We spent most of this week pool hopping around Dayton. There are some awesome community pools, including Adventure Reef (Kettering Rec Center), Sycamore Trails Aquatic Center (Miamisburg) and the Kroger Aquatic Center at the Heights (Huber Heights).
Adventure Reef (Kettering) – Cost: $8 adult/$7 child. The vortex pool is the boys’ favorite. They also have 4 slides which have a height requirement of 48″. They allow kids under 48″ to do a swim test and have access to 2 of the slides. This is a huge bonus for me because I have short children! I also love that this pool has an indoor pool too (with diving boards). If a thunderstorm rolls through then you have somewhere else to play. Another plus is that they have a really great kiddie pool that is fenced off so sneaky toddlers can’t escape!
Sycamore Trails Aquatic Center – $6.50 adult/$5.50 child. This is a fun pool that doesn’t have as many features as the Kettering pool, but it is far less crowded. A unique feature – they have a climbing wall. When the kids fall off of it, they land in the water – fun! The toddler area is not fenced off but it is zero-depth and there are lots of fun water features to play with. Adam was perfectly happy with it. 🙂
Kroger Aquatic Center – $8 adult/ $7 child. I love this pool. It is only about a year or two old so everything still looks nice and new. They have a fenced-in kiddie pool (always a bonus) and a cool water fort for older kids to play on (especially if they aren’t tall enough for the big slides). My boys’ favorite part is the lazy river.
Parky’s Farm/Ark & Winton Woods
We LOVE Parky’s Farm/Winton Woods! If someone asks me for suggestions of places to visit in the Cincinnati area, I always recommend Parky’s. There are so many things to do here, and I would say that you could break it up into 3 parts. Go for an hour and just visit one of the places, or make a day of it and visit all 3!
Parky’s Farm – At the farm, you’ll find a former dairy barn that has been converted into an indoor playground as well as a nice outdoor playground. The cost to play in the playbarn is $2.50/child. Near the indoor playground they also have pony rides. The cost of pony rides is $3/child (note that children must be under 48″ to ride). Just beyond the playbarn are two other barns full of animals – sheep, pigs, goats, donkeys, etc. The barn that houses the goats and chickens is a petting zoo. There is also a nice horse barn that offers riding lessons and trail rides. Wagon rides are offered as well ($2.50/person). The setting is idyllic, with pastures of grazing horses and a pond with picnic tables nearby.
Parky’s Ark – This is the funnest splash pad that we have been too! At the center of the of the splashpark is a big Noah’s ark with a slide. There are tons of other spray features and a dry playground right next to it. There are also a concession stand and restrooms just outside the gate. The only thing I don’t like about it is that there is a $3 admission fee, which I think is a little much for a splash pad.
Winton Woods is the large, 2,500 acre city park that houses Parky’s Farm and Parky’s Ark. There is an entrance fee of $3 or so (although if you plan to visit many Hamilton County Parks throughout the year, then you should purchase the year pass which is less than $15). Other than Parky’s Farm and Parky’s Ark, Winton Woods has a boathouse with kayak/canoe rentals, many hiking trails and picnic areas, golf, frisbee golf and camping. Super fun place to spend the day!