Dayton is the proud home of the Wright brothers, where aviation aficionados can explore the “Birthplace of Aviation”. Offering an array of flight-themed attractions, Dayton boasts a museum run by the United States Air Force and is the location where the “Flying Machine" famously took off.
Things to do in Dayton
Run by the United States Air Force, the National Museum of the United States Air Force gets you face to face with fighter jets. Located around 10 kilometres out of town at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, it houses a 3D theatre and a string of war-themed exhibits.
The Wright Hill Memorial overlooks the historic Huffman Prairie Flying Field and commemorates the courage, perseverance and achievements of Wilbur and Orville. It’s part of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, home to the original Wright Cycle Company building where the “Flying Machine" was dreamt up.
In the city centre you’ll find the Dayton Art Institute. In addition to showcasing local talent, the hands-on gallery is also rated one of the top art museums in the United States for kids. Hosting a unique line-up of events, you can attend “Yoga at the Museum” or “Wine and Canvas” tasting sessions.
The SunWatch Indian Village sits on the banks of the Great Miami River and offers a fascinating glimpse at Native American culture. Peer into thatched houses, learn about the astronomical layout of the town and discover how the Native Americans used to live.
Getting around Dayton
Dayton is easy to navigate on foot, while buses and an electric trolley also serve the area. Hiring a car is a great way to get around, especially if you want to explore the city at your own pace.