Places To Go
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Dayton's National Park
There are many great national park places to visit in the Dayton area when it comes to invention, innovation and literature. From the Wright-Dunbar Visitor Center to the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center, all of these great locations will enhance your aviation knowledge and inspire you to want more. If you want to learn about the Wright brothers and Paul Laurence Dunbar then Dayton's national park sites are the places to be!
Learn more about the park's two interpretive centers, or visitor centers, located in Dayton. Either one or both of them will serve as great starting points as you begin your aviation heritage tour.
Paul Laurence Dunbar State Memorial
Six blocks from the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center, you can visit and take a tour of the Dunbar House. Once there you can learn about the renowned poet, Paul Laurence Dunbar and his mother Matilda. The house also documents Dunbar's travels, lifestyle and poetry. Dunbar purchased this house for his mother in 1904 and completed his last work here before his death in 1906. This gifted and prolific writer produced over 400 poems, novels, plays, short stories, and lyrics. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977. For more information, visit the park's Dunbar State Memorial page.
National Aviation Heritage Area
National Aviation Heritage Area (NAHA) is a private, not for profit corporation which manages the heritage area. It seeks to conserve, interpret, develop and promote the historic resources of the NAHA. Visit the NAHA website to learn more about their mission and upcoming events.
Carillon Historical Park
From one of our visitor centers, we can provide you with information about one of the park's partners, Carillon Historical Park. There, you can sign up for a tour of Hawthorn Hill (Orville Wright's mansion) or view the original 1905 Wright Flyer III.
The Wright Cycle Company
Ohio's National Park Service Sites
If you're in Ohio and you have a few days to spare after your visit to Dayton Aviation Heritage NHP, consider visiting Ohio's other national park sites. Ohio has eight total National Park Service sites with three of them located within 100 minutes from Dayton Aviation Heritage NHP. Learn more about Ohio's national parks and experience your national parks in Ohio!