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Carriage Hill MetroPark, Dayton

(4.4/5 based on 75 reviews on the web)
Farm life in the 1880s comes alive at Carriage Hill MetroPark. Visitor Center exhibits start the journey back in time while demonstrations, reconstructed and historical buildings, and even period farm animals paint the picture. There are also acres of natural beauty to enjoy and a horseback riding center.
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  • Great hikes, horse-back trails, ponds to 'ponder' or fish, bird-boxes abound. There is a riding center in back, if you don't own a horse. History recreated on the living farm. Indoor center for play a...  more »
  • The title sums it up. This living farm has animals that you can get up to and pet. They have baby animals normally during the spring. Also at the nature center there is a penny candy store downstairs ...  more »
  • Carriage Hill is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon, or take a walk around the lake. The animals, barn and penny candy store bring a time period back to life for a few minutes/ 
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  • We have been frequent visitors over the last 20 years and still love walking the trail or sitting by the water every time. It is family friendly with the animals and the candy store. Perfect location for taking beautiful photographs too!
  • My boys, ages 3 & 5 loved this park. They liked that they could go and touch the animals and they rode a pony for $5 each which made their day
  • Love taking my wife and daughter fishing and horse back riding and hiking here. Great family atmosphere. Recommend everyone to check it out.
  • This park is run by a mostly volunteer force, and is a real source of community pride and passion. Free and open to the public, the farms are a great educational experience for all ages that almost anyone can afford. Plan to be here at least an hour or two as you enjoy a long stroll. Check out the webwsite in advance for educational special events.
  • Carriage Hill is one of my favorite places in Dayton. The historic farm is fun and informative for all ages, and best of all, it is free! There are plenty of animals to visit and a number of volunteers that help to preserve the historic experience. The country store offers a variety of penny candies and other gifts, which is neat. In addition to the farm there are several miles of wooded trails, two picnic shelters, and lots of wildlife! The park itself is dog friendly; however dogs are not allowed on site at the farm. There IS a sign stating that on the main gate at the farm. Fair warning though, the trails are loaded with ticks so I personally only go without my dog! There is one very large pond upon entering the park, and one smaller pond further into the trails. Carriage Hill also offers horse back riding at their riding center in the back of the park. An hour trail ride is $30 per person. Pony rides are also available for kids under 8 years old for only $5. They also offer riding lessons and the stable takes in volunteers that want to work with the horses! I go to Carriage Hill very frequently and my only complaint is the ticks, which is not the fault of the park! Beautiful place to relax and explore nature. 😊❤