Known as the birthplace of aviation, the city of Dayton boasts a rich history of innovation, arts and entertainment. Located at the booming intersection of I-75 North/South and I-70 West/East, Dayton offers a diverse selection of arts, entertainment, shopping and educational opportunities. In fact, Dayton has 35 universities and adult education facilities and ranks 5th in the nation for doctoral and engineering degrees granted.
Explore the dynamic history of Dayton, the home of Charles F. Kettering, the Wright Brothers, Erma Bombeck and other influential figures from our nation’s past. Carillon Park, a destination museum, brings Dayton history alive on its 65-acre park featuring the original 1905 Wright Flyer III, Dayton-made cash registers, vintage automobiles, train cars and bicycles, a 1930s print shop and the largest carillon in Ohio. The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is the world’s largest aviation museum and showcases more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles.
Catch a performance at the impressive Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center or the more intimate Victoria Theater. Spend the evening with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Dayton Opera, or Dayton Ballet — just a sampling of the many local performing arts groups. Top musical acts from yesterday and today are on stage each summer at the outdoor Fraze Pavilion. Dayton doesn’t just have performance art — view the diverse art collections and special exhibits on display at the Dayton Art Institute.
Get out and enjoy the great outdoors at the more than 20 parks that make up the Five Rivers MetroParks System. Bird watching, camping, horse trails, fossil collecting and hiking are just a few of the ways to spend the day. If you’d rather be a spectator, check out the Dayton Dragons minor league baseball team, which has record-setting attendance for home games. Dayton also has a minor league hockey team, the Dayton Gems, and a soccer team, the Dayton Dutch Lions.
The Dayton-area features shopping and dining options for everyone: charming shops of Oakwood; eclectic offerings of the Oregon Historic District; restaurants and boutiques.
Nearby Beavercreek is the largest city in Greene County and one of the top three largest residential suburbs. Beavercreek is home to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (a large local employer) and the city boasts two golf courses plus the area’s newest retail centers at the Greene Town Center and the Mall At Fairfield Commons.
In case you do want to leave town, Dayton is a car ride away from attractions and shopping in Columbus and Cincinnati including King’s Island amusement park, Columbus Zoo & Aquarium and the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens. And the Dayton International Airport brings you just a 90 minute flight to 60 percent of the U.S. population.