Victoria Theater (1866, 1871, 1913, 1918)
This beautiful theater, in the French Empire style, has had more lives than a black cat. Originally opened in 1866, it's been rebuilt three times: after a fire in 1871, a flood in 1913, and another fire in 1918.
138 N. Main Street
The UD Ghetto
Just because you went to college somewhere and partied your ass off, does not mean that you had an experience anywhere NEAR the UD Ghetto party experience.
Now, I'm not saying that you didn't have your share of wild times, but if you're in Dayton any Thursday, Friday, Saturday....hell.... any night of the week please drive through the ghetto to see what I mean.
If you aren't familiar with the UD campus at all, the University of Dayton bought up all of the residential housing surrounding the academic buildings. These are houses just like the one you live in... streets and streets of them. Now imagine each house filled with anywhere from 4-8 college students with a thirst for beer. This is the Ghetto and it's located a mere 2 miles from the closest keg distributor. It all adds up to fun, I'll tell you that much.
At other colleges and universities only frats and sororities can throw house parties and maybe you weren't cool enough to get into those. At UD EVERYONE has a house and just about every party in the ghetto is an open one. Just waltz on in with a smile on your face, go for a big plastic cup and head for the keg. UDers will almost always welcome you with a smile and a beer.
If you are 18-29 you might want to hop on into a party to see what its like. If you are 30 and above, perhaps you would just want to drive through the ghetto to see the action on the streets. If you are an alumni of any age. Get to the ghetto and partake of the BEAST.
Absolute best party nights in the ghetto:
St. Patrick's Day
Last day of finals
Christmas on Campus
Streets in the Ghetto:
Innovative and FRESH seafood
Jay's is a local institution. Their seafood is SO fresh, and the menu is pretty innovative, while still serving old stand-bys. Steaks and chicken are also available. The desserts are to die for! The building is old, with a huge wood bar. Service is a little slow for some people, but I didn't mind...it gave me time to talk with my friend and enjoy the atmosphere. The seared tuna steak...fresh and delicious, and the sauce is drizzled on the plate, rather than drowning the delicious fish.
I also enjoyed the blackened tilapia when I had it.
Don Pablo's Mexican - Fairfield Mall
I didn't see Don nor Pablo when I visited this national chain restaurant near the mall in Fairborn. I did have some good, relatively inexpensive Mexican food in a nice, family friendly environment. We arrived and were quickly seated way back in the far corner opposite the door, in the large, high-ceiling dining room. It was a bit breezy and chilly in the large room on this cold, rainy night.
I had a Tecate beer and the Numero Uno Favorito... a crunchy fajita taco, an enchilada, and a soft chicken taco with beans and rice, and of course, lots of chips and salsa. The meal was a cheap $9 and the food was all pretty good.
Don Pablo's started in 1985 and now has 45 restaurants in 15 states.
IMAX Theater at National Museum of the USAF
The IMAX Theater is not to be missed on your trip to the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This is a three-dimensional visual and audio experience with seating for 500 in a SIX STORY theater without a bad seat in the house. We chose seats in about the center of the theater and the center of the six-story high screen. The IMAX experience, and it truly is an experience, is enhanced by six channel digital sound. Think stereo? Folks, the digital audio is waaay beyond stereo!
Five theater program choices were available the day we attended:"Dolphins" for the kids-you will feel you are swimming right along with them-shown twice a day, "Amazon"-a journey of discovery of the Amazon's wonders, inhabitants and remarkable healing powers-shown once a day, The Magic of Flight", soar through the history of flight from the Wright Brothers to the dramatic high-speed aerobatics of the Blue Angels-shown once a day, "Straight Up, Helicopters in Action", travel with helicopter crews as they respond to real-world needs-including a high-sea rescue, a drug bust, humanitarian aid and land and sea military maneuvers-shown twice a day, and "Fighter Pilot-Operation Red Flag", the USAF in action as the latest fighters, bombers, and other aircraft tear up the Nevada desert at Red Flag, the air combat readiness training for all allied air forces around the world-shown three times a day.
Being all aircraft pilots, we attended "Fighter Pilot-Operation Red Flag" and were thrilled with the specter of being right in the middle of the flying action-stupendous realism and you could almost feel the aerobatic g forces at near-mach speeds!
My senior ticket price was $6, and well worth it. Plan on attending one of the shows at IMAX during your tour of the museum. For show times and prices, contact the IMAX Theater at the number below. IMAX has something for everyone, from toddlers to seniors.