10 Fun Things to Do in Piqua, Ohio!

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Every small community has ‘hidden gems’ throughout the community and certainly Piqua is no different.  From our beautiful PATH (Piqua Activity Trail for your Health) to our rich stock of historic buildings, the entire Piqua community has much to offer.  Here is a sampling of our offerings.  Questions can be directed to Mainstreet Piqua at 937-773-9355, the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce at 937-773-2765 or the Miami County Visitors and Convention Bureau at 937-339-1044.

1. Downtown Walking Tour
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“A Time of Change – Downtown Piqua 1890” is a self-guided walking tour available at the local history department of the Piqua Public Library (116 W. High Street) and the Mainstreet Piqua / Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce (326 N. Main Street.)  Your tour starts in the 500 block of N. Main Street.

Allow about two hours for the tour and when you are done consider having a meal or snack as Downtown Piqua is also the home of several restaurants.  When you are picking up your walking tour brochure at the Chamber/Mainstreet Piqua office be sure to get your Downtown Shopping Guide.


2. Fort Piqua Plaza
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A visit to downtown Piqua is not complete without a visit to downtown Piqua’s historic gem, the Fort Piqua Plaza.  After 20-months of painstaking construction the dilapidated Fort Piqua Hotel was transformed into a spectacular multi-use community building that houses the Piqua Public Library, a community banquet facility and a beloved Piqua tradition – Winans Fine Chocolates and Coffees.  Visitors can enjoy the magnificent lobby with the perfectly restored stained glass windows and breathtaking skylight.  The Piqua Public Library boasts of a large local history collection as well as genealogical research resources and historical displays.  The second floor houses a Piqua art gallery as well as visitor friendly Local History Department.


3. Lock 9 Park – History of Transportation in Piqua
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The Great Flood of 1913 had a huge effect on the landscape of Piqua and a 1913 Flood Driving Tour booklet available from the Piqua Public Library (in the Fort Piqua Plaza) will give you an overview of the devastation caused by the flood as well as a sense of the lives that were forever impacted by the floods.  The tour starts at the Lock 9 Park, at the intersection of Spring and Water Streets, and makes its way throughout the Piqua community.

Before starting your driving tour be sure to take time to read about Piqua’s rich transportation history on the History Wall on the west side of Lock 9 Park.  The permanent etched historical plaques tell the story of the history of transportation in Piqua.  The 1913 Flood Driving tour takes about 2 hours.


Rossville Museum

While visiting the Rossville area, a part of the flood tour, a visit to the Rossville Museum is definitely in order.  The Rossville Museum and Cultural Center’s displays tell the compelling story of the 383 slaves that were freed in Virginia by John Randolph and their difficult journey to the North.  Open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


4. Piqua Historical Area – Johnston Farm
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A visit to Piqua is not complete without a visit to the Piqua Historical Society.  Johnston Farm is the number one visited Ohio Historical Area sites in the entire state of Ohio and a complete listing of all their events and activities can be found at the Johnston Farm Blog  The Piqua Historical Area is also the home of the annual Piqua Heritage Festival.  This long Labor Day tradition brings together mountain men, live performances, amazing food vendors and lots of fun for the entire family.


5. Piqua Bike PATH
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The PATH (Piqua Activity Trail for your Health) is a multi-use trail that traverses some of Piqua’s most scenic areas while connecting the entire community.  The entire trail is open to walkers, joggers, bikers, and rollerbladers.  Access points are Spiker Road, Davis Parkway, French Park, the Municipal Government Complex, Lock Nine Riverfront Park, the Miami Valley Centre Mall, Patrizio Place, Troy-Sidney Road, Fountain Park and Roadside Park.  A PATH map is available at the Mainstreet Piqua / Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce, 326 N. Main Street.  The Piqua PATH is just one of several beautiful City parks located throughout the Piqua community.

Physically active visitors to Piqua might also enjoy a round of golf at the Echo Hills Golf Course, a city owned public course with plenty of challenges for both the novice and seasoned player.


6. Shop ‘Til you Drop
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Between the unique variety of stores in the downtown area and the host of traditional mall stores at the Miami Valley Centre we have all your shopping needs covered.

Be sure to visit the former JCPenney store – now Apple Tree Gallery, 405 N. Main Street, this dominant feature of downtown has been converted into a beautiful antique store and 365-Christmas store also the former movie theatre (430 N. Main Street) now houses one of the largest Hallmark Gold Crown stores in the area.  Downtown Piqua is still the home of long-time Piqua businesses such as Barclay’s Men’s-Women’s Clothiers, Joe Thoma Jewelers,Buecker’s Fine Furniture, The Second Story Gallery, Winan’s Fine Chocolates and Coffeesand Stilwell’s Thoma Jewelers.  A Downtown Piqua Shopping Guide (pdf) is available from the Mainstreet Piqua office, at the corner of Main and Ash Streets.  A list of the Miami Valley Centre Mall offerings is available on their website.  A variety of stores are also located east of I-75 on State Route 36.


7. Piqua Caldwell Walking Tour
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While many communities in Ohio are blessed with a grand avenue there is no doubt that the Piqua Caldwell Historic District is a unique treasure.  A walking tour, highlighting the many assets of this National Registered Historic District is available at the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce at 326 N. Main Street.  (Allow two hours, wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather!)


8. Live Music
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Hance Pavilion, located in Fountain Park on Forest Avenue in Piqua, is the home of a variety of summer concerts each summer.  Thursdays in the summer are reason enough to visit Piqua!  Programming can be found at the Piqua Arts Council website as well as the City of Piqua website.


9. Events and Activities
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There always seems to be something going in the Piqua community!  Mainstreet Piqua offers a variety of events throughout the year and they can be found on the Calendar of Events.  Also check out the Miami County Visitors and Convention Bureau for a complete listing of activities from Piqua as well as surrounding communities.


10. Mix & Match
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