• Dayton's National Park

    Dayton Aviation Heritage

    National Historical Park Ohio

Plan A Field Trip

Students visiting the Wright Cycle Company building.

Students tour the Wright Cycle Company building with a Park Ranger.

National Park Service

Making the Most of Your Visit

First your school group will need to make a reservation prior to your visit.

This is so we can make sure that your class does not overlap with another group and provide your class the best experience possible. Field trips are a special time for you and your class so we want to make the most of your visit.

Our park offers two locations to visit: the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center and the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center.

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park is open daily, seven days a week from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. All programs are free.

To schedule a reservation for your school group via email click here or call us at
(937) 225-7705 or (937) 425-0008.

Please review the rules and responsibilities before you arrive.

We recommend the following discussion with your students prior to your field trip.

  • What is an Interpretive Center?

An Interpretive Center (or Visitor Center) is a place where original objects are collected, displayed and preserved (or cared for) so that the public can enjoy them and learn from them.

  • What will we see at the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center or the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center?

At the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center, you will learn about three prominent Daytonians: Wilbur Wright, Orville Wright, and Paul Laurence Dunbar, their accomplishments, and their legacies. At this location, visitors will walk through an original print shop and bicycle shop in which the Wright brothers worked. Interactive exhibits will explain the methods the Wright brothers used in order to invent the first airplane. Visitors can also listen to Dunbar poems, view family portraits, and investigate historical documents.

At the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center, visitors will continue learning about the Wright brothers' accomplishments in Dayton. Interactive exhibits and displays follow the trajectory of aviation history.

  • What can we do at these Interpretive Centers?

Be curious. Here is a chance to discover and explore things you can not see anywhere else. You will be explorers and detectives, using your eyes, minds and imagination to learn about the past from our skilled staff.

  • Where are the Interpretive Centers located?

The Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center is located at 16 South Williams Street (corner of West Third and South Williams).

The Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center is located on Wright Brothers Hill at 2380 Memorial Road, Wright-Patterson AFB.

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