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SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park

2301 West River Road, Dayton, OH 45418-2815
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Ranked #15 of 28 Attractions in Dayton
Type: Historic Sites
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English first
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15 attraction reviews
264 helpful votes 264 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This was really a wonderful surprise. There is a great 12 minute film, followed by a well presented exhibit, and the ability to walk all over the site. The gentlemen who welcomed us was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Really interesting to see such a unique site that had survived undisturbed.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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45 reviews 45 reviews
20 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Found SunWatch on Trip advisor and glad we decided to go there. Had older kids with us and they enjoyed both the museum and walking around the village that had been replicated on the original site. Fee is very reasonable and everyone working there was very friendly and helpful. The museum gave you a good background before you walked out... More

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Springfield, Ohio
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24 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Love this park! The pow wow is always interesting. Vendors good too. Not enough food booths - only 2. The walking taco was good, and prepared as we waited, but the wait was long.

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Boulder, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Well-done display of an excavated village, abandoned almost 1000 years ago. Houses reconstructed on their original foundations. You can see how the village was layed out, and an accompanying museum explains how people lived there. Good for kids and for grownups alike.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Not only does it have a museum and a replica village, it also sponsors children's day camps, pow wows, flute and art festivals, and archeological seminars.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

An enjoyable multi-cultural experience at a historical location in a seldom-visited part of the city. The dancing & singing we're authentic & well done. The rain stayed away so the grounds were walkable. The Sun Watch building shows its age as does the gift shop. The Great Mii River adjacent to the grounds & partially reconstructed village adds to the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park could disappoint some visitors. The reason being is that the site, a National Historic Landmark on the National Register of Historic Places, is a work in progress dependent on funding and the procedural discipline of fieldwork archaeology. Its interpretive presentation of the 13th-15th C.E. Fort Ancient Indian village and culture is far from complete. However, the... More

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Troy, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

My oldest (8 yrs) had studied Native Americans in school & was fascinated with this place. They did such a good job explaining the history of the native peoples in relation to a time line, it helped to put things in perspective for her. There was an archeologist there on site building one of the replica buildings. He took time... More

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We were traveling and looked up things to do. My dad is Blackfoot tribe descendant and we thought he would have a good time. It was informative and interesting for all of us.

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Dayton, Ohio
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3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Attended a Powwow being held there. Had a great time. Enjoyed the drumming, dancing and native american dress. Only problem was the heat....drink plenty of water and rest in the shade.

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