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“We enjoyed all the sites here” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park
22 S Williams St, Dayton, OH 45402
937 225 7705
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Ranked #6 of 82 things to do in Dayton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: This is the location of the Wright brothers Wright Cycle Company building plus other related historical aviation sites.
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“We enjoyed all the sites here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

Many sites make up this Historical Park. All are good. They have a Passport Stamp program here, visit 7 sites, and you get a "Wilbear." We had fun doing this. Lots to see and some good walking.

Visited May 2012
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Dayton, Ohio
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141 reviews 141 reviews
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“Great history in a few hours, but you need a car!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

This park is located in a number of areas. You will have to drive at least 30 minutes between the sites. Some sites I found better than others. The best surrounds the Wright Cycle Company Complex, which includes the Wright Bicycle Shop, the Dunbar house, and a tour through an adjoining resurgent residential neighborhood. This is the best of the sites, and is worth a couple of hours. In another location is the Interpretive center which, while informative, is not overly exciting, with its static displays. Still, it may be a good first stop to get directions. As an aviation history buff, I should have drooled over the Huffman prairie Flying field complex on Wright-Patterson AFB, but I didn't. Rather dull, with only a few small structures in an open field. Sure, it's the world's first airport, but except to say "I saw it," it may be disappointing. Bottom line: do your research first to pick what you want to see.

Visited March 2012
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Omaha, Nebraska
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“Not Just for Aviation Buffs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

This “park” has five separate sites, so it’s helpful to go to the NPS website for orientation before your visit. We started at the visitor center at the corner of Williams and West Third Streets. The attractive visitor center has terrific displays, and excellent films shown on request in the auditorium. The friendly staff members were very knowledgeable of Wright brothers history, and conducted a private tour of the restored Wright Cycle Company shop next to the visitor center. It’s worth the drive to Huffman Praire Flying Field to see the world’s first airport (where the Wright Brothers did much experimentation), including a reconstruction of the launching track that was necessary before their planes had enough power to get off the ground. We only had time to drive past the Paul Laurence Dunbar house, and would like to have been able to take the tour.

Visited October 2012
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Middletown, Ohio
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“As expected”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

It was interesting how Dayton fancies itself the birthplace of aviation. I think Kittyhawk would take issue with that assertion.

Visited June 2012
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Vienna, Austria
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“recommended for aviation nerds”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

fascinating video detailing the Wright brothers' ambitions and flight innovations, and the video and exhibit about Paul Laurence Dunbar, the African-American poet and artist, who was also school friend to the Wright brothers, was also very educational.

Visited October 2012
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