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Arts and Entertainment

Miami Valley Hospital (MVH) is located in southwest Ohio, an area full of attractions, from museums and performing arts centers to sports teams, theme parks, and more.

Performing Arts

The arts abound in southwest Ohio.

When you feel like staying close to home, Dayton offers a diverse selection of performing arts. The city is home to the Dayton Ballet, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dayton Opera, and Victoria Theatre Association. Take in a show at the exquisite Victoria Theatre or the spectacular Schuster Performing Arts Center. The Fraze Pavilion is a popular outdoor music venue, and the annual Cityfolk Festival draws thousands to Dayton each July.

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Middletown

Just a half hour down the road in Middletown, enjoy quality performances by the Middletown Lyric Theatre or Middletown Symphony Orchestra and Youth Symphony. Opera aficionados in particular will be inspired by a Sorg Opera production in the restored, century-old Sorg Opera House. Try an evening of Broadway-style dinner theater in Springboro or visit the Middletown Fine Arts center to see current work exhibited there. Middfest—a premiere cultural event celebrating dance, music and food from many countries throughout the world—has been held annually in Middletown since 1981.

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Cincinnati

Venture about an hour south and you’ll discover an array of cultural options in Cincinnati, a city that enthusiastically supports the arts. Attend a performance of the world-class Cincinnati Ballet or renowned Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy an evening of drama at the Tony Award-winning “Playhouse in the Park” or musical performances at the Aronoff Center or Taft Theatre. See top performing artists at Riverbend Music Center during the summer, and delight your children with the dazzling productions at The Children’s Theatre.

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Museums

Adults and kids can get lost in the wonder of any of the area’s many museums—from the innovative Museum Center at Union Terminal to the new Underground Railroad Freedom Center or the National Museum of the US Air Force. The region has more than 100 museums and galleries, including:

Sports and Recreation

Southwest Ohio is a dream come true for sports lovers, since it is home to the Cincinnati Reds, the Cincinnati Bengals, and championship tennis and golf.

Speaking of golf, our region boasts some of the top-rated courses in Ohio. And according to Golf Digest, you’ll find one of “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses” practically in your own yard! You’ll even find 100 more nine- and 18-hole golf courses in the area, 60 of which are public courses.

Dayton also has its share of sports teams. While they don’t have the high profile of national teams like the Reds and Bengals, the Dayton Flyers basketball team, in particular, has a loyal following of dedicated fans. Dayton teams know it doesn’t take a major league stadium to get fans into a frenzy!

For family fun, there’s Paramount’s Kings Island, the Cincinnati Zoo, the Newport Aquarium, a dozen state parks, and an 80-mile bike trail that parallels the scenic Little Miami River. And when it comes to shopping, we’ve got everything from “uptown” to “outlet”—not to mention some of the country’s best towns for antiquing.

You’ll find all this and more within 30 minutes of home in southwest Ohio. And since you won’t waste half your day getting to and from work, you’ll be able to enjoy it with time to spare!

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