Bucket List: Top 10 Best Things to Do in Dayton, Ohio

Dayton Bucket List: 10 Best Places to Visit in Dayton, Ohio, USA

Dayton, Ohio, is known worldwide for its great contribution to aviation and rich history. The Gem City of Ohio is also famous for its ballet, contemporary dance company, and opera. If you are looking for the best things to do in Dayton, Ohio, then we got you covered.

To add to your itinerary, we gathered the 10 best things to do in Dayton, Ohio.

National Museum of the United States Air Force

An overhead gallery view of the fourth building aircraft at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, including the Boeing VC-137C SAM 26000 used as Air Force One by Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon. By KLaRock – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, CC

One of the major attractions in Dayton, Ohio, is the National Museum of the United States Air Force, the official museum of the US Air Force. The museum is an excellent place to go for the whole family and those interested in military history.

Situated at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the museum was founded in 1923, exhibiting rare aircraft, memorabilia, and aviation history artifacts and development.

Dayton Art Institute

Dayton Art Institute By Rdikeman at the English-language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, CC

Considered as one of the top 10 best art museums for children in the US, the Dayton Art Institute is a fine arts museum originally established in 1919 and moved to a new location in 1930.

Today, the Italian Renaissance museum holds over 20,000 pieces of art collections. Some of the museum’s famous collections are After the Bath, Allegory of the Four Seasons, and Shimmering Madness.

Five Rivers MetroParks

Five Rivers MetroParks photo via FB Page

A must-visit in Dayton is the public park district, the Five Rivers MetroParks. The 15,400 acres public park consists of 25 facilities offering plenty of activities to do in the Dayton metropolitan district.

Some of the activities in the park include hiking, mountain biking, and horse riding. The park also has a golf course area and a butterfly house.

Carillon Historical Park

Carillon Historical Park photo via FB Page

Another must-visit tourist attraction for history lovers is the 65-acre park and museum, the Carillon Historical Park. The museum will walk you through exhibits telling the history of technology, Dayton, and its inhabitants, dating back from 1796.

Carillon Historical Park was founded by Colonel Edward Deeds in 1940 and consists of Kettering Family Education Center, Wright Brothers Aviation Center, and other exhibits.

America’s Packard Museum

America’s Packard Museum By Csnoke at English Wikipedia, CC BY 3.0, CC

Visiting America’s Packard Museum is a wonderful way to step back in time to see beautiful vintage cars. The Citizens Motorcar Company, known as America’s Packard Museum, was built in 1917 and turned into a museum exhibiting Packard automobiles and memorabilia.

In 2004, the museum won the James Bradley Award of the Society of Automotive Historians and was considered as one of the top 10 automotive museums in the US.

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery By Texas141 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, CC

If you travel to Dayton with kids, head to the children’s museum, the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. The museum is also a science and technology center and zoo that will certainly keep your kids entertained.

Originally established in 1893, the museum consists of a planetarium, skeletons, native live animals, and other interactive activities such as the climbing area. Neisur the Mummy is also one of the museum’s great collections from Egypt.

SunWatch Indian Village Archaeological Park

SunWatch Indian Village Archaeological Park By Andrew Sawyer a.k.a. Asawyer sunwatch.

The perfect place to discover about the 800-year-old lifestyle of American Indians is at the SunWatch Indian Village Archeological Park. The area is the best place to go for family trips, especially with kids.

The facility offers an informative indoor and outdoor museum to explore the Indian Village. Visitors can also watch a short film in the theater; explore the village and its inhabitant’s history and artifacts.

Victoria Theatre

Victory Theatre in Dayton, OH By Greg5030 Photo by Greg Hume – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, CC

The Victoria Theatre is a nostalgic and historical theatre situated in Downtown Dayton. The theatre consists of 1,154 seats where various concerts, broadways shows, and theatrical plays are being performed.

Founded in 1866, the Victoria Theatre is known for the various plays performed, such as the “Hairspray” and “The Phantom of the Opera.”

Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm

Aullwood Audubon photo by Tom Hissong via FB Page

For nature tripping activities, visit the Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm. The place is perfect for kids and consists of many areas to explore. Visitors can hike through an intertwining network of trails and explore the 200-acre nature sanctuary.

There are also discovery rooms and classrooms with various interactive and informative exhibits, games, and live native animals such as snakes and turtles.

Oregon District

Oregon Historic District by Nyttend via Wikipedia CC

For a more local experience, visit the historical Oregon district. Situated in the heart of Dayton, Oregon, is a 12-block neighborhood with 1820’s historical structures built back in the Victorian era.

At present, tourists can explore the neighborhood’s historical architecture, and at the same time, do some shopping and dining at local cafes and bars.


  • Hamper, 12 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Dayton, OH, Planet Ware
  • 25 Best Things to Do in Dayton (Ohio), The Crazy Tourist
  • (2021), 22 Best Things to Do in Dayton, Ohio, Vacation Idea

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