- The University of Dayton has hosted NCAA basketball tournaments since 2001 and will be hosting the NCAA First Four at least through 2018. With abundant nearby hotel accomodations and a wide variety of restaurants, Dayton is a great location to watch your favorite team play their first rounds at UD Arena.
- Baseball fans are drawn to the beautiful Fifth Third Field downtown, home of the minor leagues' Dayton Dragons. The class A farm team for the Cincinnati Reds draws more than 593,000 fans each season.
- While virtually every community in the Dayton region provides parks and recreation facilities, Five Rivers MetroParks operates 24 parks covering 11,600 acres and several miles of bike trails. Biking, running, and in-line skating enthusiasts enjoy over 250 miles of paved recreation trails in the Miami Valley region. Dayton was officially designated a "Trail Town" on October 25, 2013. Read more about this recreational resource at Dayton Most Metro.
- There is also college basketball, football, soccer and more, with the University of Dayton Flyers (2014 NCAA men's basketball's Elite Eight), Wright State Raiders, Central State Marauders and Miami University Redhawks. Or you can make the short drive to Columbus to see the Ohio State Buckeyes (2014 NCAA Division I Football National Champions).
- The Dayton region features over 80 public and private golf courses including some that have earned national and international acclaim.
- Cincinnati is just a short drive south of Dayton where the Reds play baseball in the Great American Ball Park and the Bengals play football in the Paul Brown stadium.
- The area also offers professional hockey (Dayton Demonz) and soccer (Dayton Dutch Lions).