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Dayton Attractions - Plan Your Visit

Many of Dayton's world-class attractions are now open with increased safety measures to keep you and your family safe.
 
When it comes to attractions, the sky’s the limit in Dayton!  No matter how varied your interests may be, there is a wealth of Dayton attractions that are sure to educate and entertain everyone in your group!

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

The Free National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is the world's largest and oldest military aviation museum and a Must-See in Dayton! Be amazed as you explore 19 acres of indoor exhibits featuring over 360 aerospace vehicles! Don't miss the co-located National Aviation Hall of Fame honoring aviation and aerospace pioneers.

In 2023, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force celebrates its centennial with many special events and programs! You can read more about the museum's history and planned events in this Discover Dayton Blog post.
Upcoming events include: Fifi and Friends Fly-In, July 3-5; After Dark: Spies & Superheroes, July 8; Operation Homecoming 50th Anniversary Presentation, July 15; and Fitness Under the Wings: Yoga, July 31 & August 28.

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The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is the premier regional provider of interactive science learning experiences which enrich the lives of children and adults, enhance the quality of life in our community, and promote a broad understanding of the world. The dedicated staff preserves, protects, and enhances the Museum's anthropology, geology, paleontology, and biology collections, and makes these collections available for exhibition, education, and research purposes. Learn more about the museum and upcoming events at www.boonshoftmuseum.org.

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Founded in 1919, The Dayton Art Institute is one of the region’s premier fine arts museums. In addition to exhibiting outstanding special exhibitions and impressive collections of art from throughout the world, the museum is renowned for education programming that includes an array of offerings for diverse audiences.
Dive into the rich 100+ years of history at the Dayton Art Institute.

Concerts & Live Music

Welcome to the vibrant world of live music in Dayton, Ohio! Whether you're a local resident or planning a visit, Dayton's music scene offers a diverse range of concerts and live performances that are sure to satisfy any music lover's cravings.

From iconic music venues to intimate clubs, Dayton & Montgomery County has it all. You can catch your favorite chart-topping artists, discover up-and-coming talents, or enjoy the sounds of local musicians who are making waves in the industry. No matter what genre you're into—rock, pop, jazz, country, hip-hop, classical, or everything in between—Dayton's stages are alive with incredible performances waiting to be experienced.

Explore more below, and also get a preview of the 2023 concert season over at our Discover Dayton Blog!

Dayton Trip Ideas

From history to science, ales, arts, festivals, theater and fine dining, Dayton and Montgomery County’s offerings will amaze youThe Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau has compiled some exciting trip ideas to help you Discover Dayton!  Click on the photos below to view the sample itineraries.

DAYCATION Itinerary Suggestions

Scroll below to check-out special offers, and get your creative juices flowing with various Daycation activity ideas. There are plenty of outdoor Daycation activities that allow for easy social distancing.  And, many of Dayton's world-class indoor attractions and museums are now open with safe sanitation and social distancing protocols in place.  
 
When you work up an appetite on your Daycation, you'll find there are loads of restaurants to satisfy those hunger pangs. After a long day of Daycation activities what's more relaxing than landing on a cozy hotel bed for a true "get-away" from it all! Let your cares slip away on your Daycation get-away!

 

Aviation Sites

Dayton taught the world to fly!  
 
Only in Dayton, Ohio can you explore and learn about the entire aviation story---past, present and future.  People from literally all over the world travel to Dayton to experience our authentic, world-class aviation sites and history; we invite you to join them!

Wright Brothers Memorial

The memorial is located at the top of Wright Brothers Hill, overlooking the Huffman Prairie Flying Field where Wilbur and Orville conducted tests of their early flying machines in 1904 and 1905 and where the Wright School of Aviation operated a flying school from 1910 to 1916. A plaque on the  stone wall surrounding the plaza around the Memorial lists the names of the 119 pilots trained at Huffman Prairie. Huffman Prairie Flying Field is where the "Wrights truly learned to fly and perfected flight."  Come to Dayton to stand on the hallowed grounds of Huffman Prairie Flying Field!
 
2380 Memorial Road, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433