Dayton offers amazing free experiences ranging from the nation’s largest network of paved trails to the world’s largest and oldest military aviation museum — the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force — to the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, and pavilions packed with live music. In Dayton, you’ll find beautiful parks and rivers winding through diverse ecosystems, museums filled with everything from presidential planes to contemporary artworks and numerous itinerary options for planning your Dayton vacation — or as we like to call it, a Daycation. You’re invited to take the short drive to the city that offers a variety of unique, fun, safe experiences guaranteed to create wonderful memories for the entire family.


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Into the Wild Blue Yonder

Get ready for adventure at the must-see FREE National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, the world’s largest and oldest military aviation museum. Explore 19 acres of indoor exhibits showcasing 360 aerospace vehicles. See the Wright brothers’ plane, along with fabled WWII bomber Memphis Belle, and board and tour four of 10 presidential planes. Located adjacent to the museum, the National Aviation Hall of Fame honors the space travelers and pilots who heroically took the risks that were necessary to advance space exploration. The best part for your family? Admission (and parking!) to both attractions is free.


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Surf Dayton


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Passport to Adventure

Chart a course for fun and games, courtesy of Dayton’s Passport Trail Adventures. Have your Aviation Trail passport stamped at just 8 of 17 area amazing aviation sites and take home a cuddly Wilbear Wright Aviator Teddy Bear. Raise a glass at 27 local breweries along the Dayton Ale Trail and earn a custom logo Dayton Ale Trail beer glass. Pick from nine other curated trails along the Great Miami Riverway featuring everything from vintage vinyl to boutique clothing, cupcakes to pizza, and ethnic cuisine to coffee.


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Carillon Park Wright Cycle Co
Dayton History


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Back to the Land

Enrich your life by communing with nature at Aullwood Audubon Center & Farm. The 200-acre space includes a farm that’s home to rare breeds of livestock, including the Belted Galloway cow, Tunis Sheep and Silver Fox rabbits. Get to know the snakes, turtles and fish who call the Marie S. Aull Education Center home, and be sure to visit the outdoor Birdwatching Room, where you can observe them in their native habitat. Spend time in quiet reflection while strolling the walking trails that meander through the sanctuary amid woodlands, wetlands, ponds and sustainable farmland.

Step back in time 200 years at Carriage Hill MetroPark by watching a blacksmith work, conversing with period actors and greeting a friendly menagerie of farm animals. Hike, fish, camp or explore over 16,000 acres of diverse habitats in Five Rivers MetroParks varied parks. Be sure to stop by Five Rivers MetroParks’ outdoor 2nd Street Market to pick up locally grown produce and specialty foods.


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Wegerzyn Gardens


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New Worlds

Pique your curiosity at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery while engaging with natural history and science through interactive exhibits, a planetarium, the Discovery Zoo and MeadWestvaco Treehouse. Or, learn what life was like 800 years ago by visiting SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park, the former home of the agrarian Fort Ancient Indians.


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Dayton Art Institute


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Perfect Harmony

Dayton’s outdoor music venues provide the perfect backdrop for summer concerts. The 4,300-seat Fraze Pavilion amphitheater features top-name acts and has become one of Southwest Ohio’s most popular locales. Enjoy free concerts each weekend in downtown Dayton at the Levitt Pavilion. Music headliners make it a point to take center stage at the outdoor 4,200-seat Rose Music Center at the Heights.