Bill Franz

Student Tours

1 hour + Victoria Theatre / Schuster Center 937-228-7591 x3034 $

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Victoria Theatre that has been a tradition of celebrating and enriching life through the performing arts since 1866 and is home to the Dayton Ballet and the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company or tour the Schuster Center which is home to the Dayton Opera and hosts the Chase Broadway Series. Schedule a hands-on theatre workshop or a Background on Broadway class.

2 hours S SunWatch Indian Village 937-268-8199 $

Along the banks of the Great Miami River, an extraordinary place hides within a seemingly ordinary setting… SunWatch, the original site of an 800-year-old American Indian village. Visitors will enjoy watching an introductory film in the indoor theatre, viewing artifacts and learning about the history of the Village and its inhabitants in the Interpretive Center, and immersing themselves in the 800-year-old lifestyle by visiting the reconstructed structures, located in their original, exact locations. SunWatch offers five unique guided tours including SunWatch Discovery, Lifestyles of the Rich and Prehistoric, Who in the World is Indiana Jones?, What if I lived at SunWatch?, and Fun at SunWatch. Each tour lasts approximately 90 minutes with approximately one hour outside in the Village. Open year round— school groups can even arrange an overnight experience

2 hours Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm 937-890-7360 $

Aullwood is an environmental education center in western Ohio that promotes the protection of birds, other wildlife and the habitats on which they depend. Aullwood offers both children and adults the opportunity to experience and appreciate the world through experience-based education. Schedule a draft horse wagon ride or a hands-on seasonal activity like candle dipping or try your hand at farming, at this 350-acre nature sanctuary and working organic farm that includes six miles of walking trails winding through prairie, woods, ponds, farmland and meadows. Visit the Farm Education Center, livestock, colorful herb and edible vegetable gardens and the spring house and croplands. Price: TBD depending on activities.

2 hours Boonshoft Museum of Discovery 937-275-7431 $

Explore the wonders of the world with a live animal zoo, the region’s only Planetarium, interactive science and technology exhibits, and more under one roof! The Museum offers 94,000 square feet of fun and entertainment. Areas are divided into age-appropriate sections and specific topics (K-12). Exhibits are designed to creatively balance fun and knowledge by engaging visitors in interactive elements to explain innovative and important subject matter in an understandable style to visitors of all ages. Student Tours

1 hour & 30 mins Paul Laurence Dunbar State Memorial 937-313-2010 $

Explore the life, times and creativity of a true pioneer in African-American literature with a visit to the Paul Laurence Dunbar State Memorial. At this Italianate residence—the final home of poet Paul Laurence Dunbar—you'll see his literary treasures, many of his personal items, and his family furnishings. And you'll gain a new appreciation for the man who became known as the poet laureate of AfricanAmericans. All tours begin in the Visitor Center, where there are numerous artifacts on display that belonged to him, including his bicycle (from the local Wright Cycle Shop), clothing, sports equipment and souvenirs from his many trips to the Western United States. Then, tour through the two-story home that Dunbar shared with his mother, Matilda, during the last years of his life. Recently restored with historically accurate wallpaper and furnishings, the home includes a majority of items owned by the Dunbar’s, including the typewriter that Paul composed many of his works.

3 & ½ hours National Museum of the U.S Air Force 937-258-1225 Free

Experience Ohio’s #1 free destination and the oldest & largest military aviation museum in the world! Dine in the cafeteria, visit the gift shop, or take in a movie at the IMAX Theatre. Discover how past Presidents traveled in the Presidential Gallery, which houses nine aircraft including a walk-through of President Roosevelt's Sacred Cow, Truman's Independence, Eisenhower's Columbine III and Kennedy's Air Force One! Schedule a hands-on program related to aerospace, such as a balloon rockets, parachute drops, helium balloon races or sled kites!

3 hours Carillon Historical Park 937-293-2841 x101 $

Students will be immersed into an accurate 1896 school day. Students will spend a half day in the Park’s original one-room schoolhouse learning reading, writing and arithmetic from classic McGuffey Readers and using traditional slates. To practice penmanship, students will even write in ink with steel-tipped dip pens. In addition, students will play 19th century games and participate in schoolhouse chores. For an additional fee, an historically accurate lunch is available. Grades 2-8.

1 hour Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center 937-225-7705 Free

Schedule a docent lead tour of the Interpretive Center that focuses on the lives of the three exceptional men from Dayton, Ohio, Wilbur Wright, Orville Wright and Paul Laurence Dunbar. Watch the 30 minute movie, narrated by Dayton’s own Martin Sheen, on how Orville and Wilbur Wright first became actively interested in the idea of flying. Explore how the Brothers ran a bicycle business and a print shop while developing the first practical airplane. Visit the Wright Cycle Company, where in 1892, the Wrights opened a bicycle repair shop.

For more information, customized itineraries, or hotel bookings contact the Dayton/Montgomery County CVB 800-221-8235 or email Sean Robison