Take a trip to the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and you’ll find the official museum of the United States Air Force, filled with the most Air Force memorabilia in the country. Full-sized aircraft, missiles, and authentic equipment spanning the history of the U.S. Air Force. A very humbling experience for all walks of life.
If you’re traveling with little ones, don’t miss this awesome children’s museum in Dayton. Here, kids can play while actually learning a lot about science and nature. Inside is a combination of aquarium, planetarium, and a zoo. Everyone will be having fun getting up close and personal with animals at the sanctuary or at the tidal pool where sting rays and fish swim right past you.
If you have an eye for art, the Dayton Art Institute is conveniently located downtown and easily identifiable by its classic Renaissance architecture. The museum itself is beautifully ornate with over 20,000 individual pieces of work on display, spanning over 5,000 years of history.
Haven’t gotten your fill of aviation museums, Dayton has another great collection of history, paying tribute to the Wright Brothers and Paul Laurence Dunbar. Everyone knows who the Wright Brothers are, the men who successfully built the first plane to be able to take off and land safely. Paul Laurence Dunbar is a bit less known, but he is no less talented when it comes to his writing abilities; an author who wrote many famous plays, books, and poems. This park houses multiple museums, as well as replica of the Wright Brother’s first flyer.
This park is filled with all sorts of interesting history and information about the height of industrial and transportation accomplishments. Dayton played a major role in innovating and pushing America’s industrialization. The Carillon Historical Park was the lovechild of Edith and Edward Deeds, who sought to preserve the city’s fascinating and inspiring history with a large collection of artifacts and documents detailing its history.