- Our list of the best things to do in Dayton, Ohio, features the top 112 nearby activities — including 52 great attractions with user approval ratings of 90% or more!
- Dayton, OH has a variety of great sights and experiences nearby. Top categories include: Outdoor Places, Entertainment & Shows, Amusement, and Museums & Galleries.
- The results below include the top 36 things to do within the city of Dayton, OH , followed by 76 popular activities in nearby cities, including Lebanon, Springfield, Middletown, Fairborn, Yellow Springs, Kettering, Centerville and Beavercreek
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.
Founded in 1919 and houses in a 1930 building, the Dayton Art Institute contains a collection gathered from all around the world and spanning across 5,000 years of art history. More than 1,000 items from this collection are permanently exhibited.
97% 234 votes
Second and Main Sts, Dayton, OH 45402 MoreLess Info
Built in 2003, the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center hosts ballet, orchestra, and opera shows. Besides that, in here there are also restaurants, a winter garden, an office tower, condominiums, and a penthouse.
95% 171 votes
420 S Ludlow St, Dayton, OH 45402 MoreLess Info
Founded in 1992, the America's Packard Museum - The Citizens Motorcar Co. is housed by a restored Packard Dealership. The store sells collectibles, gifts, and other themed items. The museum can be rented for private events.
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.
95% 143 votes
16 South Williams Street, Dayton, OH 45402 MoreLess Info
The Wright Cycle Company Complex is located in the neighborhood where the Wright Brothers, pioneers in aviation, once lived. There are exhibits and guided tours through the neighborhood, which also includes the home of author Paul Lawrence Dunbar.
Founded in 1962, the National Aviation Hall of Fame honors individuals who have contributed to the United States' history of aviation. Exhibits cover the history of early flight, World War I, World War II, the jet plane, and space flight.
The Neon is a small, independent theater that shows primarily independent films. Catering to the film buff, they also offer movie memorabilia. They feature a concession stand with a wide variety of refreshments, including iced coffee.