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Carillon Historical Park, Dayton

#1 of 7 in Historic Sites in Dayton
Must see · Historic Site · Tourist Spot
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. To visit Carillon Historical Park on your holiday in Dayton, and find out what else Dayton has to offer, use our Dayton.
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  • This park is a treasure trove of history about it’s mother city, Dayton. The park runs tours of Hawthorn Hill, the “mansion” owned by Orville Wright. Both brothers Intended to live in the house...  more »
  • We spent a couple hours here exploring both the inside and outdoor exhibits. Until that day, I never realized how much manufacturing and industry was started here in Dayton. From NCR (cash...  more »
  • A fantastic museum showing the industrail muscle of Dayton. I have profound respect for this city and the many marvels they have brought mankind. The exhibits are wonderfully done, interesting, and....  more »
  • This museum is our favorite in the area! Planes, trains, and automobiles with the perfect amount of walking for the kiddos. There's a train to ride on outside a few scheduled days a year, but there's always a carousel in the main building. There could be more interactive activities, but I think they're working on a couple new attractions in the next few years. They're building a new wing with a new cafe based on a historic lunch counter from the Dayton arcade. A wonderful education in the rich entrepreneurship that made Dayton, Ohio what it is.
  • This is a great historical landmark for Dayton Ohio! I was able to record a video in front of this for my video channel and then I took my son here a few weeks later! There's so many great elements to this park we hope to go back really soon!!
  • There is not much to see in the visitor center museum. The village has more to offer. The best part of all was the Wright Brothers National Museum. From the displays, the history stories, the video, the helpful and informative staff to one of the (almost) original Wright Brothers planes this was my highlight. Thanks for preserving this part of history. I do recommend a visit even though this is a relatively small historical park.
  • A wonderful place to visit! So much history here! You will be glad you visited! Learn about the cash register industry that began in Dayton, learn about the Wright brothers, how they began with bicycles and moved onto airplanes all in the Dayton area. If you are from the area you will see things that remind you of the NCR park that so many visited for so many years. We took a tour to Hawthorne Hill where the Wright brothers lived. The tour guide was phenomenal and he knew his history very well. Please take time when you’re in the area to visit this park and all that it has to offer you will not regret it! It is a MUST place for a person who lives in the area to see!
  • This place is absolutely fantastic! There is plenty to do both indoors and outdoors so don't let the weather stop you! I grew up in Dayton but moved away in 1988, but still come back every few months. Had never seen the park before. It is truly a GEM I'm the Gem city!

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