When visiting Dayton be sure...
When visiting Dayton be sure to see the Air Force museum at Wright-Patterson AFB.On display are flying machines from earliest aircraft to Stealth fighters. finding a gas station when we were down to 6 miles of fuel left!!
Fly me to the moon...
The Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum is off the beaten path a bit. It's in Wapakoneta, which is about 45-50 miles north of Dayton.
Ohio has produced 23 astronauts, and as this museum suggests, Ohioans are proud of this fact and also that Dayton is the birthplace of aviation. This museum explores both.
This museum has a lot of cool stuff to see, such as spacesuits, videos, a moon rock, space artifacts, simulators, and memorabilia from Neil Armstrong. There's also a room lined with mirrors that simulates the vastness of space.
Good Drunken Time
Well this is no good if you are not 21...they took my fake. It was good while it lasted though. Top bars are Sloopy's, Newcom's, Nite Owl, Ned Pepper's, Trolley Stop, Dublin Pub, and um...I know I missed a few. Many have live bands (check out Bipolar Ignition) and on weekends, look for the drunken college girls to be stumbing up the street! Not bad, it varies though.
Having moved here from Canton Ohio, I was not prepared for the Southern Ohio fascination with Chili. Not even good Chili. It comes in two brands, Skyline, and Gold Star. Both are aquired tastes. Let me begin by saying, there is no beans in it (good!) and they ad chocolate to it (strange.)
Aparently Chili is greek food. Yeah, I never saw that one coming either, oh well. But there is a lingo that goes with it. A coney typically comes with chili, the hot dog, a warm wet bun, mustard and a ton of onion. See the menu for variations on that. Then you get into...and I am not making this up a 2-way, 3-way, 4-way, or 5-way. And yes, this is a family restaurant. A two way is Chili and Spahetti. Not as disgusting as it sounds actually. 3-way you add cheese, 4-way you add onions, the 5-way you add beans. Then you also have the other traditional greek items such as burrito's, garlic bread, baked potato's and chicken wraps. My favorite item is actually the Garlic Bread with Cheese. Get a large order and a small bowl of just the chili to cover it in, and you are going to be happy.
Three way's are also good. (again, I mean the chili.)
The only thing I would caution you about is that it doesn't taste like chili you have had anywhere else. Texans hate it! So did my stomach for the first couple of trys. But after a while you enjoy it, and strangely enough crave it. They put an addictive chemical in it which makes you crave it fortnightly.
Working for Peace: Dayton Peace Museum
A great opposite to the Airforce Museum in a lot of ways; but both museums show humans stretching their imagination for something amazing. You can learn about leaders of peace movements, music, art, and legislation around the world. They have had exhibits about the Holocaust and the UN too. If you are interested in learning more about non-violent movements or interested in how you could change the world peacefully the museum is a great place to visit. Oh and it is Free to visit.