Children’s Discovery Garden at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark

The following pit stop is submitted by guest reviewer Jessie Voigts of WanderingEducators.

The Children’s Discovery Garden at Wegerzyn Gardens, in Dayton, Ohio is a treat! It’s a free metro park, dedicated to teaching kids about the different natural habitats of the Miami Valley, and encouraging discovery and play. The Children’s Discovery Gardens was founded in 2006, and is staffed by volunteers.

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The Discovery Garden is split into different habitats, including woods, prairie, wetlands, a limestone cave featuring local fossils, a sensory garden, a wildlife garden, a skeeter’s garden, a musical garden, a sandbox, waterfalls and ponds, and for the next few years, an outdoor sculpture woven from willow branches, called A Wiggle in Its Walk.

There are a few small picnic benches for families, a large (and clean) family bathroom, and plenty of places to sit along the meandering path.

a wiggle in its walk

Date last visited:

April 2012

Distance from the interstate:

Just off I-75.

Hours of operation:

Spring and Fall (April/May and Sept/Oct): 10:00am-6:00pm
Summer (June/July/August): 10:00am – 8:00pm, water play area open (View Summer Activity Schedule.)
Winter (March/Nov/Dec):10:00am-4:00pm (Closed Jan and Feb.)
Closed for pathway maintenance Sep 4-7, 2012

Admission cost:


Dining options:

None on site; picnic areas available.


Wegerzyn Gardens is located at 1301 E. Siebenthaler Avenue , Dayton, Ohio.