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Dayton Local History

Dayton was founded by Israel Ludlow in 1796 along the Miami River and near the mouth of the Mad River. Because of its location on the flood plain, the community flooded numerous times in its early years.

More than forty log cabins and frame houses existed in the community by the end of 1796, and many of these settlers believed that they had acquired the land legally. Unfortunately disputes quickly arose over landownership due to poor surveying with many residents having to pay additional sum of money to officially own their properties.

The town of Dayton was relatively small until the War of 1812, when Dayton served as an embarkation point for American attacks on Canada and on British troops in the northwestern part of the United States. From then on it grew and factories and mills quickly came into existence.

Dayton Attractions

Top Attractions

Carillon Historical Park 1000 Carillon Boulevard, Dayton, Ohio. Carillon Historical Park is situated on 65 acres just south of downtown Dayton. The Historic buildings, structures and artifacts tell various stories about invention, settlements, transportation and industrial. Some of the exhibits include, the Sr. Wright Brother's Aviation Centre, which houses the 1905 Wright Flyer III. The Culp's Café gives the visitors a unique dining experience and the Museum Store has that one of a kind item that you would like to take home. Carillon Historical Park is open from beginning of April to the end of October, Tuesday to Saturday 9:30am to 5pm and Sundays and holidays from noon to 5pm. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for children between the ages of 3 and 17 and members and children under the age of three are free.

SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park 2301 West River Road, Dayton, Ohio. The SunWatch Indian Village is a partially reconstructed Fort Ancient period Native American village along the Great Miami River. Excavations exposed a planned, stockade village with astronomical alignments, which was occupied for about 20 years. The reconstructed village includes displays discussing the excavation and the reconstruction of the site as well as the lives of those who lived here. The SunWatch Indian Village is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sunday from noon to 5pm. Admission fees to enter the village are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students between the ages of 6 and 17 and children under the age of 6 are free.

Wright Memorial and Huffman Prairie Flying Field Located at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio. The flying field is where Wilbur and Orville Wright perfected the airplane and created the world's first airport. The world's first pilots were trained at the field, and there is even a reconstruction of the 1905 hangar, which was constructed by the Wrights. Admission to the Wright Memorial and Huffman Prairie Flying Field is free of charge. The Flying Field is open during daylight hours.

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park This national park was established in 1992 to promote the legacies of Orville and Wilbur Wright, inventors of the airplane, and the first internationally-known, African American poet, Paul Laurence Dunbar. The park consists of four sites throughout the Dayton area, including the Wright Cycle Company complex, which consists of one of the original Wright brothers bicycle shops and print shops; the Wright Aviation Center at Dayton History at Carillon Historical Park; the Paul Laurence Dunbar State Memorial; and the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Visitor Center and the Huffman Prairie Flying Field. For more information, please call 937-225-7705 or visit www.nps.gov/daav. Admission is free to the Wright Cycle Company Complex and Huffman Prairie Visitor Center and Flying Field.
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Figlio This fabulous restaurant is located in the Town & Country shopping center. Figlio (pronounuced feel-io) offers 'California-inspired Italian' wood fired pizzas, pastas and salads. Great service and a trendy yet comfortable atmosphere make this a must do in Dayton! Reservations and a private dining room are available.
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Dayton Shopping

The Webster Street Market 32 N. Webster Street, Dayton, Ohio. The Webster Street Market offers the traditional public market fare and includes a food court, local produce, dry goods, arts and crafts, breads and a variety of other interesting things. The market is open on Thursday and Friday from 11am to 4pm and Saturday from 8am to 4pm. The antique mall and food court are open on Wednesday and Sunday from 11am to 4pm..

Ester Price 1709 Wayne Avenue, Dayton, Ohio, or 194 Woodman Drive, Dayton, Ohio. Ester Price has two stores in Dayton and these stores are synonymous with fine candies. These shops have the most delicate chocolates for any occasion. They are the perfect little gift for someone special..

The Wright Candy and Souvenir Store Located at 12 East Third Street, on the corner of Third and Main streets, Dayton, Ohio. This store does not only sell candy but also souvenirs that reflect yesterday, today and tomorrow. There are 95 different types of candy from as far back as the 40's and 50's. Special gift baskets can also be purchased. The Wright Candy and Souvenir Store is open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm and Saturday from 9am to 3pm.

Dayton Activities

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery (Formerly Dayton Museum of Discovery) –2600 DeWeese Parkway, Dayton, Ohio. The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery features interactive exhibits for all ages. There is a live animal zoo, a planetarium; a laser shows in state of the art space theatre, science activities and experiments, and a climbing tower. Admission to the museum is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and children between the ages of 2 and 12. The museum is open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday from 11am to 5pm and Sunday from noon to 5pm.

MetroDuck Land & Water Tours Located at RiverScape Metro Park, 111 E Monument Avenue, Dayton, Ohio. This is a great experience for the children where they can experience Dayton from a restored World War II amphibious D.U.K.W. Admission is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors, $10 for children between the ages of 4 and 12 and $1 for children under 3..

Splash Moraine 3800 Main Street, Moraine, Ohio. The Splash Moraine is the Miami Valley's only wave pool water park. There is a huge Wave pool which is 20 000 square feet. There are varies waterslides and 2 kiddies sized slides. There are certified lifeguards and first aid staff on duty at all times. The Splash Moraine is open from late May to early September.

Dayton Parks & Gardens

Aullwood Audubon Centre and Farm Located at 1000 Aullwood Road, Dayton, Ohio. Aullwood Audubon Centre and Farm comprises 350 acres of nature sanctuary and working organic farm, with 6 miles of walking trails that wind through prairie, woods, ponds and farmland. There are dozens of hands on exhibits, which allows the visitor to interpret the southwestern Ohio's flora and fauna. There is a 200-seat auditorium; the organic farm allows visitors to explore the old bank barn, which are home to pigs, goats, horses and all other kinds of livestock.

Admission to the Aullwood Audubon Centre and Farm is $4 for adults, $2 for children between the ages of 2 and 18. The farm is open all year round from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and on Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.

Cox Arboretum and Gardens MetroPark 6733 Springboro Pike, Dayton, Ohio. The Cox Arboretum and Gardens is made up of 175 acres of cultivated gardens and mature woodlands. There are fifteen garden areas, which display plant materials. There is a beautiful butterfly house, which is open in the summer. Admission to the Cox Arboretum and Gardens MetroPark is free of charge, and they are open from 8am to dusk daily.

Dayton Restaurants and Bars

Dayton Restaurants

Blue Moon Restaurant 524 E. Fifth Street, Dayton, Ohio. The Blue Moon Restaurant has a sophisticated yet casual atmosphere, where you can relax and enjoy an evening with some friends. The menu has a variety to choose from, from fresh seafood, pastas to steaks. The wine list is excellent. The Blue Moon Restaurant severs infused vodkas and has a top notched staff. The restaurant is open Monday from 5pm to 9pm, Tuesday to Thursday from 5pm to 10pm and on Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 11pm.

Benham's Restaurant 209 Warren Street, Dayton, Ohio. Benham's is a casual restaurant with excellent dishes. There are daily specials as well as fresh seafood. The homemade deserts are to die for, so you need to leave some room. The restaurant is open for lunch on Monday to Friday from 11am to 2pm and for dinner on Thursday to Sunday from 5pm to 9pm.

Boston Stroker 34 West Second Street, Dayton, Ohio. The Boston Stroker is best known for its fine coffees and teas. They also feature smoothies and juices. Their baked goods are out of this world. To keep their customers entertained, the store provides wireless Internet connectivity. The coffee house is open from Monday to Friday from 6am to 8pm and on Saturday from 8am to 2pm.

Dayton Bars & Clubs

Murray's Place 2866 S. Dixie Highway, Dayton, Ohio. Murry's is open for lunch as well as dinner 7 days a week, and they have great breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday. There is live karaoke every Wednesday and Saturday nights. The atmosphere is casual and is a great place to come and have some good fun you're your friends. Murray's Place is open from 11am to 2:30am Monday to Friday and from 9am to 2:30am on Saturday and Sunday. The kitchen closes at 3pm on Sunday.

Sloopy's 613 E. Fifth Street, Dayton, Ohio. At Sloopy's you won't be disappointed, there is something happening every night of the week. Big Ass Beer Night takes place every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday nights where 23 ounces of Ice Cold Beer are for sale at only $3. Every Wednesday and Friday night it's Ladies Night, which starts at 9pm. On Saturday night you can dance the night away to the hottest music in town. There are pool, steel darts as well as electronic darts to keep you amused. Sloopy's is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 8pm to 2:30am.

Talegators - 6270 Far Hills, Centerville, Ohio. Talegators has an outdoor patio for entertaining on a warm evening. Lunch and dinner are served 7 days a week and there is live music every Saturday night. The atmosphere at Talegators is causal and is the perfect place to come and let your hair down for a while. For added entertainment there are electronic darts, which can be played.

Dayton children's activities

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery (Formerly Dayton Museum of Discovery) –2600 DeWeese Parkway, Dayton, Ohio. The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery features interactive exhibits for all ages. There is a live animal zoo, a planetarium; a laser shows in state of the art space theatre, science activities and experiments, and a climbing tower. Admission to the museum is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and children between the ages of 2 and 12. The museum is open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday from 11am to 5pm and Sunday from noon to 5pm.

MetroDuck Land & Water Tours Located at RiverScape Metro Park, 111 E Monument Avenue, Dayton, Ohio. This is a great experience for the children where they can experience Dayton from a restored World War II amphibious D.U.K.W. Admission is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors, $10 for children between the ages of 4 and 12 and $1 for children under 3..

Splash Moraine 3800 Main Street, Moraine, Ohio. The Splash Moraine is the Miami Valley's only wave pool water park. There is a huge Wave pool which is 20 000 square feet. There are varies waterslides and 2 kiddies sized slides. There are certified lifeguards and first aid staff on duty at all times. The Splash Moraine is open from late May to early September.

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