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Free Things to Do in Dayton Ohio


Enjoying Dayton Ohio doesn't have to cost a fortune. This friendly southwestern Ohio city offers a wealth of parks, museums, historic neighborhoods, and other attractions that are free to the public.

National Museum of the United States Air Force

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The National Museum of the United States Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson AFB, is one of the oldest and largest military museums in the world. The museum houses more than 400 aircraft and missles, including military planes, presidential aircraft, and early planes of the Wright Brothers and others. There is also an IMAX theater in the complex. The Museum is open 9am to 5pm, seven days a week.

National Museum of the United States Air Force
1100 Spaatz Street Dayton, OH 45433
937 255-3284

Aviation National Historical Park

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Dayton's Aviation Heritage National Historical Park is a collection of sites administered by the National Park Service and dedicated to the accomplishments of three Dayton native sons: Orville and Wilbur Wright and Paul Laurence Dunbar. The Wright Brothers invented the first power-driven aircraft. Dunbar was a prolific late 19th century/early 20th century author, poet, and playwright, whose works depict the African-American experience of the time.

Attractions include the Wright Cycle Company, Huffman Prairie Flying Field where the first Wright Bros. plane was tested, and the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center.

Aviation National Historical Park
Aviation Heritage National Historical Park
16 South Williams Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402

Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum

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Founded in 1841, Dayton's Woodland Cemetery is one of the largest garden cemeteries in the United States. Its 200 acres are dotted with elegant stone monuments and mausoleums, much like Cleveland's Lake View Cemetery. Among those buried at Woodland are Erma Bombeck, Ohio Governor James M. Cox, Paul Laurance Dunbar, and Orville and Wilbur Wright. The adjacent 200-acre arboretum features more than 3000 trees, many of which are more than 100 years old. The site opens daily at 8am.

Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum
118 Woodland Avenue
Dayton, OH 45409
937 228-3221

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