Dayton, Ohio truly is a gem! The birthplace of aviation-- home to the Wright Brothers and where the invention of flight took place! Wright Patterson Air Force Base and Air Force Research Labs are also located in Dayton and continue to contribute to aviation's present and future global developments. Dayton truly offers a multitude of unique must do experiences that require multiple days, but below are a few items if you’re limited on time that you won’t want to miss.

*some of these locations are temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, will be looking at reopening plans for 2021 when appropriate

Aviation

Visit the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world--The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force 

1100 Spaatz St Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, OH 45433-7102 | Free

Explore over 19 acres of enclosed exhibit space featuring over 340+ aerospace vehicles arranged chronologically and by military conflict.  see the famous Memphis Belle, board and tour the NASA Space Shuttle exhibit, board and tour four of nine presidential airplanes, test your skills in a flight simulator. Watch a movie on the x-story digital screen, or buy the perfect souvenir in the gift shop.

 

See The Original 1905 Wright Flyer III at the Wright Brothers National Museum

1000 Carillon Blvd, Dayton, OH 45409 | $

The John W. Berry, Sr. Wright Brothers National Museum has more Wright artifacts on display than any other place in the world, including the 1905 Wright Flyer III: the only airplane designated a National Historic Landmark, the first practical flying machine, and what the Wright brothers considered their most important aircraft.

 

Visit The National Aviation Hall of Fame

1100 Spaatz St, Dayton, OH 45433 | Free

Honor world-famous pilots and space travelers while delving into more than a century of flight history at the National Aviation Hall of Fame, which is attached to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

 

Carillon Historial Park

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1000 Carillon Blvd, Dayton, OH 45409 | $

Take a trip back in time at Carillon Historical Park  65-acre open-air history museum-- learn about all things innovation and how Dayton changed the world. 

 

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park

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16 S Williams St, Dayton, OH 45402 | FREE

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park is a United States National Historical Park in Dayton, Ohio, that commemorates the lives and achievements of Wilbur Wright, Orville Wright, and Paul Laurence Dunbar! Visit the Wright Cycle Co. a replica of the original bike shop started by the Wright Brothers. 

 

Take a Walk Through Woodland Cemetery 

118 Woodland Ave, Dayton, OH 45409 | Free

One of the nation's five oldest "garden cemeteries," Woodland is the resting place of the Wright Brothers, Paul Laurence Dunbar, inventor Charles F. Kettering, author/humorist Erma Bombeck and media mogul James Cox, among others. The arboretum boasts more than 3,000 trees and 165 species of plants, and architectural sites.

 

See U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds at the Dayton Air Show

3600 Terminal Dr, Dayton, OH 45377 | $

The Vectren Dayton Air Show is held each summer at Dayton International Airport. The 2021 show will feature the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds July 10-11, 2021.

 

Outdoor Activities

Visit all 18 Five Rivers MetroParks

Five Rivers MetroParks makes up 16,000 acres of forests, grasslands, farmlands and wetlands. The 18 MetroParks are spread out throughout the greater Dayton area. Enjoy a hike, walk, or run on one or many of the wonderful trails throughout the MetroParks system. 

 

Grab Your Bike and Hit the Trails


Explore the nation's largest network of paved trails--340+ miles! Greater Dayton and Ohio’s Miami Valley region provides over 340 miles of paved, multi-use recreational trails. Stretching across county lines, these trails connect schools, parks, historic landmarks and area attractions. Travel through meadows, scenic countryside, forested areas and city centers while on the path.

 

Sunwatch Indian Village

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2301 W River Rd, Dayton, OH 45417 | $

Ever wondered what life was like in the 13th century? Well Sunwatch Indian Village will give you a look in to 13th century life in an Indian Village. 

 

Aullwood Audubon

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1000 Aullwood Rd, Dayton, OH 45414

 Aullwood Audubon teaches, leads and inspires people to preserve, protect and enjoy nature, farming and the environment. Aullwood offers both children and adults the opportunity to experience and appreciate the world through experience-based education. Discover their woods, streams, ponds, prairies, meadows, nature center and working sustainable farm!

 

Dayton Dragons

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220 N Patterson Blvd, Dayton, OH 45402 | $

Did someone say baseball?! Enjoy a Dayton Dragons game at Dayton Air Ballpark in downtown Dayton! The Dayton Dragons is the Midwest League affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds and they play a 70-game home schedule, the ballpark is easily accessible from Interstate 75.

 

Arts & Culture

Dayton Performing Arts

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Dayton Performing Arts are back this year with both in-theatre and virtual performances, whether you want to go to the opera or see a broadway show DPAA & Dayton Live have something to offer!

 

Bask In The Arts at The Dayton Art Institute

456 Belmonte Park N, Dayton, OH 45405 | Temporarily Closed | $

Founded in 1919, The Dayton Art Institute is one of the region’s premier fine arts museums. In addition to exhibiting outstanding special exhibitions and impressive collections of art from throughout the world, the museum is renowned for education programming that includes an array of offerings for diverse audiences.

 

Other Dayton Activities 

Journey Down the Dayton Ale Trail and win a prize

The Dayton region can satisfy your thirst for locally brewed craft beer as you take a journey on the Dayton Ale Trail.  Pick up a Dayton Ale Trail passport book at any of the participating 21 local breweries. Participants will complete the trail by visiting each brewery on the list and collecting all the stamps. 

 

Cruise Through History at America’s Packard Museum

420 S Ludlow St, Dayton, OH 45402 | Temporarily Closed | $

Although temporarily closed you can start planning a trip to America's Packard Museum, you won't want to miss the largest collection of Packard automobiles and memorabilia anywhere in the world, with cars from 1903 to 1958 on exhibit 7 days a week.

 

The Sky’s the Limit at The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

2600 Deweese Pkwy, Dayton, OH 45414 | $

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is the premier regional provider of interactive science learning experiences which enrich the lives of children and adults, enhance the quality of life in our community, and promote a broad understanding of the world.

 

Make It A Weekend Trip At One Of Dayton's Hotels

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There are far too many things to see in just ONE day so why not make it a weekend trip? Check out Dayton's hotels and find the perfect one for your trip. 

 

Grab A Bite At One of Dayton's Local Restaurants

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After a long day of exploring all things Dayton grab a bite to eat at one of Dayton's local restaurants. Whether you are looking for local independent, gluten free, vegan & vegetarian, or something you've never tried you'll be sure to find something at one of Dayton's tasty restaurants. 

 

Can't Leave Dayton Without Esther Price

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1709 Wayne Ave. Dayton, Ohio 45410

Pick up a sweet treat at Dayton's own Esther Price Candies, which offers assorted chocolates, cordials, chocolate-covered potato chips and pretzels and more mouthwatering homemade delights.

 

Wilbear Wright Passport

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Receive a Wilbear Wright Aviator Teddy Bear!

You could earn your very own Wilbear Wright Teddy Bear by visiting sites on the Dayton Aviation Trail!  
Tour a minimum of 8 of the 17 amazing aviation sites listed in this brochure. Receive a stamp at the one required site, Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center, plus a minimum of 7 of the remaining sites to qualify for the FREE "Wilbear Wright" aviator teddy bear.