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Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park

22 S Williams St, Dayton, OH 45402
937 225 7705
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Ranked #8 of 29 Attractions in Dayton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Historic Sites
Description: This is the location of the Wright brothers Wright Cycle Company building plus other related historical aviation sites.
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Havre de Grace, Maryland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We are avid national park junkies who tend not to hold a lot of expectations for our national historic sites. With budget and staffing cuts, historic sites are usually lacking. That said, the Dayton Park is awesome. Beautiful lay out. Almost an overwhelming number of exhibits. Quite a few are hands on or interactive as well. One of the most... More

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chicago
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Wow- it is amazing what these 2 brothers accomplished without formal education. Their genius started with bicycles and lead to the ultimate dream of man at that time- the ability to fly. Visiting their old neighborhood is like going back 100 years. The movie that is shown in the visitor center is the perfect intro to the entire story. Do... More

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Tulsa
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51 reviews 51 reviews
39 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This is a good way to spend a couple hours in Dayton. The main building and the Wright Cycle Company building are together and can be easily done in two hours. There are not a lot of displays, but it is well presented and informative.

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Eagan, Minnesota
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86 reviews 86 reviews
26 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I loved the place. Great film, wished it had been longer. Dayton should be proud of the Wright boys! I grew up about 2 hours due west of here and never knew! We plan on visiting as must Wright stuff as we can on our visit.

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El Paso, Texas
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50 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This is a very unusual national park because it is in buildings. It is not as nice or informative as the Carillon Park, but still can be worth a visit. The most interesting part was learning about the poet Paul Lawrence Dunbar, who unfortunately died very young. They also have the last of the Wright Brothers' cycle shops, which was... More

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Massachusetts
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187 reviews 187 reviews
39 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We have visited here before but there are always new things to see and learn at our National Historic sites. The rangers are always willing to answer questions. This site in particular has things for visitors of all ages. The neighborhood as well as the displays have changed since our last visit.

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Los Angeles, California
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475 attraction reviews
387 helpful votes 387 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014 via mobile

If you have ever flown or even looked to the sky, don't miss this site in Dayton. You'll see an excellent short film about how the Wright Brothers were inspired to fly and just what it took along the way to make their dream a reality-including setbacks they encountered. You'll see what the neighborhood was like 110+ years ago and... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This is an interactive museum which includes a short, yet informative, film. There is a picnic area outside if you want relax between the sites.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Don't underestimate what you can learn at this National Park! You will travel back in time to the years when the Wright brothers and Paul L. Dunbar walked the streets of this neighborhood. The walking tour was so informative - don't miss it! We also took the time to view the 30 minute video. Another must!

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Durham, NC
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45 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Being from NC, it was great to finally get out to see where the Wright brothers began. The park is wonderful! It is made up of several sites around Dayton, one of which wasn't open to the public when we visited. The main site, located on Williams Street, is fabulous! It is a large, multi-building complex in this adorable little... More

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