- The list below includes 89 free or cheap things to do in or near Dayton, Ohio, including 69 different types of inexpensive activities like Movie Theaters, Specialty Museums, Parks and Historic Sites.
- From Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum to Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Dayton and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Springfield, Lebanon, Fairborn and Yellow Springs.
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Insane Inflatable 5K Dayton MoreLess Info
Fun run dotted with giant inflatables including bounce houses and slides ends with a party and raises funds for charity
93% 152 votes
118 Woodland Avenue, Dayton, OH 45409 MoreLess Info
Founded in 1843, the Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum covers 200 acres and has 100,000 monuments which guard the eternal sleep of its residents. The arboretum has more than 3,000 trees, many of them older than a century.
94% 158 votes
22 S Williams St, Dayton, OH 45402 MoreLess Info
6 National Historic Landmarks are found in the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park: the Wright Cycle Company Building, the Hoover Block, the Huffman Prairie Flying Field, the 1905 Wright Flyer III, the Hawthorn Hill, and the Paul Laurence Dunbar State Memorial.
83% 115 votes
111 E. Monument Ave., Dayton, OH MoreLess Info
Riverscape is home to the largest outdoor ice rink in the region. Food concessions, bikeways, the Riverwalk, gardens, and the Five Rivers Fountain of Lights are also found in here, among others.
92% 78 votes
7800 Shull Rd., Dayton, OH MoreLess Info
A functioning farm with animals, planted fields, and crafts, Carriage Hill MetroPark and Farm features staff in period costumes and historical exhibits. There is a small pond with a walking trail around it, and there are picnic areas, as well.
95% 19 votes
6733 Springboro Pike, Dayton, OH 45449 MoreLess Info
Cox Arboretum MetroPark is 189 acre park that features a variety of trees, gardens, shrubs, forests, and prairies and houses a native-Ohio Butterfly House. The park offers various educational programs about plant science, conservation, and horticulture.
96% 538 votes
1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, OH 45409 MoreLess Info
Covering 65 acres, the Carillon Historical Park is dedicated especially to the history of the area and the history of technology. Among the exhibits, there is the first practical airplane built in 1905, as well as the first automobile self-starter.
93% 43 votes
1000 Aullwood Road, Dayton, OH 45414 MoreLess Info
With six miles of trails, Aullwood Audubon Center is a nature area suitable for hiking. It has a variety of habitats which include prairie, marsh, forest and pond as well as a working farm.
92% 62 votes
600 E. Second St., Dayton, OH MoreLess Info
The National City Second Street Market is the largest and oldest operating public market in Dayton. The present location of the market is within the former Baltimore and Ohio Railroad warehouse that was built in 1911.
89% 92 votes
2301 West River Road, Dayton, OH 45418 MoreLess Info
Visitors can take a peak at the ongoing archaeological research at the SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park. The park contains a replica Native American village where visitors can experience an authentic pow wow with dancing and singing.
99% 3048 votes
1100 Spaatz St, Dayton, OH 45433 MoreLess Info
The permanent collection at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force covers domains such as Training Aids, Guided Missiles, Aeronautical instruments, and others.