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Carillon Historical Park, Dayton

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Learn about the history of the city at Carillon Historical Park, with its selection of historical buildings and exhibits tracing the city from its origins to present day. The 26.3 hectare (65 acre) park focuses on the history of technology and invention in the city, as well as what it's like to live there now. From its establishment in 1796 through to the present, visitors explore historical artifacts and buildings that relate to particular moments in Dayton's history. Visit the oldest building in town and learn about pioneer life from costumed performers. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Dayton holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Carillon Historical Park and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • August 14, 2017
    This is a great place to take children to learn about Dayton History and have fun. Dayton has a great heritage that generally gets ignored. The Wright brother's bicycle shop is interesting to see. Tak...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    My husband and I paid a visit to Carillon Historical Park and were WOWED by it! The artifacts depicting Dayton's and Ohio's history are absolutely amazing. We throughly enjoyed the National Park's Ser...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    This museum lets you literally walk down a street full of historical buildings which take you through Dayton's historical contributions from industries, trains, cash registers, flight and much more. W...  more »
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  • July 8, 2017
    Great Dayton History! You get to see where everything was created in the Dayton area from standard register, the single school house, Wright Brothers flyer, to the secret decoder during WWI that was being produced and assembled in Secret because no one new what each person made and made by women. They even have a Merry Go Round for all ages to ride. Plan on staying for hours to see everything. They also have memberships because you might go several times to see everything. They also offer tours to the wright brother house 🏡 not far away but there is a limit to how many people can go. They have 2 tours a day at certain times. You need reservations for the wright brother house tour. During Christmas 🎄 last year it was wonderful with the caroling throughtout the park, including Santa Claus 🎅 and his workshop.
  • July 5, 2017
    Our family enjoys visiting Carillon, especially the Transportation Building and the hidden playground. Carillon hosts lots of fun events, like the rail fest and the holiday lights. The Brewing Co. has good food and a nice atmosphere.
  • July 3, 2017
    A 'must visit' while in Dayton. The history of the area is told through Carillon park and is worth every penny! Plus the animatronics show is AWESOME!
  • June 28, 2017
    Beautiful,educational and fun. Inside merry go round and the Wright family. At Christmas, the park is decorated in festive lights with carolers and actors portraying people of the earth 19th century.
  • June 15, 2017
    This place is beautiful. It's like stepping back into time. They are really committed to their performance. If you are looking for something fun to do please check this out.

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