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 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.

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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.

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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.

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

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Paul Laurence Dunbar House Historic Site

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

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.

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Volunteers In Parks

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

Last updated: September 20, 2021

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16 South Williams Street
Dayton , OH 45402


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