Located one hour north of Cincinnati, Dayton offers a variety of cultural and sporting events and attractions. Dayton is home to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and has developed a strong reputation for its aerospace research and technology, health services and information technology industries.
Some of the region's assets are noted below:
Performing Arts - Dayton offers a rich blend of dance, vocal, theatrical and instrumental arts. The Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center is a world-class facility offering the best in local, national and international performing artists in addition to hosting the latest Broadway shows. Dayton Opera and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra call the Schuster Center home. Local performing arts treasures, like the Dayton Ballet, also make use of the facilities. The city's cultural flavor also includes the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and the Human Race Theatre Company. The historic Victoria Theatre is the stage for many of these performers with several additional major-event venues also hosting shows and concerts.
Sports - Dayton Dragons Professional Baseball was named one of the Top Ten Hottest Tickets in Sports by Sports Illustrated magazine. The region provides ample opportunities for sports fans with the Reds and Bengals in Cincinnati and the Crew and Blue Jackets in Columbus.
Heritage & History - Known as the birthplace of aviation, Dayton is home to the National Museum of the United States Air Force - the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world. Other points of historical interest include the family friendly Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce and Carillon Historical Park.
Green Space - More than 35,000 acres of parks, nature preserves and a popular river corridor along the Great Miami River offer outstanding outdoor activities. Greater Dayton has more green space than any other metropolitan area its size. RiverScape, features the Five Rivers Fountain of Lights, the largest river-based fountain in the world. Its design represents the five waterways that converge in the Dayton area, and it is positioned at the confluence of the Great Miami and Mad Rivers.
Shopping, Dining & Getting Away - The Miami Valley's largest shopping mall, the Mall at Fairfield Commons, is located near campus. The Greene, which features pedestrian-friendly streets, retail stores, entertainment venues, apartments and restaurants, is located minutes from Wright State as well. Unique restaurants and shops are part of Dayton's Oregon District, and several small college towns and charming villages surrounding the city boast gourmet restaurants, antique shops, bed and breakfasts and small town neighborliness.
Festivals & Fairs - Southwest Ohio boasts an array of cultural and ethnic festivals, rib cook-offs and county fairs during the summer months, along with musical offerings ranging from jazz, blues and R&B, to Latin, Celtic and polka. The Yellow Springs Street Fair, with its music festival, ethnic food and beer garden, is a prime spot for people-watching. Just down the road from Dayton, the annual Ohio Renaissance Festival in Harveysburg features 12 entertainment stages, more than 100 arts and crafts shops, period food and drink, games of skill and human-powered rides.
Getaway Hot Spots - Dayton's prime position near Interstate 70 and Interstate 75 makes it easy to visit the major cities of Cincinnati, Columbus, and Indianapolis. Water parks, amusement parks, train rides, zoos, outlet malls, major sporting events and other entertainment activities are within a one-hour drive of Dayton.