Dayton Travel Guide

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Dayton Things to Do

  • National Museum of the United States Air...

    5 out of 5 stars

    During my last full day in Dayton, I went to check out the National Museum of the US Air Force. Even though I was expecting a huge museum but when I arrived, I still was in awe of how big this place really was! It was a very enjoyable visit! The exhibits are broken down into different eras, from "The Early Years" to the poignant Holocaust exhibit...

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  • Cox Arboretum

    spring is a great time to visit and play with your camera and try the macro pic on flowers, bugs, trees that are starting to bud and blossom. lots of people bring their kids and take pics in their Sunday or Easter clothes. This is one of my favorite local parks. Great place to explore .. relax and of course play with the ol' camera. Each season...

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  • Carillon Historical Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Carillon is a bell tower in a nice little park just south of downtown, which also includes a history museum with Wright Brother artifacts. The 151 foot Carrillon was built in 1942, and was named after Colonel Deeds a famous Dayton industrialist and inventor,

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Dayton Hotels

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Dayton Restaurants

  • Dorothy Lane Market

    Nice upscale market .. has specialty items, amazing bakery, deli, produce. Love the free samples of cheese, dessert and fruit. The deli has great salads etc. you can eat here but everything is more expensive. The desserts are great .. lot the dense brownies .. the killer brownies are killer. There are now 6 different varieties of killer...

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  • Thai 9

    Best Thai food in Dayton . right in the Oregon District in downtown Dayton ... along with several other restaurants and bars and a few shops.. this is a great restaurant. Nice atmosphere . good service. We love Thai food ... Pad thai .. the salmon. The salad isn't very good so we always choose the Miso. the bakery rolls are amazing .. salmon and...

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  • Bonefish Grill

    This is a seafood place ... a bit on the pricy side. Not everything has been excellent but it's consistently good .. the last time we went was the best we'd ever had there. Got the bang bang shrimp and some type of fish I'd never even heard of .. but it's was very good. They aren't open for lunch. We don't go there often because of the cost.

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Dayton Nightlife

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  • Oregon District

    The Oregon District is a local entertainment District next door to a historic district. Many of Dayton's top restaurants , such as Thai 9 and Jay's seafood are here along with numerous pubs and nightclubs. Casual

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  • A night with friends

    30 minutes after my flight landed, I was treated to a very good time with old friends at this bar. I would recommend it for the friendly staff and the great wings. Being from Texas though I did think that their top shelf margarita was very lacking. Very causual

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  • Dublin Pub - Oregon District, Dayton

    I arrived for dinner and stayed a little ways into the evening. I watched football and had dinner as the bard warmed up and the bar filled up. This is a great traditional Irish pub with an open design, great sight lines from the bar to the band, plenty of TVs, and a friendly staff. Stop in for an Irish dinner of bangers and mash or fish and chips...

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Dayton Transportation

  • Dayton International Airport

    Its the only airport in town. Luckily it is cheaper than flying into Cincinnati, Columbus, or Indy and then driving in. Also, there are a bunch of major carriers like American, United, and Delta which fly here. A complete list is available on the web page, along with directions, and car rental info.

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  • Taxis around Dayton

    Wow... most unique and scary cab ride ever. I grabbed the first taxi at the taxi stand in the airport and told the driver which hotel I was staying at. He said sure, no problem, and off we went. A few minutes into our trip, the driver said, in very broken English, that he didn't know my hotel; he handed me his Garmin and asked me to punch in the...

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  • Dayton International Airport

    After flying their famous first manned flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903, the Wright Brothers launched the Wright Flyer III in Dayton, Ohio in 1905; this aircraft has been called "the world's first practical airplane." In this town where manned aviation really began, several businessmen--notably the President of Frigidaire, the President...

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Dayton Shopping

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  • The Greene

    The Greene is a nice shopping center in Dayton that combines shopping, dining, outdoor activities and entertainment in one of the city's best and most lively commercial areas. We went to The Pub one evening for drinks, but we could have chosen any of the 20 or so other restaurants.

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  • Open stall market

    Just east of Downtown is an open stall market in an old warehouse building. It includes locally grown/prepared food and antiques. Carribean Empenadas!!

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  • The Best New Shopping, Eating, Nightlife...

    The Greene is the great new outdoor shopping mall in Dayton. Shop for just about anything and then have coffee at a sidewalk cafe. Visit an art gallery. Catch a movie at the cinema or visit funny bone comedy club at night. Something for everyone, all the time. Spend a little or thousands. There are many upscale shops as well as chain stores.

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Dayton Local Customs

  • Cityfolks festival

    Local 4th of July festival features 3 stages of music from around the world along with food , drinks and other vendors. there are also kids areas with activities and rides for the young ones.

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  • Dayton International Festival

    Held in May, this festival celebrates the cultural diversity of Dayton with music, food and crafts from throughout the world.

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  • Hey Bubba, look out for the ice!

    Do not be alarmed if someone calls you Bubba or Sugah. For some reason, people from Kentucky all decided to move north and live in Dayton. So, even though it is Ohio, you get this southern town kind of feel to it. And if you grew up in the north like I did, it can be a bit of a culture shock. As a result, you will see strange things that...

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Dayton Warnings and Dangers

  • travelling to dayton, don't stay...

    they have two hotels in downtown dayton, both are hellholesmy first trip to dayton i stayed at the Doubletree hotel (now called the dayton grand hotel, gues hilton took their brand away from them) the room was tiny, you had to squeeze in close to the bath tub and close the bathroom door to reach the toilet which was in an alcove in the closet sized...

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  • How to stay safe and The areas you dont...

    Dayton is a city with many areas.. lets start with the downtown area. born and raised in dayton and know about all parts of the city..i have lived all over the city. from the hood the suburbs..i know the facts .One of the safest areas is the downtown area,, If your visiting. the downtown area is Heavy with police..Crime is not as common in this...

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  • Highway Construction

    There are these little signs everywhere that say "I-75 Sucks!" And it's no lie. Traffic clogs up downtown as you have to shift over to two left lanes as you go north, and two right lanes going south both near route four in what they refer to as accident alley. Then there is the joy of having to get on and off Route 35. And speaking of Route 35,...

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Dayton Tourist Traps

  • Boonshoft Museum of "Discovery"

    Not much to discover here, at least not for adults. This is more like a playground than a real museum. There is a small aquarium, and lots of other things involving water. Recommended only for those younger than 12. Let the kids enjoy it. The younger ones might have some fun. The other attractions in Dayton are a lot better.

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  • Don't go...

    Do not drvie on WEST 3rd street..i had a friend that was in town from costa mesa,ca and he told me e drove down there in his beamer!! BIG NO-NO!!!!!!!!! VERY dangerous..stay away from that end of 3rd street out of towners or u just might end up shot! go with a police officer...i wouldnt be caught dead(literally) driving thru there! go another...

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  • Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

    If you have kids this would be a great place, however its billed as a Natural History Museum. In fact it's an overgrown indoor playground. Not the place for any serious science exhibits for adults.

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Dayton What to Pack

  • Packing List

    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.

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  • Packing List

    Don't forget your camera, film and other supplies. You may never be back here again, so take a picture

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    Bring what you can carry but I took a rucksack. Summer here is hot so Shotrs and Tee's are the order of the day, but winters can be bitter, so good thermal clothing and good walking boots a must. you can get everything you need here. you can get eerything you need here. There isnt anywhere here that you can call the great outdoors, but if you...

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Dayton Off The Beaten Path

  • Xenia, Ohio

    Xenia is a town of about 25,000 people, located 15 miles southeast of Dayton. The Xenia's name comes from a Greek word for hospitality, and the town bills itself "The City of Hospitality." Established in 1803, Xenia has a classic main street lined with shops and restaurants. Xenia's claim to fame is probably its history of weather-related...

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  • Yellow Springs, Ohio

    Yellow Springs was founded in 1825 as an attempt to replicate the New Harmony, Indiana, a town established by the Harmony Society, a group of German communal, religious, pacifist, separatist immigrants. Shortly after the communal experiment failed, Antioch College was opened on the edge of Yellow Springs in 1852. Today Yellow Springs has about...

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  • Antioch College, Yellow Springs

    Antioch College is located in Yellow Springs, about 10 miles from Dayton. The college was founded in 1852, as a Christian school. It was so poorly run in the early 2000s, that the school actually shut down from 2008 to 2011 (oddly enough, the school also closed in 1863, 1881, and 1919). Since reopening, the school has been able to attract only...

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Dayton Sports & Outdoors

  • Stillwater River

    A great river for Kayaking. You can put in just above a dam at Englewood Metro park. The Stillwater is one of 3 major rivers that converge in Dayton, there are bike trails along most of the length of these rivers.

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  • Bike trails

    Dayton has over 50 miles of bike trails within the metro limits, the best follow on the Miami river. you can also bike out to Xenia where you can catch cross state trails that will take you to Columbus or Cincinnatti.

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  • Dayton Dragons

    The Dragons are Dayton's Minor League Baseball team. When I lived there they were so popular that it was difficult to get tickets for the games and most games were sellouts. Not sure it if still as difficult or not.

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Dayton General

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  • Bockscar B-29 Bomber

    Bockscar, the B-29 bomber that dropped an atomic bomb over Nagasaki, Japan in 1945 during World War II, is on display here at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. The aircraft is in surprisingly good condition and you can get a pretty up-close look at it.

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  • Moving to Dayton

    "How does it compare in the outdoor recreation department?"Honestly, it depends what you're comparing it to. I lived with a roommate from New Hampshire, and it's nothing like New England, Colorado, or California. She thought it was terrible that she couldn't climb a mountain. There aren't mountains and there isn't an ocean...it's the midwest! There...

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  • Downtown Sculpture Walk

    J. Seward Johnson has created a set of sculptures that capture daily American life in an honest, candid way that few artists can do. These are so realistic that, at a glance, they seem to be real. They certainly liven up the downtown sidewalks. If you walk around downtown, you'll see these.

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    May 13, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    I sure could use some info on a Montgomery county area of Dayton as well as some tradesmen, motels, and an insurance agents in the area. Any help appreciated!

 
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