Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park

Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and in response to guidance from local, state, and national public health officials, visitor facilities at Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park are closed until further notice, effective December 3, 2020. All park grounds within direct control of the National Park Service will remain open and accessible to the public daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. This includes the plaza at 16 S. Williams Street, Dayton, Ohio and the Huffman Prairie Flying Field and the Wright Brothers Hill-Wright Brothers Memorial unless otherwise directed by the US Air Force.
Park facilities will remain closed until the public health situation improves. Ongoing public interpretive programming is available online at park web and social media sites. We value the safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners and believe this action to be in the best interest of public health and safety. Please visit for updates about the status of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park’s visitor use facilities.

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Plan Your Visit

Dayton is the proud home of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, a “must-visit” attraction for your future visit to Dayton.


While the National Park sites are closed to visitors during the COVID-19 health crisis, you can still enjoy these short clips from our National Park Service rangers, museum curators, and museum directors as they tour you through various displays in their museums.

Was Dayton the original Silicon Valley?

During the Progressive Era, Dayton held more patents than anywhere else in the world. Inventions included the airplane, the step ladder, and the ice cube tray just to name a few. For Further Discussion: what Dayton inventions are still in use today? How did the inventions in Dayton change the world? Why was Dayton home to so many inventors?


Other Aviation Sites

Aviation attractions are beginning to open!  Please take a moment to tour them virtually while you plan your visit to Dayton, the Birthplace of Aviation and So Much More!

Take a Daycation for More Family Fun

After exploring the National Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, you'll be hungry for more learning, and exploring and Dayton does not disappoint!  We've put together multiple "Daycation" ideas for you and your family and friends!


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