Nearby Attractions

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View of the downtown Dayton skyline.

Local Attractions

After you've visited the park, there are plenty of options to complement your visit to the park and the Dayton area. Here are a few of the major area highlights that are sure to please everyone!

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Aerial view of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

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National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

If you're a fan of aviation, have we got the place for you after you've completed your tour of Dayton Aviation Heritage NHP. Situated to the northeast of downtown Dayton is the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base which is home to the world-renowned National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The museum is home to over three hundred and sixty aerospace vehicles and missiles. Visitors to the museum will find the largest and oldest military aviation museum in the entire world. Aircraft of all shapes and sizes are on display along with special exhibits and events throughout the year. The museum has varied hours of operation. There is free admission to the museum but there is a charge for access to flight simulators and 3D theater. Please visit the museum's website for more details on admission requirements and other visitor services.

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The National Aviation Hall of Fame was chartered nationally by an act of the U. S. 88th Congress, public law 88-372 signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

National Aviation Hall of Fame

National Aviation Hall of Fame
Another great aviation-related place of interest located on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is the National Aviation Hall of Fame. You'll find the Hall of Fame located on the grounds of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Here you'll discover over 14,000 square feet of interpretive displays, flight simulators and interactive exhibits that pay homage to past Hall of Fame enshrinee's. Admission and parking are free. Contact the Hall of Fame for information on hours of operation and directions.
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Wright State University Special Collections & Archives

Whether you're a student looking for information on aviation history or a history buff looking to expand your wealth of knowledge, the Wright State University Libraries Special Collections & Archives may contain what you're in search for. The Special Collections & Archives is open to the public during normal library hours of operation, no appointments are necessary to visit. Visitors are not allowed to remove materials from the collections area and you must register upon each visit. For more information on visiting and accessing the materials, please visit Special Collections & Archives website.

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Dayton Air Show
Gather up the family for two days chock-full of aviation fun! After your visit to the park, head on over to the annual Dayton Air Show. Held annually at the Dayton International Airport, the air show provides a full slate of feature air performers and multiple aircraft on static display. From leisurely watching the Wright B Flyer float across the sky to attentively staring at the thrilling, super-sonic precision of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the Air Show is sure to put an exclamation point on your visit to the park and the Dayton area! Please check the air show website for information on tickets and special offers.
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The Wright "B" Flyer museum

Wright "B" Flyer, Inc.

A few miles south of the park is the museum and hanger for the Wright "B" Flyer, Inc. Those at the Wright "B" Flyer Inc, operate and display "look-alikes" of the world's first production aircraft, the Wright Model B Flyer. Visitors can tour the museum and view a static model of the Flyer and peruse the historic pictures and artifacts relating to the Wright Brothers. Admission to the museum is free. Hours of operation vary so please visit the website to check when the museum is open.


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Click the Dayton CVB logo above to visit their website.
Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau
For a comprehensive list of additional attractions in Dayton and the surrounding area, please visit the Dayton Convention and Visitors Bureau website. From prehistoric Indian cultures to professional baseball, Dayton has what you and your family have been looking for.
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Last updated: January 30, 2018

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