Dayton, Ohio is also known as “The City Of Aviation”. Dayton’s aviation history is known the world over as the birth place of Wright Brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright. There are many things to do in Dayton, Ohio among them are:
Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park
The Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park pays homage to the three great aviators -Orville and Wilbur Wright and Laurence Dunbar. The main attractions of the historic park are Huffman Prairie Flying Field, Hoover Block, Paul Lawrence Dunbar State Memorial and The Wright Cycle Company Building. One of the main attractions here is the First Airplane flown by the Wright Brothers – Flyer III. The park covers about 65 Acres and has 25 buildings in it.
Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is an archaeological park and science museum with a planetarium, live animals, fossils & more. Children of all ages will find it fun and educational.
National Museum of U.S Air Force
This museum is one of the largest and oldest military museums in the world. Experience past discoveries of Aviation and sees large numbers of aerospace vehicles and missiles in this museum.
Dayton Art Institute
The institute offers a large collection of permanent and temporary exhibitions. On the ground floor there are number of art sculptures from ancient times which are very unique and eye-catching. This place is better known as Dayton Museum of Fine Arts and is located in a 1930’s Italian style building which is registered on National Register of Historic Places.
America’s Packard Museum
The museum is located in the former Packard Dealership Building and shows the history of Packard Motor Car Company. It displays all the information about the company and showcases more than 50 vehicles of the Packard Company.
Sun Watch Indian Village
Sun Watch Indian Village is also an archaeological park which is reconstructed from a 2000 year old fort. This place is also noted under the National Register of Historic Places. The Village is set-up with picnic tables and other facilities for your full enjoyment.
Wright Brothers Memorial
The Wright Brothers Memorial pays tribute to two great men of world history. Wilbur Wright and Orville Wright, who were residents of Dayton, Ohio and were known for their building and flying of the first airplane. The Memorial is built in a park on Wright Brothers Hill, just near the Interpretive Center.
Other places to visit in Dayton, Ohio are PNC Second Street Market, Fraze Pavilion, University of Dayton Arena, Oregon District and many more. Annual main events of Dayton are The Celtic Festival and City Folk Festival which attract nearly 30,000 people every year.
Another couple of quirky tourist stops are Cnr of Riverside Drive and Hillcrest Street in Dayton. This is a monument to a really bad divorce – local legend has it that the estranged husband took to the house with a chainsaw, cutting it in half and removing his side!! Just south of Dayton is the city of Carlisle. At the corner of St Rte 123/ or Carlisle Pk and Chamberlain Road stands a house that looks like a pair of spaceships that just landed. These pre-fab houses, called The Futuro, were designed by Matti Suuronen, an architect based in Finland. Fewer than 100 were build worldwide and only a handful still exist in America.