Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, Dayton

4.7
#1 of 8 in Parks in Dayton
Three exceptional men from Dayton, Ohio, Wilbur Wright, Orville Wright and Paul Laurence Dunbar, found their creative outlet here through accomplishments and failures, and finally success. However, these men offered the world something far greater, they offered the world hope, and the ability to take a dream and make it a reality.
Add Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park to your Dayton travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Dayton online route planner .
Source
Create an itinerary including Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park
map
Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
192 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • I have always been fascinated with flight. The men were self-taught and methodically studied flight principles to bring us aviation. The exhibits are fantastic! The movie is even better. I have stoppe...  more »
  • Our main reason for going to Dayton was to see the museum at Wright Pat. This was on our list of "if we have time" things to do. This site gives insight to all parts of the Wright Brothers' lives -- p...  more »
  • Excellent visitor center open summer daily 9-5 / winter hours Wednesday-Sunday 9-5 closed Monday and Tuesday. A replica of the Wright Flyer is displayed in the museum. A parachute display is also avai...  more »
Google
  • An excellent visitor center with plenty of exhibits, many of them interactive which seemed to really energize children to learn more. Also, aside from the flight history, the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park bundles the life and works of Paul Laurence Dunbar into this park. This may seem strange at first, but when you see the poem written about the Wright Brothers, and learn about their friendship in school, it makes all the more sense. This was their neighborhood, and Wright Brothers even did business with Dunbar after schooling, since Dunbar used their printing press services for his early newspaper. In any case, it was great to hear a soulful reading of some poems I recall learning about in elementary school, including "We Wear the Mask" at one exhibit. Then, moving on to play around with flight controls at another exhibit. It is a well-done melding of the two parts, and provides a large amount to do in a visitor center of its size. It is a free admission, and a great afternoon with friends and family.
  • A great place to take kids - my kids learned so much about the Wright Brothers and aviation history. The rangers that work there are WONDERFUL and made it a great experience for my kiddos. If you take kids, ask for a Junior Ranger book so they can earn a badge. It's a great way for kids to learn more and get a memento of their visit.
  • Fascinating, I looked at every detail. It is a must see location. I spent 4 hours there and it did not even feel like an hour.
  • The small museum and exhibition show the life of Wright Brothers. There is a movie about their invention of first airplane is a must-see. It was quite inspiring to see two brothers without formal education or engineering degrees could make such great achievement. Their perseverance and spirit should be memorized.
  • A must see place to learn about wright brothers and their history of printing press and their subsequent foray into aviation. It also a section of Paul Dunbar.
Places to stay near Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park

Plan your trip to Dayton

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park by other users

11 days in United States BY A USER FROM CANADA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 12 days in Cincinnati BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 38 days in Ohio BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 23 days in Cincinnati BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: July, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Cleveland & Dayton BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Columbus BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 6 days in Cincinnati BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 31 days in Cincinnati BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in Dayton BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, kids, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, kids, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 29 days in Columbus BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Dayton BY A USER FROM CANADA June, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: June, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 26 days in Columbus BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans