Today was an absolutely GORGEOUS day. I can’t remember the last time it was in the high 60’s on a July morning, so I wanted to take full advantage of it with my little guy. After running some errands, we headed over to Cox Arboretum in the West Carrollton area. It’s one of the many fabulous Five Rivers MetroParks in Dayton, and I knew Dylan would love it. We visited last summer, but he was only about a year old at the time. I knew he’d enjoy it much more now that he’s old enough to run around and do much more than sit in a stroller.
As you can see, there were some dark clouds overhead that looked like they would rain on us at any minute, but thankfully, they never did! As soon as you enter the park, there are lots of great buildings and ponds. It didn’t take us long to start spotting some creatures in the water. There were so many big fish… and turtles!
There were also LOTS of wide open walking paths for Dylan to explore…
There were also several bridges and steps to walk up, down and across… and more turtles! 🙂
The big draw right now at Cox Arboretum is the Butterfly House. The park maintains this live showcase house of butterflies and moths, and you can walk right through it to see the caterpillars, cocoons and butterflies up close. There are also plenty of volunteers inside to explain to you what you’re seeing and help point out creepy-crawlies that may have missed. It was a little crowded in there, but it was so beautiful! I can’t imagine how pretty it will be later in August when there will likely be lots more butterflies.
We also had to check out the amazing Tree Tower! We climbed it all the way to the top – 46 feet up!
Finally, we checked out the Zorniger Education Campus on our way out. This probably would have made more sense as our first stop because it included maps and a fun rainbow checklist of wildlife to look for around the park. They also had a map of the property, as well as maps of all the other MetroParks.
My little guy is such an outdoor enthusiast, so an outing at Cox today was perfect! Next time I’ll probably pack a lunch so we can explore some of the many hiking trails around the park, too. I can’t wait to go back!