We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park

Address: 2301 West River Road, Dayton, OH 45418-2815
Phone Number: 937-268-8199
Improve this listing
Ranked #15 of 25 Attractions in Dayton
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Attraction details
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Hotels near SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park

Write a Review

45 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Dayton, Ohio
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

I found it to be very interesting. For years, this was just a few acres of farmland. Then they began finding things. This not the Indian Village you see in the movies. These were ancient Indians. Long before the Europeans came to America. As Shultes, of Hogan's Heros would say, " Very Interesting"

Was this review helpful? Yes
Yellow Springs
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Although interesting, the park is not well suited for smaller kids or those who are "touchy feely". The site is very educational and they have done a wonderful job with restoration. It's also clear that their work is ongoing. There are very few interpretive signs, there are no guides or volunteers to show you around. The building is modern inside... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Top Contributor
186 reviews 186 reviews
16 attraction reviews
269 helpful votes 269 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Cleveland, Ohio
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
20 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Springfield, Ohio
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
24 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Boulder, Colorado
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
29 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
20 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Troy, Michigan
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
37 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park also viewed


Been to SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?