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The sky’s the limit in Dayton, the “Birthplace of Aviation,” with an array of sites honoring the early days of flying. You’ll also find history museums galore and opportunities to hike and bike throughout a beautiful community. The Gem City is bursting with innovation: More patents have been issued here than in any other U.S. city.

Wooden airplane in the museum

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Aviation Heritage

Start your Dayton tour at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, the largest military aviation museum in the world. Explore more than 200 planes and hundreds of exhibits spanning aviation history, from the early wood-and-canvas aircraft all the way to the stealth planes of the modern era. Don’t miss the Behind the Scenes Tour of the Restoration Hangar for a glimpse of planes as they’re being refurbished.

The Wright Stuff

Aviation Heritage National Historical Park is home to the Wright Brothers Bicycle Shop, where two brothers dared to dream of human-engineered flight more than 100 years ago. Huffman Prairie Flying Field offers a chance to see where their dreams took flight. This National Historic Landmark provides an Interpretive Center and is home to the original 1905 Wright Flyer III.

Martin B-26G Marauder at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

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Build ’n’ Eat

The Proto BuildBar is a one-of-a-kind destination. At this maker space, creative-minded visitors can watch their dreams go from the drawing board to 3-D reality. Experience the Proto Print Lab, where a design from the computer is created for you one layer at a time with plastic or other materials. Another popular attraction is Proto Make, which lets you assemble cool electrical items.

Dayton Does Nature

Outdoor enthusiasts will love Five Rivers MetroParks, a regional public park system that’s made up of conservatories with outdoor recreation and educational programs. Here, Cox Arboretum is the perfect place to connect with nature, with nature trails that wend through gardens and mazes. Check out the Butterfly House, home to hundreds of colorful insects.

For More Information

Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau

800-221-8235

www.daytoncvb.com

Ohio Tourism Division

800-282-5393

www.ohio.org