunately I don't know about that kinda stuff. I'm boring.

    http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/visit/index.asp

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    IKEA!!! (Sorry, suffering IKEA withdrawal here out in the boonies.)

    Um, there's a kind of creepy giant Jesus sculpture (in front of a church) rising out of the ground off of I-75 as you're heading into Dayton. I'm sure it wasn't meant to be creepy but the way it's situated is, well, strange.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaileyCatts View Post
    No. JUST KIDDING!

    The Wright Patterson Air Force musem is intersting. Is that the kind of things you mean? Or do you mean like bar hopping and stuff. Unfortunately I don't know about that kinda stuff. I'm boring.

    http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/visit/index.asp
    I've lived here all my life (a south suburb actually) and I'd have to agree with the first word of your post!! ha ha Actually, I guess it depends on what kind of thing you are looking to do. I'd be interested in seeing anyone else's comments. (Uh, if someone is in training during the day, is the AF museum open in the evening?)

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    oops ... missed that part. Yea, its only open 9a-5p. Sorry. But it is an interesting place to stop if you have daytime hours to kill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LilJen View Post
    IKEA!!! (Sorry, suffering IKEA withdrawal here out in the boonies.)

    Um, there's a kind of creepy giant Jesus sculpture (in front of a church) rising out of the ground off of I-75 as you're heading into Dayton. I'm sure it wasn't meant to be creepy but the way it's situated is, well, strange.

    Big Butter Jesus. Kinda cool, especially when you are just driving along and don't know its there and then see it all of a sudden. Directions at the bottom of article.

    http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/9786


    Have you heard the song?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0OxLXe5YnQ

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    What days will you be there? You can check to see if there are any concerts at the Fraze Pavilion those nights. Its in Kettering, Ohio, so not too far from where you will be. I LOVE Fraze Pavilion for concerts! Its very small and intimate and situated right in the middle of a boulevard. Not a bad seat in the house, not even on the lawn or terrace (bleacher seating). I drive from Cincincinnati to see concerts there versus Riverbend in Cincinnati because the Fraze is such a better venue.

    http://www.fraze.com/

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    What a coincidence, my mom was just in Dayton to visit a friend. I'll have to ask her. Unfortunately I think she flew in, so she might have missed the giant Jesus.

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    If you fly into the Dayton Airport, you won't be anywhere near Ol' Touchdown Jesus.

    The Air Force museum is one big zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz if you ask me. It's a plane. It's another plane. It's a whole lot of planes and then a whole lotta jets. There is a small but interesting Holocaust exhibit, but otherwise, zzzzzzzzzzzzz.

    Where are you staying and are you going to have a rental car? Springfield is about 25 miles from Dayton, so if you are staying in Springfield, you might to look for things to do there instead of Dayton.

    What night might you be stuck and what do you like to do?
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    [QUOTE=BaileyCatts;2752042]Big Butter Jesus. Kinda cool, especially when you are just driving along and don't know its there and then see it all of a sudden. Directions at the bottom of article.

    http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/9786



    Isn't that called Football Jesus or Touchdown Jesus or something like that.



    It's actually rather famous around these parts. (and by these parts, I mean FSU)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norlite View Post
    Isn't that called Football Jesus or Touchdown Jesus or something like that.
    It depends on who you ask. It's also called Drowning Jesus and That #$(*&# Ugly Thing by the Highway.
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    aw, I kinda liked the Air Force museum. I thought it was neat. Maybe it was because I was with my cousin, who was in the Air Force to 20 years, so he loved it and told us every little detail about every little thing there. Kinda had a specialized tour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaileyCatts View Post
    aw, I kinda liked the Air Force museum. I thought it was neat. Maybe it was because I was with my cousin, who was in the Air Force to 20 years, so he loved it and told us every little detail about every little thing there. Kinda had a specialized tour.
    I'm just not into fighter jets. I spent several years at the base working on pilot studies; there's not a lot about cockpits I still yearn to learn.

    My favorite thing there is the IMAX theater.
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    When I went to college there in the '80's, we hung out in the Oregon District. Lots of fun bars & shops. Anyone know if that area is still hopping? Otherwise, I'd just look for some town festivals or special events at one of the universities. Have fun!

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    I think there's an arboretum in between Dayton and Miamisburg. I flew into the Dayton Airport once to get to Miamisburg, but I was going there for work so I didn't have time for sightseeing. However, I remember taking a bunch of those pamphlets from the hotel in case I ever went back there. I remember the taxi driver (a native of Dayton) telling me that I should go to Cincinnati if I ever came back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KCC View Post
    When I went to college there in the '80's, we hung out in the Oregon District. Lots of fun bars & shops. Anyone know if that area is still hopping? Otherwise, I'd just look for some town festivals or special events at one of the universities. Have fun!
    Still there, still hopping on weekends, although you'd probably only recognize a few of the bar names these days. Newcom's is still there and I think the porn store is, too, but otherwise, I think everything has changed--was Sloopy's around then? I assume you were a Flyer? You wouldn't recognize Brown St., either; it's gone all respectable. Flanagan's is still there and still serves up gallons of green beer on St. Patrick's day, but it's not nearly as busy as it was back in the 80s.

    Dunno if that would be JanetB's kind of thing, though; a woman who goes to the Oregon District alone is assumed to be in the market for a parking lot quickie--unless she sticks to the restaurant end of it.
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    I don't know about Dayton but I live in Springfield and I will tell you that there is nothing here in this town. Seriously! Our mall is almost empty but we have plenty of fast food restaurants if you ever get hungry. This town has Wittenbergy University (small campus so it wouldn't take long to visit), an art museum (small but ok) and a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (heard it was expensive to get it and not good at all).

    I know there is a nature park in Yellow Springs, OH - its about 10 miles from Springfield - that a lot of people go to. Plus, you might get to run into Dave Chappelle - he has a home there and you have a good chance of running into him. If you do, don't say, "I'm Rick James b***h", he does not like it if you do it. LOL!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prancer View Post
    Dunno if that would be JanetB's kind of thing, though; a woman who goes to the Oregon District alone is assumed to be in the market for a parking lot quickie--unless she sticks to the restaurant end of it.
    I agree while this sounds interesting I think I'll give it a pass, my flights haven't been booked yet so I'm not 100% on what time I will have free but at the very least part of Sunday afternoon. I like museums (military museums not so much) and shopping. Though the Giant butter Jesus sounds bazaarily interesting kind of like the giant glowing pink cross they have in Brampton, Ontario.
    I want to thank you Lord for being with me so far this day. With your help, I have not been inpatient, lost my temper been grumpy or envious of anyone. But I will be getting out of bed in a minute and I think I will really need your help then. Amen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prancer View Post
    Still there, still hopping on weekends, although you'd probably only recognize a few of the bar names these days. Newcom's is still there and I think the porn store is, too, but otherwise, I think everything has changed--was Sloopy's around then? I assume you were a Flyer? You wouldn't recognize Brown St., either; it's gone all respectable. Flanagan's is still there and still serves up gallons of green beer on St. Patrick's day, but it's not nearly as busy as it was back in the 80s.
    Yes, I'm a Flyer, class of '84. Lived in the university ghetto, went to all the bonfires, frequented Newcom's & Flanagan's (and maybe the porn store once or twice ), etc. I guess some things had to change to command UD's higher tuition rates.

    The other thing that I remember liking in Dayton was the bike trail along the river. It was nice for a walk or run after being cooped up indoors. There was also a park with some tall bell tower. Fell asleep there once until a police officer woke me up -- no story there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KCC View Post
    Yes, I'm a Flyer, class of '84. Lived in the university ghetto, went to all the bonfires, frequented Newcom's & Flanagan's (and maybe the porn store once or twice ), etc. I guess some things had to change to command UD's higher tuition rates.
    Ah, class of '84. You probably remember Jonathan's . The bonfires still go on and every year some frat rats still get arrested for setting furniture on fire in the street on St. Patrick's Day.

    The favorite place for students with IDs to go now is The Dublin Pub, which wasn't around back then. It's much nicer than Flanagan's.

    Quote Originally Posted by KCC View Post
    The other thing that I remember liking in Dayton was the bike trail along the river. It was nice for a walk or run after being cooped up indoors. There was also a park with some tall bell tower. Fell asleep there once until a police officer woke me up -- no story there.
    Carillon Park. It's a museum park. I find it about as interesting as I find the Air Force museum, but there are people who like it.

    The bike trail has been expanded a lot; there's a program called Rails to Trails that converts old railroad track lines into bike paths all across the state. You can walk for days without getting off the trail now.

    Quote Originally Posted by JanetB View Post
    I like museums (military museums not so much) and shopping. Though the Giant butter Jesus sounds bazaarily interesting kind of like the giant glowing pink cross they have in Brampton, Ontario.
    The problem with Butter Jesus is that he's right along I-75, which is a very busy highway. You can't stop and gawk at him--or rather, you can, but it's not particularly safe. You could go to the church, I suppose, but then you can't actually see the monstrosity well from there, as it faces the highway.

    It's also a long way to go just to see Butter Jesus, although if you like antique shopping, then you can whizz past Butter Jesus and visit Waynesville, which is full of antique shops.

    Some of the city museums are listed at the Carillon Park link above. My favorite museum in Dayton is The Dayton Art Institute. Beautiful building, usually pretty quiet, not a big museum but some very nice art works. They sometimes have music and there are things like wine tastings and teas and such; depends on when you go. There's a cafe there, or I could direct you to some places downtown if you are looking for dinner.

    One area museum that is interesting and really undervalued is The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center , but I don't know that you should tackle that one unless you are good with maps or have GPS. Wilberforce is the very definition of "out in the middle of nowhere." It's small, easily done in an afternoon, quiet and interesting. But if you go there, there is nothing--and I mean nothing--else in the area except cornfields.

    For shopping, I would recommend The Greene. It's a pedestrian mall with lots of shops and restaurants and bars that you could stop in without being asked if you're looking for a good time. It's very easy to get to from Springfield--it's all highway. The disadvantage there is that it is popular and parking is a mess. There's usually some kind of music or something in the square on Sunday afternoons (not usually the Gin Blossoms, though ); the events calendar is here.

    You might also like Yellow Springs, as tracylynn mentioned above. Yellow Springs is a tiny little hippie village. It's the place to go if you are looking for vegan restaurants and political dissent bookstores . It can be a nice place to spend a Sunday afternoon; you can wander through the little arty shops and have a nice dinner at The Winds Cafe. If you like the outdoors, you can rent rollerblades or a recumbent bike and go on the bike trail (part of the aforementioned Rails to Trails), and there are several nature preserve/parks in the area for hiking. Or you can just sit somewhere and watch the strange mix of people who hit YS on weekends--families with little kids, military people, gay couples, theater and art majors from the local universities, and all the local oddballs. Sometimes it's really quiet there, though, which is always very disappointing.

    Otherwise, there's a lot of theater in the area, if you like that, many places for good live music, and there are some sports events you could go to. There's other shopping, too, but I don't want to send you too far afield or anywhere that is going to require complicated directions.

    If you are up for a longer drive, you could also go the opposite way and go to Columbus, which is much bigger and there's more to do there. It's about an hour from Springfield, though, although it's all straight down the highway. I hate driving on I-70 (semi-truck central), but it's a straight shot to Columbus.
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