Things to do in Dayton, OH

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See & Do

Things to See

Dayton contains several museums, including the Wright Patterson Air Force Base which houses the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and the Huffman Prairie Flying Field, where the Wright Brothers experimented with flight in the early days of aviation. Miami Valley Trails allows visitors to see scenic portions of the city through 300 miles of biking and walking paths.


Huffman Prairie is closed on Wednesdays.

Where to Stay

Dayton contains a number of accommodation options, from the budget Comfort Inn and Econo Lodge, both of which offer amenities like pools and free continental breakfasts, to mid-range and high-end options. Upscale options include the Crowne Plaza on Fifth Street and the Golden Lamb Inn on Broadway, the state's oldest hotel still in operation.

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Another option is Caesar Creek State Park, located to the southeast of the city, which contains campgrounds with showers.

What to Eat

Dayton offers a number of cafes and bistros like Coco's, an upscale bistro favored for business lunches, and the Butter Cafe with organic and locally sourced products. Dayton's international fare includes Tecqueria Mixteca, a local Mexican restaurant, Little Saigon, an inexpensive Vietnamese restaurant, and House of Thai, an authentic Thai restaurant that also serves sushi.

Be Sure to Sample:

Try the pizza - Marion's Piazza has been a favorite of locals for over 4 decades.

Places to Party

Bar and grills like Bargos Grill and Tap and Boston's Bistro on Main Street offer selections of pub food and beers. Flanagan's and The Fieldhouse are bars popular with college students, while the Trolley Stop features local musicians and an outdoor patio. The Century Bar focuses on liquor, offering a large selection of bourbon.


The Canal Street Tavern on First Street is known for its live music, but does not accept credit cards.

Where to Shop

Several malls, including the Dayton Mall and the Mall at Fairfield Commons contain a number of national brands, while The Greene on Beavercreek is more upscale, featuring high-end stores like Sephora and Coldwater Creek as well as several restaurants. The Oregon District contains a number of specialty stores.

Take It or Leave It:

The Oregon Historic District features a number of examples of the city's architecture from the 1800s.