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SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park

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Address: 2301 West River Road, Dayton, OH 45418-2815
Phone Number: 937-268-8199
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Balanced view of native culture and history that really comes alive during events

A fascinating place to spend a couple of hours. Walk back in time through the rebuilt village and take a look at the exhibits inside. If you can, plan your visit around one of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
Heather M
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

A fascinating place to spend a couple of hours. Walk back in time through the rebuilt village and take a look at the exhibits inside. If you can, plan your visit around one of the annual Pow Wows, the Flute and Art Festival, or a drum circle and make it a day.

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Dayton, Ohio
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Here's a rebuilt village and you could really be transported back to the past! All that is missing would be the odors and you can imagine the ghosts.

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Dayton, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015 via mobile

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"

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Yellow Springs
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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 

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NJ
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191 reviews 191 reviews
18 attraction reviews
270 helpful votes 270 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
40 helpful votes 40 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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112 reviews 112 reviews
30 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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Phoenix
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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.

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Ohio
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61 reviews 61 reviews
29 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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 

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