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For other places with the same name, see Dayton (disambiguation).
Flyover is a sculpture that retraces the path of the Wright Brothers' first powered airplane flight--located in downtown Dayton.

Dayton is a city of about 141,000 (2016) in the Miami - Scioto basins in Ohio. It is the center of the Dayton-Springfield-Sidney, Ohio metro area with a population of 1,075,000 (2016).


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.


Dayton has a humid continental climate, which means, like the rest of Ohio, that it sees four very distinct seasons.

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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.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • 1 James 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. Dayton International Airport (Q1135486) on Wikidata Dayton International Airport on Wikipedia

By car[edit]

  • 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.

By bus[edit]

Greyhound operates a few long-distance buses to Dayton. The bus station is unfortunately located far out in the suburbs with limited local bus connections.

  • 2 Dayton Trotwood bus station, 5136 Salem Avenue, +1 937-837-6251. Ticket office and station open 5AM-11PM daily.

Get around[edit]

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. Getting on the bus is no longer as easy as putting $2 in the slot; before boarding, you must either install their app on your phone or go to a transit center to buy a reusable card.


National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
  • A total solar eclipse on Monday 8 April 2024 starts at 3:09PM local time and lasts 3 min. The chances of a clear sky are 35%. The track of totality is northeast from Mexico and Texas to Illinois, then across Indiana to Ohio and the Canada–New England border.
  • 1 Miami Valley Trails (Bicycle and Shared Use Paths), 111 E Monument Ave. 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.


  • 2 Wright 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. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Q730187) on Wikidata Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on Wikipedia
  • 3 National 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, one of the bombers that dropped the atomic bombs in Japan in WWII, several former Air Force One Presidential aircraft, and Mercury and Apollo space capsules. Free. National Museum of the United States Air Force (Q1422977) on Wikidata National Museum of the United States Air Force on Wikipedia
  • 4 Huffman 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, . Interpretive Center 8:30AM–5PM daily, Huffman Prairie Flying Field Su-Tu Th-Sa 8AM–6PM. Huffman Prairie is closed on Wednesdays. 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. Huffman Prairie (Q11326651) on Wikidata Huffman Prairie on Wikipedia

Museums & galleries[edit]

Dayton City Hall
  • 5 Wright Cycle Company Complex, 22 S Williams St, +1 937-225-7705, fax: +1 937-225-7706, . 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. Wright Cycle Company (Q8038202) on Wikidata Wright Cycle Company on Wikipedia
  • 6 Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park N, +1 937-223-5277, . 10AM-4PM daily, Th F until 8PM. General admission free. Admission to some special exhibitions may require a fee. Dayton Art Institute (Q597355) on Wikidata Dayton Art Institute on Wikipedia
  • 7 Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, 2600 Deweese Pkwy, +1 937-275-7431. A children's museum of science with numerous exhibits. Boonshoft Museum of Discovery (Q4943702) on Wikidata Boonshoft Museum of Discovery on Wikipedia
  • 8 Carillon 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. Carillon Historical Park (Q5039568) on Wikidata Carillon Historical Park on Wikipedia
  • 9 Dayton 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. A museum devoted to the continuous efforts of achieving world peace. It also honours the peace accords in 1995 that ended the three-year war in Bosnia. Free, but donations greatly appreciated. The International Peace Museum (Q5243547) on Wikidata Dayton International Peace Museum on Wikipedia
  • 10 SunWatch, 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. SunWatch Indian Village (Q1626263) on Wikidata SunWatch Indian Village on Wikipedia

Historic sights[edit]

Stained glass window in St. Mary's Catholic Church, depicting the Adoration of the Shepherds.
  • 11 Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 217 West Fourth St. Historic church completed in 1895. Sacred Heart Church (Q7397158) on Wikidata Sacred Heart Catholic Church (Dayton, Ohio) on Wikipedia
  • 12 St. Mary's Catholic Church, 543 Xenia Ave. Grand church completed in 1909. St. Mary's Catholic Church (Q7590107) on Wikidata St. Mary's Catholic Church (Dayton, Ohio) on Wikipedia


Performing arts[edit]

Schuster Center


Dayton Air Show

Sports and recreation[edit]

Heater - the Dayton Dragons' mascot
  • 2 Dayton Dragons, 220 N Patterson Blvd (Day Air Ballpark), +1 937-228-2287, fax: +1 937-228-2284, . 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. The team's home park is Day Air Ballpark in Dayton, formerly known as Fifth Third Field. Dayton Dragons (Q5243522) on Wikidata Dayton Dragons on Wikipedia
  • Dayton Flyers, 1801 Edwin C. Moses Blvd, +1 937-229-4433, fax: +1 937-229-5239, . 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. Dayton Flyers (Q3074591) on Wikidata Dayton Flyers on Wikipedia
  • 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). Wright State Raiders (Q8038262) on Wikidata Wright State Raiders on Wikipedia
  • 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.


Chapel at University of Dayton
Sculpture at Wright State


  • 1 Dayton Mall, 2700 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd (near the I-75/I-675 interchange in Miami Township), +1 937-433-9834. Dayton Mall (Q5243550) on Wikidata Dayton Mall on Wikipedia
  • 2 Mall at Fairfield Commons (Fairfield Commons Mall), 2727 Fairfield Commons, Beavercreek, +1 937-427-4300. The Mall at Fairfield Commons (Q7749772) on Wikidata The Mall at Fairfield Commons on Wikipedia
  • 3 The 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. The Greene Town Center (Q7738226) on Wikidata The Greene Town Center on Wikipedia
  • 4 Oregon District (in downtown Dayton). Features bars, clubs, restaurants, and specialty shops. Oregon Historic District (Q7101232) on Wikidata Oregon Historic District on Wikipedia
  • 5 Second Street Market.


Marion's Supreme, good example of the unique preparation and small square cuts
  • 1 The Chop House, 7727 Washington Village Drive, +1 937-291-1661. Steakhouse
  • 2 House 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.
  • 3 Marion'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 you have to line up twice, once for food and once for drinks. Marion's Piazza (Q6765042) on Wikidata Marion's Piazza on Wikipedia
  • 4 Milano's, 1834 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.
  • 5 The 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 only accepts cash and does not take reservations. The Pine Club (Q21188740) on Wikidata The Pine Club on Wikipedia
  • 6 Thai 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.
  • 7 Tacqueria Mixteca, 1609 East 3rd Street Dayton (due east of downtown), +1 937-258-2654. Urban hole-in-the-wall with authentic Mexican food and good guacamole.
  • 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.
  • Agnes Eats, 416 E Third St (look for the old WYMPEE sign), +1 937-368-8787. Coco bread and oxtail and other Caribbean entrees.
  • Coco's Bistro, 515 Wayne Avenue, +1 937-228-2626. Lunch M-F 11AM-2PM; dinner M-Th 5-10PM, F Sa 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.
  • 8 Butter Cafe, 1106 Brown St, +1 937-985-9917. 7AM-3PM. They serve organic and free range food.


  • Back Home Tavern & Table, 1151 Brown St, +1 937-716-1780. A UD bar that sees a lot of students, with friendly bartenders and steak fingers and fries and even a brunch.
  • Canal Street Arcade and Deli, 308 E First St, +1 937-220-9333. Interesting place with drinks and reuben sandwiches and arcade games that are free to play.
  • 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.
  • Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave (Oregon District), +1 937-224-7822, . Serves traditional Irish food with some flair and claims to be the #1 seller of Irish whiskey in Ohio.
  • 1 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.
  • 2 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 (SPT), 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.
  • 3 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), complemented 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.






Dayton Metro Library

Go next[edit]

  • 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.
  • Both Cincinnati and Columbus are roughly an hour from Dayton.
  • 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.
Routes through Dayton
IndianapolisRichmond  W  E  SpringfieldColumbus
ToledoPiqua  N  S  MiamisburgCincinnati
MuncieRichmond  W  E  BeavercreekChillicothe

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