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National Museum of the United States Air Force, 1100 Spaatz Street, Dayton, OH 45431
The National Museum of the United States Air Force takes you on a thrilling tour of military aviation history. The tour begins with the Wright Brothers and takes you through the World Wars, the Korean War and the Cold War and has several other galleries including a Space Gallery and the Presidential Gallery, where you can actually walk through many of the presidential aircraft. When you get tired of walking through the massive museum, you can dine at the cafe, explore the store or even catch a show at the massive 400-seat theatre and behold the huge 80 foot by 60 foot screen. This museum is definitely an experience you do not want to miss!
"There is a new hangar with several presidential planes that you can walk through -- it's amazing! What awesome history!"
"Wow, 4 huge buildings completely full of historical aircraft and important artifacts. Many planes you will not see anywhere else. Best part is it's free, heated/air conditioned with plenty of parking. You can spend a couple of days there and not see everything."
"What an amazing museum. We spent five hours there and probably only saw half of it. We will definitely be back when we have more time."
Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton Ohio 45405
Seated atop a hill overlooking downtown Dayton, this beautiful museum exhibits art from around the world. However, it is not simply a place to come and view art. Rather, the museum is also known for it's diverse education programming that includes programs and events for all ages. With a collection spanning 5,000 years of artistic history, you do not want to miss out on this enjoyable experience.
"Beautiful. From the moment you walk in, the architecture is simply stunning. Dayton is lucky to have a place like this."
"The art exhibits are always interesting and the staff are all so polite and informative . The gift shop is great too!"
Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, 2600 Deweese Pkwy, Dayton, OH 45414
This exciting museum provides a fun and educational experience for children of all ages. If you are looking for a great way to spend the day, be sure to explore the museum's interactive exhibits, attend an educational workshop, visit animals at the Discovery Zoo and just have a good time learning!
"Has everything! Keeps people of all ages interested & busy! Lots of learning, hands-on & reading with exhibits."
"I love this place! I highly recommend the planetarium and sphere room! The animals are also amazing!!!"
"Great museum. Very interactive and so much to see and do."
PERFORMING ARTS & EVENTS
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Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, 1 W 2nd St, Dayton, OH 45402
Do you love the arts and are looking for a great place to attend a performance? The Schuster Center is the place to go! This beautiful performing arts center includes a massive 2,300-seat theatre that provides audiences with fantastic aural and visual experiences. Be sure to check out the website for exciting upcoming shows and performances.
"Amazing place for any type of performing arts! Great seats, and such helpful staff! Highly recommend Schuster Center!!"
"We love attending events at the Schuster! It is always beautifully decorated and very clean. There is not a bad seat in the house! They also do an excellent job booking a wide variety and top-notch performers!"
"Love the beautiful Schuster Center. We have been to so many awesome shows! I always look forward to my next trip!"
Dayton Convention Center, 22 E 5th St, Dayton, OH 45402
The Dayton Convention Center is the perfect place to go for festivals, conventions and other exciting and entertaining events!
"This is a great venue for a festival. It's clean and organized and easy to get around. It's centrally located and lots of parking nearby."
"Very nice inside. All the staff were nice and helpful."
PARKS & RECREATION
Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd, Dayton, OH 45409
Interested in learning about the history of Dayton and the impact it has had on the world? Carillon Historical Park is the place to go. This 65-acre park features many educational experiences such as the 151-foot Deeds Carillon, the John W Berry Sr. Wright Brothers Aviation Center, the Carillon Brewing Co., the Heritage Center of Manufacturing & Entrepreneurship, The James F. Dicke Family Transportation Center and the Great 1931 Flood Exhibit. The park includes over 30 historic structures and three million artifacts.
"For anyone wanting to know some history of the Dayton area, this is the place to come. Very entertaining for children, and they learn at the same time!"
"This was a great place to see. The tour guide was very friendly and gave a great presentation to our group."
"The bells are a must to see. The beauty and nature is breath taking. A wonderful place for the entire family."
RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E Monument Ave, Dayton, OH 45402
Located along the banks of the Great Miami River, this park offers a wide variety of exciting activities and events. From outdoor concerts and festivals to boating, camping and hiking you will find plenty to do at this popular Dayton attraction.
"Lots to do! Kayaking, canoeing, rowing, jogging. An open outdoor ice skating rink in the winter. Festivals, food, and entertainment throughout the summer."
"One of my favorite spots in Dayton! Well maintained, a great view of the river, comfortable spots to sit to enjoy lunch, easy access from the trails, lots of fun events, food and foodtrucks and an amazing bike hub!"
Dayton Mall, 2700 Miamisburg Centerville Rd, Dayton, OH 45459
Stores include: Aeropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, The Children's Place, Dick's Sporting Goods, Elder-Beerman, Forever 21, JCPenney, Justice, Macy's, Maurices, Old Navy and Sears
FUN & GAMES
Scene75 Entertainment Center, 6196 Poe Ave, Dayton, OH 45414
Scene75 Entertainment Center is the perfect place to go for a fun and entertaining afternoon. Try the numerous interactive arcade games, take a spin on the indoor go-karts, engage in a thrilling game of laser tag and participate in many more exciting activities such as blacklight mini-golf, mini-bowling, bumper cars, and more!
"A must visit spot for kids and adults alike! The facility is always clean and the staff is always friendly. Good food, lots of drink options, games and other entertainment options all under one roof!"
"Good food and good fun. Hard to find this many activities under one roof."
"Always a fun place to take the family!! Something for adults and kids to do!! Love go carts and the laser tag!!"
Sky Zone Trampoline Park, 976 Senate Dr, Dayton, OH 45459
If you love jumping on your trampoline at home, you are sure to love Sky Zone! This exciting attraction has massive wall-to-wall trampolines and includes other activities such as Skyslam, Ultimate Dodgeball and the Foam Zone.
"Great place for the kids to burn energy.. They have had lots of fun!"
"Excellent venue for burning calories and sharing time with family and friends. Large variety of activities for all ages. Trampoline dodgeball is a must try."