Area Attractions

Dayton, Ohio: The Birthplace of Aviation

Dayton and its surrounding communities offer a generous variety of leisure activities.

  • Carrillon Historical Park
    Carillon Historical Park's mission is to celebrate and preserve the history of the Miami Valley and illustrate how it leads to the future.
  • Dayton Art Institute
    Enjoy the diverse permanent collection, world class special exhibitions and unique special events. With art from the Italian, Dutch, Flemish and French Baroque, plus Medieval, Renaissance, and Late Renassance periods, there is something for every taste.
  • Dayton Aviation Heritage
    Dayton Aviation Heritage commemorates three exceptional men - Wilbur Wright, Orville Wright, and Paul Laurence Dunbar - and their work in the Miami Valley.
  • Dayton Ballet
    Art that moves you. Enjoy world class ballet in downtown Dayton.
  • Dayton Campus Connect
    If you’re looking to get off campus — whether it be to find adventure or an internship — this site’s for you. Here, you’ll get the skinny on what makes Dayton tick, as well as the places and events not to be missed and how to get there.
  • Dayton Dragons Professional Baseball
    The Dragons are Dayton's own professional baseball team, the Class "A" affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds organization.
  • Dayton Opera
    In the world of theatre, the term special effects usually brings to mind those things that "wow" you, or move you in a special way. Opera can also "wow" you with its own special effects - moods or themes that have a special effect on you, whether it grips you with emotion, makes you laugh or cry, or perhaps even makes you smarter.
  • Flying J Farms
    This is Aviation Phychology Symposium Chair Dick Jensen's website. Find information about The Flying J Farm whose motto is "Restoring the Land, The  Buildings, and The People."
  • The Loft Theatre
    The Loft is home to the Human Race Theatre Company, which provides audiences with award winning, cutting edge drama, American classics, and regional and world premieres.
  • National Aviation Hall of Fame
    The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) nominates and enshrines individuals in recognition of achievement in the development of aviation.
  • Nutter Center
    Ohio's premier spot for sports, concerts and family events.
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar House
    This Italianate turn-of-the-century structure was the final home of the poet Paul Laurence Dunbar and exhibits his literary treasures, many of his personal items and his family's furnishings.
  • The Oregon Historic District
    The Oregon District is an historic neighborhood located near downtown Dayton, Ohio. Dating back to 1829, Oregon is Dayton's oldest neighborhood, and its first designated historic district.
  • Riverscape
    Visit Riverscape, home to a full range of activities including major community festivals, senior fitness programs and twilight bike rides along the river corridor hike/bike trails.
  • US Air Force Museum
    With over 300 airplanes and missles on display, you could spend a whole week touring this museum.  From the Early Years Collection (1909 Wright Flyer) to the Presidential Hanger (Past Air Force Ones) to Space Flight (Mercury and Gemini Spacecraft) there are plenty of choices for everyone.  Don't forget to check out IMAX, the 6-story tall, surround sound movie-viewing experience.
  • Victoria Theatre Association
    In the mood for a show while you are in Dayton? Click here to view information on great shows like Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon.
  • Wright Brothers' Cycle Shop
    Visit Orville and Wilbur's print shop building, the Wright Cycle Company building, the Huffman Prarie Flying Field, and the 1905 Wright Flyer III, hosted by the National Park Service's National Historical Park.  While you are there check out the Paul Laurence Dunbar State Memorial, a site dedicated to the talented and prolific writer.
  • Wright State University Department of Theater Arts and Artist Series
    These offer the best in area performing arts. Click on the links above to find out what exciting productions they are offering.
  • Wright State University Libraries
    The Wright Brothers Collection, housed in Special Collections and Archives in the Paul Laurence Dunbar Library comprises over 6,000 items including technical books, journals, pamaphlets and over 4,000 photographs documenting the invention of flight, the aviation careers of the Wright Brothers, and their family life.
  • Yellow Springs
    Voted one of Buget Travel's 10 Coolest Small Towns, Yellow Springs is far from the monotony of chain stores and restaurants. Experience something special, with over 60 shops and galleries, bike trails, and various locations for hiking! Also, stop by Young's Jersey Dairy for some family fun and delicious ice cream!

For a more extensive listing of what the area has to offer, try the Greene County Convention and Visitors Bureau.