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10 Places to Visit in Dayton

10 Places to Visit in Dayton

Nearly any type of adventure lover will find a home in Dayton. People who love trying new types of food, adventure seekers, sports lovers, and everyone in between will find something to do in Dayton OH this weekend. Take a look at our list of 10 favorite places to visit, whether it be museums, local restaurants, or the city zoo, you'll be surprised you can visit a new place every weekend and still have lots leftover to see.


If you can only visit one aviation museum in Dayton, you should go to the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center. This building is a National Historic Landmark because this was the location where the Wright Cycle Company was founded. The center also features poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. Dunbar was one of the first important African-American authors in American literature. You can learn about these important Dayton natives from a film at the center.

Do you know what the Wright Brothers were before they were airmen? They were in the bicycle and printing businesses! When you visit this center, you will also learn about the Wright Brothers’ early years.

 Dayton, Ohio 45402 16 S. Williams St.

If you are looking for a more expansive history of aviation, check out the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Founded in 1923, this is the world’s largest and oldest military aviation museum as well as one of the most-visited attractions in Dayton. The museum has over one million people who visit every year!

There are more than 340 aerospace vehicles and other objects to explore in the museum’s massive 16 acres of indoor space. Visitors can stroll through history by the years and see how things developed and changed over time. There are many exciting activities, like sitting in the pilot seat of a jet or walking through a NASA training space shuttle.

Not yet convinced that you should visit? How about seeing the first Northrop B-2 stealth bomber put on display in the world?

  1100 Spaatz Street Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433

The America's Packard Museum was created in 1992 by Robert Signom II, an avid car collector. The museum’s building was built in 1917 as a Packard dealership, and when the museum moved in, they took the same name as the original dealership (Citizens Motorcar Company) but it is now called the Packard Museum.

When you visit The America's Packard Museum, you can see more than 50 Packard cars (built from 1903 to 1956) in the showroom which is the biggest collection of Packard cars in existence.

 420 S Ludlow St, Dayton, OH 45402

The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra is Dayton’s eminent professional orchestra. They were created in 1933. The Masterworks Series hosted by The Dayton Philharmonic is a breathtaking celebration of classical composers.

The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra performs at The Schuster Performing Arts Center. The center is a great venue for all types of musical and entertainment events. You can also find a big selection of concerts as well as holiday concerts on their website.

 One West Second Street Dayton, Ohio 45402

a woman sitting on the grass in a park

It's a pleasure to stroll around Cox Arboretum and take in the views and vegetation. Enjoy the peace and grandeur of trees and shrubs that have been artfully placed to spark the imagination. Visit the fascinating sights, the rock garden and butterfly house. The park and arboretum span 189 acres and is free to access every day.

 6733 N Springboro Pike, Dayton, OH 45449



a plate of tacos and a drink on a table

Agave & Rye Centerville

Mexican, Bar

Agave & Rye Centerville makes some of the best Mexican Food in Centerville. Their bourbon is as sweet and rich as a setting sun. At Agave & Rye, each bite is a party, and each sip is a toast. Give them a taste!

 11 N Main St, Centerville, OH 45459


Restaurant, Mediterranean, Vegan

Olive, a self-described urban dive, is arguably Dayton’s most accommodating restaurant. Offering gluten-free, paleo-friendly, vegetarian, vegan and multi-allergy options, Olive has something to please everyone. The restaurant creates its meals from as many local, organic and free-range sources as possible to ensure the highest quality. Re-purposing the former home of a Wympee diner, Dayton’s first drive-in built-in 1938, Olive has a unique, Chicago bistro-inspired ambiance inside, while the outside remains the same, including the signage. Like the fast-food restaurants of a bygone era, Olive seeks to make its customer service paramount, the perfect side to its tasty Mediterranean-American fare.

 44 W Third St Dayton, OH 45402

Marion’s Piazza

Pizza, American, Italian

This small pizza chain, founded in 1965, has since grown to nine locations in the Dayton area, thanks to strong community recommendations. Marion's Piazza is a local favorite that serves a variety of thin-crust pizzas. The Centerville location is on N. Main Street.

 8991 Kingsridge Drive, Dayton, OH 45458

filet mignon at Manna

Manna Uptown

European, South American, Fine Dining

Manna serves a taste of modern French and Peruvian food by Chef Margot Blondet. They showcase the artistry of the chefs and bar makers. The menu highlights include ponzu salmon, filet mignon, and panca cauliflower steak. Pair it with one of their great cocktails or wines!

 61 W Franklin St, Dayton, OH 45459


Restaurant, Thai, Sushi, Vegan-Friendly

Founded in 2002, Thai 9 Restaurant offers authentic Thai food and also sushi. Customer favorites include the Crab Rangoon, Pineapple Fried Rice, Pad Thai, Mango Sticky Rice, and sushi. This local restaurant in Dayton's Oregon Historic District also has a wide selection of wine, craft beer, and liquor.

Careful, if they say a dish is spicy … it’s probably very spicy! But they have something for everyone, both adventurous eaters and not-so spicy eaters. Try out this great family-owned restaurant!

 11 Brown St Dayton, OH 45402