Happy Friday, Superheroes!

I hope you’ve had a good week! First full week of June- it’s a magical time! I hope you’re gearing up for some fun this weekend, so, in the interest of helping you with that, another installment in my Friday series: Fun and (Mostly) Free Fridays! This week, we’re getting to know our own cities!

How long have you lived where you live? A year? 5 years? Your whole life? Well, no matter how long you’ve lived there, I bet there are places you’ve never been, museums you’ve never visited, and things you didn’t know.

This was certainly true for me! I live right in downtown Dayton, Ohio, but I spent a lot of time on Tuesday doing things I’d never done, all within walking or biking distance from my apartment. First, let’s look at what I did, and then, I’ll clue you in on how you can take on YOUR city (or one nearby).

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To start with, my mom and I got 24 hour memberships to our local city wide bike share. If you have a bike share system in your city and you aren’t using it, you’re missing out! Here’s how it works (at least here!):

-You buy a membership for a period of time. We went with the 24 hr option, although there are weekly and monthly subscriptions available. The membership cost us $5 apiece.

-You pick up a bike from any of the city wide bike hubs- they’re EVERYWHERE. You have the bike for 30 minutes, and then you check it back into a hub. You can get another one immediately, and you can keep doing that for the length of your membership.

The bike share program is awesome- I’ve used it quite a bit to go places around town. Again, I recommend it!

After we picked up our bikes, we started on a “walking” tour of downtown Dayton architecture. I have to be honest, I wasn’t overwhelmingly excited about the idea to begin with. However, there are some stunning buildings in this town, some I’d never seen before, and it was very interesting to learn about the history of the city through it’s buildings.

After we finished our tour, we got some lunch at the always delicious and super fun Lily’s Bistro (local people, check this out!), we walked around the Oregon District for a while, checking out the cute little local shops the area hosts.

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Next, we went up to the top floor of the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The top floor of the hotel is the bar and restaurant, and open to the public. They have incredible views of downtown! We had a great time looking out the windows and pointing out different places.

We finished our afternoon at America’s Packard Museum. This little known gem right in downtown might be small, but boy, it packs a punch! I’m not much of a car girl, really, but some of the history involved with these cars is really incredible. Besides, they’re so very fun to look at.

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So, that was our tour of Dayton- and we barely scratched the surface! There is so much to do and see in this city, I feel like we could do this for at least a week and not have seen everything we could.

If you want to play tourist in your town (and really, you should!), here are some fun resources for you to start with:

GPSmycity– Mom found our walking tour on GPS my city. This is an app that you load onto your phone (or tablet), and it has little ebooks that give you all kinds of information about what you’re looking at. Also, the walking directions were very clear and easy to follow- both for someone living in the city (me) and someone who is unfamiliar with it (Mom)!

Check local facebook pages. We have several- Dayton.com, Dayton most metro, dayton local… I follow all of them just on the lookout for fun things to do in the area! Find them for your city and then keep tabs on them.

Ask around! If you’re not sure what to do or where to go, ask someone! What’s their favorite part of the city? Where do they take guests? You’ll learn a lot!

Whatever you do, get out there. Enjoy the place you call home! This is how we save our cities as superheroes- not by fighting crime in the streets, but by supporting our cities as they build and rebuild and become the kinds of places we want to work, play, and live!

Superhero action of the day: Take some time to learn about the place you live! Maybe you’ll learn something new!

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