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Things to Do in Dayton – The Gem City of Ohio

Sonali Pimpale Nov 29, 2019
The “birthplace of aviation”, Dayton is the home of the ingenious Wright brothers. Although it has deep roots in aviation, the city’s myriad attractions pay homage to science, arts, culture, archaeology and sports.

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Glide through the history of air transportation at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

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360+ distinguished aircrafts, including those from World War II and several Presidential ones, are housed at the world’s oldest and the largest museum dedicated to military aviation.

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At Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, honor the three great sons of the city – the Wright brothers Orville and Wilbur, and Paul Laurence Dunbar, the revolutionary American poet and novelist.

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The huge complex includes several historically significant sites where you can catch a glimpse of an aircraft made by the wright brothers and their bicycle shop, learn about the early lives of the Three, and much more.

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Be awed by the vast collection of artworks from American, European and Asian art to African, Oceanic, Pre – Columbian and Native American art, at the Dayton Art Museum.

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Located in a stately building from 1930s, the museum holds a place of pride among the top 10 art museums for kids in the country.

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Root for the talented Dayton Dragons as they win a minor league baseball game (and the locals’ hearts), at the Fifth Third Field.

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Geek out at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery - a science center, aquarium, planetarium, and a zoo all rolled into one.
Book your show for a riveting broadway show, a concert or a theatrical performance at the historic Victoria Theater.
Learn a thing or two about environmental conservation in the lap of nature at Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm. The 72-acre expanse of this center will greet you with a surfeit of woods, pastures, streams and friendly farm animals!

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If the sinuous grace of a ballet performance tickles your fancy, you are in for a treat at the Dayton Ballet, a company that has been faithfully dishing out fascinating ballets for more than 80 years.

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Get a blast from the past at the Carrillon Historical Park. Strewn with historic buildings, the park is a fantastic museum that will walk you through the city's history.

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Learn all about the ways of Native Americans through reconstruction of their village and and an education center at the Sunwatch Indian Village.