Dayton Ohio is known as the Birthplace of Aviation, so it makes sense to fly into this great Mid-West city and start your visit straight away from the airport. Rent a car at Dayton Airport (DAY) to be fully independent and make the most of your stay in one of the friendliest cities in the USA.
Dayton is indeed the Birthplace of Aviation, and for any aviation buff, Dayton will not disappoint. Being the home of the Wright Brothers, Dayton is still a focal point for aerospace technology with the Air Force Research labs right in the city. Also, it has over 16 aviation-themed attractions.
A visit to the National Museum of the Air Force is fascinating for the whole family. It is the oldest and largest aviation museum in the world! After learning about the most powerful air force in the world, head over to the Wright family mansion, Hawthorn Hill, and find out how it all began. This is Orville’s personal home and has been preserved as a national historic site just as it was back in the 1900’s.
If you can’t get enough of aerospace history, drive out to the one-of-a-kind Armstrong Air and Space Museum in Wapakoneta, Neil Armstrong’s hometown. Although a tribute to Armstrong himself, this museum, is a monument to Ohio’s many contributions and legends in the aviation and space exploration field, both historic and contemporary. It is situated approximately 60 miles north of Dayton and its interactive displays and activities for the kids will have the whole family engaged with this fascinating part of America’s identity.
If it’s time to get outside, check out any number of Dayton’s Five Rivers Metroparks, dotted around the city totaling 16,000 acres of urban green space. Bike lanes connect the city parks and outdoor recreation, bird watching, and interactive nature activities for children are sure to make for a great day visiting outdoors Dayton.
After exploring the area’s museums and outdoors, don't miss out on Dayton’s thriving brewery scene. Dayton may be the home of aviation, but it is also generally seen as the birthplace of the microbrewery, with the first one opening over 200 years ago. Today there are ten extremely popular breweries open to visitors. Alternatively, you can ride along with a Brew Tour to get a good sampling.
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