In Ohio you can count on one thing--changing weather. In the winter it can go from 5F to 70F and back to 20F in a couple days. If you will be in Dayton over the winter, plan to dress in layers so you can peel off if it gets hot or add if it gets cold.
Summers usually have hot humid periods, particularly in July and August.
Get out and bike!
Dayton and the surrounding area has well over a hundred miles of paved, dedicated bikeways running north and south along the Great Miami River from downtown Dayton, also east into Greene County to Xenia, and north and south along the Little Miami River.
If you are staying at the Marriott it is practically outside your door, and you can rent bicycles at Gaansari on Brown St. Be aware in the spring, however, parts of the trail can be submerged under high water.
Charming Brunch/Lunch Cafe
A short drive from the center of Dayton, Central Perc is actually in suburban Oakwood, but its location in a shopping district makes it feel rather more urban than you might expect. Central Perc is run by an immigrant couple from England who have brought over some of the best aspects of the classic English tea room, and added some delicious soups and sandwiches to make this a very pleasant place for a mid-day repast.
They serve REAL CLOTTED CREAM with their scones. I can't stress enough how wonderful that is. You can live in the USA for YEARS and never find a cafe or tea-room that serves REAL CLOTTED CREAM. It's a treat!
Valkyrie cafe at Air Force Museum
As far as museum cafeterias go, this one is about as lame as any other. Their only options are basically burgers, hot dogs, and a few fried foods like French fries and chicken strips. Most of the food is pre-made, and has probably been sitting for hours. We arrived around noon, and the cafeteria was almost empty despite a good crowd at the museum.
I grabbed a double cheeseburger and fries off the warming rack for about $5, plus a fountain drink for another $2. I loaded the burger with fresh veggies just to get a little healthiness from the meal.
All in all, it is pretty basic food at a fair price. Besides, there's nothing else nearby.
The Valkyrie Cafe is named after a USAF prototype aircraft called the XB-70 Valkyrie, a high-altitude, high-speed, nuclear-capable bomber built and flown in the 1960s. The best part of this place is the view of the aircraft displays out front.
Wright Brothers & Aviation Museum
Dayton Aviation Heritage Historical Park is located in west Dayton. The focus of the park are the Wright Brothers and their creation of powered flight. The park consist of seven units.
The Wright Cycle Company
The fourth bicycle shop operated by the Wrights is the only building remaining as testament to the bicycle business.
Wilbur and Orville started their careers as printers and operated their second print shop, outside the home, here as Wright & Wright Job Printers. In this location, the Wrights edited and published newspapers for the West Side patrons, including the Dayton Tattler, written by Paul Laurence Dunbar.
Huffman Prairie Flying Field
On this 84-acre patch of rough pasture outside Dayton, the Wright brothers learned to control and maneuver their powered machine and taught themselves to fly during 1904 and 1905. Visitors are urged to call 937-425-0008 for field closures.
Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center
Exhibits focus on the Wright brothers' development of the world's first practical airplane at Huffman Prairie in 1904 and 1905, their flying school starting in 1910.
Adjacent to the Interpretive Center, the Wright Memorial on Wright Brothers Hill is a 27-acre designed landscape honoring Dayton's native sons.
Dayton History at Carillon Park
Wright Brothers Aviation Center
The world's first practical airplane, the 1905 Wright Flyer III, built by the Wright brothers and flown at Huffman Prairie, is the centerpiece exhibit.
Paul Laurence Dunbar House
Dunbar purchased this house for his mother in 1904 and completed his last work here before his death in 1906. This gifted and prolific writer produced over 400 poems, novels, plays, short stories, and lyrics.
Paul Lawrence Dunbar Site