Dayton is known as the Gem City and it's no wonder. In addition to being the birthplace of aviation (the Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, lived here and perfected their design for the first practical aircraft), it is also home to one of the few multi-site National Parks in the U.S.- the Dayton Aviation Heritage Park. There are several things to do and see in the city and its suburbs.
being situated in the Midwest, winters are cold. Snowfall isn't particularly excessive; but it can at times fall at a rate that will cause havoc with traffic.
often cool, with cold and mild days sprinkled throughout the period. Storms during this period may produce tornadoes.
characteristically hot and humid. While the thermometer may read one number in the summer, it will often feel hotter due to humidity.
Autumn in Dayton and Southwest Ohio is usually cool, but an extension of summer-like days into this season is possible. Storms seem to increase during this season too, which, due to the fluctuation of temperatures can produce extremely dangerous storms with the potential of producing tornadoes late into the year.
39.9025-84.2194441James M. Cox Dayton International Airport (DAY IATA), 3600 Terminal Dr (Vandalia), ☎ +1 937 454-8200. James M. Cox Dayton International Airport (DAY, KDAY) is in the northern part of the metropolitan area. Nonstop service is available from Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Minneapolis, Newark, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. (IAD and DCA). Dayton is the nation's number one 90-minute air market, meaning the city can be reached in 90 minutes or less by 55 percent of the population. A surprising and very nice feature is free Wi-Fi, which can be accessed under the name of "public" in the airport. Before August 2013, there was no public bus service going to the airport, which made Dayton International Airport the second-busiest airport in the continental United States without a public transportation option. Today, the local busing authority, the RTA, offers service three times daily on Route 43. Cabs from the downtown area to the airport cost at least $30. (updated May 2018)
Interstates 70 and 75, major cross-country routes, meet just north of Dayton near the airport, making Dayton easily accessible by car from almost anywhere in the region.
I-75 runs from north to south through downtown Dayton. Dayton is less than one hour from Cincinnati and about two and a half hours from Toledo on this road.
I-70 runs east to west across the northern part of the Dayton area. To the west, Indianapolis is about two hours away; to the east, Columbus is about one hour away.
I-675 is an eastern interstate by-pass for Dayton that connects with I-70 at the north end and I-75 at the south end.
U.S. 35 is another important expressway, providing access primarily from places to the east and southeast. The road has been improved to a limited-access freeway as far east as Chillicothe, making Charleston, West Virginia 4 hours away to the south and east.
Travel in the region is easy by car and you can move from the urban city to the rural county in minutes. The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority operates bus routes (including electric trolley bus service) within Montgomery County.
39.764687-84.189981Miami Valley Trails (Bicycle and Shared Use Paths), 111 E Monument Ave, Dayton OH 45402. Ohio's Miami Valley area offers an outstanding system of trails and bikeways for residents and visitors. Over 300 mi (480 km) of trails stretch across ten counties surrounding the Dayton and Springfield region. The Little Miami Scenic Trail is the most popular, but only the beginning of the fun.
39.823056-84.0494442Wright Patterson Air Force Base, ☎ +1 937 257-1111. Wright Patt is a significant part of the local economy with some 23,000 employees and a reason behind most tourism, boasting the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and the Huffman Prairie Flying Field where the Wright Brothers perfected their flying skills in 1904-05.
39.782-84.10893National Museum of the U. S. Air Force, 1100 Spaatz St (follow any highway to Col Glenn Highway, right on Col Glenn to Wright Bros Pkwy, turn right on WB Pkwy to Springfield St, turn right on Springfield to museum entrance; access through Gate 28B), ☎ +1 937 258-1218, fax: +1 937 258-3816. 9AM-5PM daily, Closed fourth Th of Nov, 25 Dec, and 1 Jan. The world's largest military aviation museum with over 300 aircraft on display from the earliest days of aviation to modern prototypes. It is well maintained and interesting even for non aviation buffs. Highlights include the B-2 (stealth) bomber and Mercury space capsule. Free.
39.803333-84.0658334Huffman Prairie Flying Field & Interpretive Center, 2380 Memorial Rd (Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Huffman Prairie Flying Field: Access through Gate 16A), ☎ +1 937 425-0008, fax: +1 937 425-0011, e-mail: email@example.com. Interpretive Center 8:30AM–5PM daily, Huffman Prairie Flying Field Su-Tu Th-Sa 8AM–6PM. Huffman Prairie is closed on Wednesdays. Both Huffman Prairie and the Interpretive Center are closed on major holidays. The museum is on an Air Force base and therefore may be subject to unannounced and immediate closures. Huffman Prairie is part of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park which also includes the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center, the Wright Cycle Company building, the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center, the Paul Laurence Dunbar State Memorial and Carillon Historical Park, which houses the original 1905 Wright Flyer III.
39.75365-84.2119925Wright Cycle Company Complex, 22 S Williams St, ☎ +1 937 225-7705, fax: +1 937 225-7706, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 8:30AM–5PM, Closed 4th Th of Nov, 25 Dec, and 1 Jan. The Wright Cycle Company complex consists of two adjoining buildings: the Hoover Block, also known as the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center and Aviation Trail Visitor Center and Museum, along with the Wright Cycle Company building. The Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center is the main visitor center for the park, and occupies the restored Hoover Block building. In 1892, the Wrights opened a bicycle repair shop in addition to their printing business. From 1895 until 1897, both businesses were located at 22 S Williams St, “known as the Wright Cycle Company,” the fourth of five locations for their bicycle business. Free.
39.730833-84.19758Carillon Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd, ☎ +1 937 293-2841, fax: +1 937 293-5798. M-Sa 9:30AM-5PM, Su noon-5PM, Closed on 4th Th of Nov, 24-25 Dec, 31 Dec-1 Jan. Carillon Park is an outside historical museum containing original historic homes that have been moved there. It is sort of like Greenfield Village in Michigan, but smaller. It contains artifacts from NCR, the Wright Brothers, and more. $8, Children (3-17) $5, Seniors $7, Members and children (Under 3)free.
39.7629-84.19669Dayton International Peace Museum, 208 W Monument Ave (SW corner of Monument Ave and Wilkinson St), ☎ +1 937 227-3223. Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 1PM-5PM, Closed on major holidays and on days with severe weather. Free, but donations greatly appreciated.
39.7163-84.231610SunWatch, 2301 W River Rd, ☎ +1 937 268-8199. Tu-Sa 9AM-5PM, Su noon-5PM. An interpretive Indian village and archeological park. $5, children/seniors $3.
Dayton Ballet, ☎ +1 937 228-3630, fax: +1 937 449-5068. The Ballet performs at two locations so be sure to call and find out where the performance will be held. Tickets sales are managed by Ticket Center Stage.
Encore Theater Company (ETC). ETC performs in various locations in Downtown Dayton, including: the Mathile Theatre in the Schuster Center, the rooftop of the Firefly Building (123 Webster St), the Litehouse Town Home (123 Patterson). Encore Theater Company's mission is to perform new or rarely performed works of musical theater.
Dayton Dragons, 220 N Patterson Blvd (Fifth Third Field), ☎ +1 937 228-2287, fax: +1 937 228-2284, e-mail: email@example.com. Box office hour M-F 10AM-5PM (until 9PM on game days), Sa Su noon-4PM (closed on non game days). The Minor League Baseball Dayton Dragons are a Cincinnati Reds farm team that plays in a beautiful stadium downtown and abuts the new Riverfront development. Catch the laser light show during the summer months.
Dayton Flyers, 1801 Edwin C. Moses Blvd, ☎ +1 937 229-4433, fax: +1 937 229-5239, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Sports teams of the University of Dayton, competing in NCAA Division I in seven men's and 10 women's sports. Most teams play in the Atlantic 10 Conference, while the football team plays in the Pioneer Football League, a football-only conference in the second-level Division I FCS that does not allow its members to award scholarships (all of that league's members award scholarships in other sports). The most notable team is in men's basketball, a frequent NCAA tournament participant. Most athletic facilities are on campus, most notably UD Arena (basketball), which hosts the "First Four" round of the immensely popular NCAA men's basketball tournament. The football team plays off-campus at Welcome Stadium, owned by the local (K–12) school district.
Wright State Raiders. Sports teams of Wright State University, in nearby Fairborn (though with a Dayton mailing address), competing in NCAA Division I in seven men's and nine women's sports in the Horizon League. Unlike UD, Wright State does not have a football team; without that sport, the hot-button sport on campus is typically men's basketball. Like UD, most of WSU's athletic facilities are on campus, with the most notable being the Nutter Center (basketball).
The Riverscape is beautifully landscaped and hosts cultural events weekly during the summer. During the winter, there is an outdoor ice rink set up with skate rental available.
The Bikeway runs through downtown Dayton, following the river and offers a nice recreational activity for the family.
National College - Dayton, 1837 Woodman Center Dr, Kettering, ☎ +1 937 299-9450. A health care training college.
39.7837-84.08384Air Force Institute of Technology, 2950 Hobson Way. On Wright-Pattseron Air Force Base, this is the Air Force's main technical school for graduate degrees, offering Masters and Ph.D. courses in fields ranging from Logistics and Program Management to Aeronautical Engineering and Physics.
39.695-84.1023The Greene, 51 Plum St, Beavercreek (Turn west from exit 10 off of I-675), ☎ +1 937 490-4900. An up-scale dining and shopping facility. The outdoor lifestyle center has stores and restaurants ranging from Sephora and Coldwater Creek, to the Cheesecake Factory and Bd's Mongolian Grill.
39.755278-84.1844444Oregon District. In downtown Dayton features bars, clubs, restaurants, and specialty shops.
39.721398-84.061982House of Thai, 3230 Seajay Dr, Beavercreek (Across street from Beaver Valley Mall and Lofino), ☎ +1 937 429-2236. M-F 11AM-3PM, dinner M-Th 5PM-9PM, F 5PM-9:30PM, Sa noon-9:30PM, Su 11AM-9:30PM. Excellent and most authentic Thai restaurant in the Fairborn - Xenia - Beavercreek area. Traditional Pad Thai, curry dishes and lot of Thai specialties. Sushi is also available. Lunch $8, dinner $10-15.
39.79728-84.193433Marion's Piazza, 3443 N Dixie Dr, ☎ +1 937 277-6553. This unique and delicious style of pizza, intensely popular with the locals, has been a part of Dayton traditions for over 40 years, and is a must try for anyone visiting the area. The Dayton tradition for pizza is to cut it into a multitude of small square pieces. Décor is not much more that a typical fast food restaurant and have to queue twice, once for food and once for drinks.
39.73464-84.1805254Milano's, 1820 Brown St, ☎ +1 937 222-7072. A popular restaurant on Brown Street immediately to the West of the UD campus featuring pizza and baked subs. Mixed crowd during the day, becomes a college bar after 9. Also frequented by more affluent suburban families and professionals. Newly renovated interior features sleek, "modern" design while still being fairly warm in atmosphere.
39.733889-84.185The Pine Club, 1926 Brown St, ☎ +1 937 228-7463. M-Th 4PM-midnight, F Sa 4:30PM-12:30AM. An excellent steakhouse located just off of the campus of the University of Dayton, this is one of the areas most renowned restaurants. The restaurant is famously only accepts cash and does not take reservations. Check their website out for more details. $$+.
39.756866-84.1858246Thai 9, 11 Brown St, ☎ +1 937 222-3227. M-F 11:30AM-2:30PM, Su-Th 5PM-9:30PM, F Sa 5PM-10PM. A trendy Thai restaurant on the West end of the Oregon District featuring traditional Thai specialties and sushi. Free parking.
39.763116-84.1704897Tacqueria Mixteca, 1609 East 3rd Street Dayton (Due east of downtown), ☎ +1 937 258-2654. Urban hole-in-the-wall with the area's best, most authentic Mexican food. Be sure to get the guacamole. El Cheapo.
Little Saigon, 1718 Woodman Drive Kettering, ☎ +1 937 258-8010. Tasty, inexpensive Vietnamese food with a huge menu, especially in terms of vegetarian options with a variety of meat alternatives.
Olive, an urban dive, 416 e third st (Look for the old WYMPEE sign). Gourmet, locally sourced food with a Mediterranean flair, located in a tiny diner downtown.
Coco's Bistro, 515 Wayne Avenue, ☎ +1 937 228-2626. Lunch M-F 11-2; dinner M-Th 5-10pm, F & S 5-11pm; closed Sunday. Coco's sets the high standard for Dayton area restaurants. It's a great place for a business lunch, drinks at the friendly (but small) bar, or for a nice dinner with a date or friends. Lunch $10, Dinner $20-30.
Bargos Grill and Tap, 1151 Brown St, ☎ +1 937 449-0971. A UD bar with a ton of TVs, pool table, patio, and the best chicken tenders in the area. There is also another location in Centerville.
Canal Street Tavern, 308 E First St, ☎ +1 937 461-9343. Hole-in-the-wall bar that hosts bands and concerts. The place does not accept credit cards nor does it have an ATM so be prepared.
The Crowne Plaza View 162, 33 E Fifth St (One block W of the Oregon District in the Crowne Plaza Hotel), ☎ +1 937 224-7822. On the 14th floor of the Crowne Plaza, it offers wonderful city view of Dayton. Features live jazz on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and cocktails.
The Fieldhouse, 1126 Brown St, ☎ +1 937 461-2111. A classic college bar popular with University of Dayton. Specialty is the Fishbowl, a large concoction of assorted liquors in many flavors for sharing. Collectible pint glass refill specials on Thursday nights feature catchy slogans.
Flanagan's, 101 E Stewart, ☎ +1 937 228-5776. 11AM-2:30AM. A UD bar with a more mature atmosphere frequented by students, alumni, and locals. Well known for their St. Patrick's Day party.
South Park Tavern, 1301 Wayne Ave, ☎ +1 937 586-9526. A friendly neighborhood bar & pizza place (serving Pizza Factory pizzas & calzones). The staff of SPT have been expanding their service over the past year to include a large bar featuring 18 taps, many craft beers & micro-brews, a great outdoor patio space, and live music. A popular location for Historic South Park neighbors to gather on the weekends.
Tank's Bar & Grill, 2033 Wayne Ave, ☎ +1 937 252-45410. Solid place to grab a drink and get a nice lunch. Excellent Over-Stuff Sandwiches, Burgers and Hot Dogs. Popular with locals. Also a great idea if you are headed to a University of Dayton basketball game, they have a shuttle bus that will take you from the bar to the game. $-$$.
The Trolley Stop, 530 E Fifth St, ☎ +1 937 461-1101. Also on the far eastern end of the Oregon District. A relaxed bar featuring live local music most days of the week, with a comfortable patio outdoors and a party house available for rental.
The Century Bar, A Bourbon House, 10 S. Jefferson St. (2 blocks north of the Convention Center), ☎ +1 937 223-3822. This classic but casual downtown after-dinner nightspot features 60+ bourbon whiskeys (think Kentucky), complimented by a variety of American and Canadian whiskeys. The expert bar staff will educate even the most timid palate and enlighten connoisseurs. Draft and bottle beers round out the choices to make you feel at home with the 1862 back bar.
Caesar Creek State Park, northeast corner of Warren County, I-71 exit 45, Route 73 west, southeast of Dayton. 285 campsites, electrical hook-ups. The campground offers showers, flush toilets, pet camping, horseman's camp with 30 sites, two camper cabins, one cedar cabin, 2,830-acre lake, unlimited horsepower, boating, water skiing, five launch ramps, forty-three miles of hiking trails, thirty-one miles of bridle trail, horsemen's camp, five-mile mountain bike trail, 3½-mile novice trail, hunting, fishing, picnic areas, tables, grills, drinking water, nine picnic shelters, day lodge, a meeting room, kitchen, outdoor tables, grills, 1,300-foot beach, concession area, changing booths, nature center, naturalist programs year round, pioneer village with 15 historic buildings depicting life in early 1800s. Playground equipment, basketball court, games and sports equipment.
Cute shops abound within walking distance in historic Centerville, a nearby suburb of Dayton. It also has the largest collection of historic stone houses in the US.
Visit nearby college town Oxford, home of Public Ivy Miami University, about 45 minutes southwest.
The nearby community of Yellow Springs is highly recommended, offering a unique and eclectic downtown shopping experience and great outdoor recreation.
Approximately 45 minutes south on State Route 48 is Lebanon, Ohio, which is a rich historic town and also home to the Fort Ancient Archaeological dig, one of the largest Native American historical sites in the United States.
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