Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Things To Do In Dayton Ohio- Carriage Hill Metropark

My husband and I only discovered Carriage Hill Metropark last year and it’s quickly become one of our favorites! Carriage Hill is a real, working, old-fashioned farm. Every time we go we enjoy ourselves. There’s so much to see and do!

1. See the Animals

There are a lot of animals to see at Carriage Hill! Horses, sheep, goats, cows, pigs, ducks, chickens, geese, cats, all the farmyard classics.

2. The Lake

Carriage Hill has a beautiful little lake. It is perfect for Pick Nicks! Enjoy your food at sunset! Watch the geese fly, listen to the swallows as they scoop up bugs at the end of the day. You can fish at the lake and windmills help keep the lake aerated so the fish can breathe. There’s a cool boardwalk so that you can even walk above the lake. It is truly lovely.

3. Enjoy the Paths

There are so many paths at Carriage hill. You can walk in  the woods, in a prairie, past cornfields, through a machine junkyard, over rivers- there’s so much to explore and enjoy on a lovely day!

4. Ride Horses

Carriage Hill offers riding lessons and trail rides for you to enjoy! Take in the views of Carriage Hill Metropark from the back of a horse!

5. Explore the Buildings

There are a bunch of old buildings to see and learn from- barns, houses, smithies, all sorts. They are really beautiful to look at and educational too!

6. See the Museum and Gift Shop

Go to the museum to learn more about the park and how farms ran before. See the different lives a city woman and a country woman would have in the 1800’s. Visit the gift shop for some candy, old-fashioned cookie cutters, and much more!

7. Enjoy Activities

Carriage Hill has a lot of really cool activities to enjoy! (See their Schedule Of Events.)

You can see how farms were run and maintained long ago. We’ve been lucky enough to hit the sheep sheering event. You could see sheep being sheered right in front of you.

In the house you learned how to make beads from the wool and dyed them. Watch women make yarn and knit and weave it into lovely things! (One of them had even seen the pattern for my Fish Hat on Ravelry!) Recently we got to see the field plowing competition- how cool!

Seeing fields plowed with horses and mules was something new and fun to watch. There was also a carriage ride too! We look forward to seeing more events.
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