7 Experiences That Treat Your Sweetheart This Sweetest Day!

Mark your calendars! Sweetest Day is just about a week away, and this year, it’s all about special experiences with your loved ones. The prequel to Valentine’s Day, Sweetest Day is a Midwest tradition, a day to celebrate your sweethearts, whether they are your partners, friends, or family.

While fall is immensely busy with school, extracurricular activities, and football (go Flyers, go Bucks), you still have a chance to make Sweetest Day special with some inexpensive, thoughtful experiences and activities that far surpass the typical “flowers and chocolates” routine.

7 Fun Experiences For You and Your Sweetheart This Sweetest Day, October 17:

Take a fall hike and enjoy the scenery! Fort Ancient is the perfect place for a fall hike. Not only will you be able to soak in all of the colors of fall, you will also get to see all of the historic features that make Fort Ancient and southwestern Ohio so special, like the 2000-year-old man made earthworks. Bring a camera to capture the changing of the seasons and the serene nature that is a part of this National Historic Landmark.

Access to the hiking trails, biking trails, and interpretive center are included with regular admission.

group guided tour

Fall at Fort Ancient

Dig into some fun! On October 17, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., the Boonshoft Museum’s sister site, SunWatch, and the Archaeological Institute of America are hosting a day filled with history, games, and more! International Archaeology Day gives guests the chance to have professionals ID oddities found in your very own home. Visitors will also get to participate in guided tours of this prehistoric Village that is nestled just a stone’s throw away from downtown Dayton. International Archaeology Day is FREE to the public.


SunWatch is the oldest National Historic Landmark in Dayton!

Give Back Together! Committing your time to volunteer as a family or with your significant other is always a great experience. Whether you clean out your cabinets and bring canned goods to a food drive, commit to a day of volunteering at a local organization, or make a donation to your favorite local charity, giving back always makes you feel accomplished.

The Dayton Society of Natural History is always looking for Volunteers for special events, projects, and daily Museum duties. We also have a myriad of different ways you can give to the Society, from making a gift to a cuddly member of our Zoo crew to supporting a specific Society site.


We All Scream For Ice Cream!
Share a science-fueled ice cream sundae! Foodies and scientists alike will love this DIY Ice Cream Experiment. All you need is a few household items and all the fixings to make your perfect sundae.


Space, Science, Natural History, and a Picnic!
Spend the morning bird watching in the MeadWestvaco Treehouse, take a stroll through the Discovery Zoo, stop by our newest exhibition, Cut From the Same Cloth, and then enjoy an outdoor lunch in our beautiful Amphitheater. The Boonshoft Museum has offerings for guests of all ages, so pack a picnic and enjoy!


rotators_9_158Get Into The Spirit of the Season! We love a good Halloween costume and we have plenty of occasions at the Boonshoft Museum Dayton and Springfield for you to wear one! Spend the afternoon DIYing a creative costume with your sweetie, then show it off at Spirits: Halloween at the Boonshoft Museum.  This 21+ event makes for a great date night!

A Family Affair! If you are celebrating Sweetest Day with all of the sweethearts in your life, consider taking a trip to the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Springfield. Hands-on public programs, exhibits, and their newest traveling exhibition, Children of Hangzhou, are all included with regular admission.

To learn more about all of our Dayton Society of Natural History sites, click on the links below:

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Dayton

Fort Ancient


Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Springfield