Hidden Gems: Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark & Nature Sounds Playground – Dayton Parent Magazine

Spring has sprung! Time to head outdoors and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature coming back to life. Check out these two parks for a great way to spend a spring afternoon.

dayton gemNature Sounds Playground

At the Nature Sounds Playground at Countryside Park kids can experience six outdoor instruments where they can drum, chime, tinkle, clang and ring to their heart’s content. The playground includes five hand drums, vertical and horizontal xylophones, nine-foot tall chimes, a pagoda bell and a set of chimes shaped like a swirl. There’s also a stage area for impromptu theatrical and voice performances, plus concrete seating for parents to enjoy the show.

The only playground of its kind in the area, Nature Sounds is handicapped accessible and located on a paved path on the east side of the Washington Township Recreation Center, 895 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd. The park is open during daylight hours, and all are welcome free of charge.



Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark

Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark

Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark

Wegerzyn Gardens includes a variety of formal gardens, a swamp forest, mature woodlands along the Stillwater River, a meadow and two planted prairies. Take a hike on the Marie Aull Nature Trail to spot native wildlife, trees and wildflowers.

Don’t leave the park without a visit to the Children’s Discovery Garden, a kid-friendly place to experience nature and gardening. Divided into three main areas, the garden offers opportunities to play among whimsical plant displays, learn about Ohio habitats and grow vegetables and other backyard plants.

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