Lives of Consequence

Three exceptional men from Dayton, Ohio, Wilbur Wright, Orville Wright and Paul Laurence Dunbar, found their creative outlet here through accomplishments and failures, and finally success. However, these men offered the world something far greater, they offered the world hope, and the ability to take a dream and make it a reality.
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Watch and listen to Ranger Bob Petersen as he explains how the Wright brothers' work in their 4th bicycle shop, now part of the park, cemented the site's legacy as the birthplace of aviation.

A set of front doors surrounded by glass and a red brick facade.

Hours of Operation

Wondering if the visitor centers are open today? Check the park's seasonal hours of operation to help plan your visit to the sites.

A picture of a Wright brothers plane on the Jr. Ranger logo background

Become a Junior Ranger

Opportunities for kids to earn their very own Junior Ranger badge exist at both visitor centers and the Paul Laurence Dunbar house.

A stuffed teddy bear in front of an image of the earth

Where's Wilbear?

Wilbear Wright, the official ambassador to the park, needs your help as we celebrate the National Park Service!

A replica Wright brothers plane flies low to the ground with trees in the background

Park Information

Before you leave your house, let us help you make your plans for your visit. Information on park hours and events can also be found here.

A house in foreground and image of Paul Dunbar in background

Paul Laurence Dunbar House Historic Site

The Paul Laurence Dunbar House Historic Site now offers free tours and admission when open.

Bicyclists gathered at a river overlook

Bike with a Ranger

The 2018 season has ended. Check back for next year's schedule and learn how you can sign up to take part!

A caricature of a runner and biker with a water bottle in between

Explore Dayton's Aviation Places

Whether you walk, run or hike to Dayton's aviation places, you can earn an official Aviation Trail water bottle.

Katherine Wright (left) and Harriet Sillman (right)

People, Places & Stories

Learn about the intriguing people, the historic places and the cherished stories that make up this park.

The print shop where the Wright brothers worked before their aviation days

History & Culture

The print shop on Third and Williams streets in Dayton, Ohio where the Wright brothers worked prior to their bicycle and aviation days.

School kids on a field trip to the park

Parks as Classrooms

Educators, supplement your classroom learning when you visit the Education section for free, downloadable curriculum materials.

The prairie and program logos

Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Program

Teachers, ever thought about working in a national park for the summer? Learn what opportunities exist for you at Dayton's national park.

Visitors in a field during a park event


Let us help you get to the park with directions to the park's visitor centers and the Paul Laurence Dunbar house.

Replica 1902 glider in the visitor center

Official Park Photos

Photos grouped together in multiple galleries for viewing and downloading as well as the NPS Museum online database photos.

The VIP logo

Volunteers In Parks

Looking for a rewarding and memorable experience? Become a Volunteer In Park (VIP) and help us fulfill our mission.

Brick facade entrance of the WDIC


We can't do it alone. Therefore, the park is fortunate to have lasting affiliations with many partners who help us in our mission.

The Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center and NPS Law Enforcement badge

Laws & Policies

Important information about the laws and policies pertaining to firearms and concealed carry in the park units.

Last updated: March 12, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

16 South Williams Street
Dayton, OH 45402


(937) 225-7705

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