Dayton History

Welcome to Dayton: The Birthplace of Aviation.
The sky’s the limit in this city – Wilbur and Orville Wright are proof of that. After all, it was here that the two brothers were given the freedom to let their imagination soar, and soon found themselves flying among the clouds and into the history books as the creators of powered flight.
Of course, there’s also plenty to do in Dayton for those whose interests aren’t up in the air. The area’s creative spirit lives in its arts and cultural institutions. The Dayton Ballet, The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, the Dayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra present engaging, critically acclaimed works in both classic and contemporary styles. The crowning jewel of the city’s performance venues is the $130 million Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, where these local institutions – as well as a roster of talented performers from every continent – perpetuate Dayton’s cultural renaissance.


Visitors can also pack their itineraries with trips to an exciting array of downtown destinations and Ohio attractions, including hot dining spots, one-of-a-kind stores and thrilling sports venues. And when it’s time to slow down the pace, abundant natural beauty awaits in parks throughout Montgomery County. From gardens and farmland to hiking trails and outdoor concert venues, the great outdoors is even better here.
Whether your stay in Dayton is for business or pleasure, a family getaway or a spur-of-the-moment day trip, the Dayton/Montgomery County Convention & Visitors Bureau can help you make the most of it. Call 800-221-8235 to learn more about all that abounds in Dayton, Ohio.