Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park

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Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park
4.5
Historic Sites • National Parks
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This is the location of the Wright brothers Wright Cycle Company building plus other related historical aviation sites.
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elawson
philadelphia area525 contributions
Jul 2021
This is one of multiple sites and the review is only for this one building. It's not huge. You can definitely get through it in an hour unless you are really interested in local history or the Wright Brothers.
I had my kids do the junior ranger booklet which always gives a good overview of the park without going into great detail. The parachute museum was interesting too....my older teens might have enjoyed that part the most.
Written July 26, 2021
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LiketoeatCincinnati
Cincinnati, OH2,357 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
This is a must see museum that explains the history of the first flight in some detail. They also have a lot about the Wright Brothers family. It is just west of downtown and has free parking. The price of admission is also free. This is well worth the experience.
Written July 5, 2021
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Gabe10101
Lexington, KY900 contributions
Apr 2018 • Family
The Dayton Aviation Heritage NHP is one of many sites around Dayton relating to the birthplace of aviation. This site is among the most significant since it's the childhood and adult home and workplace of the Wright Brothers. Two of their shops and the site of the other shops plus their home are located here. Inside the main building which housed the Wright Brothers' first print shop outside their home, is a well-done museum. It includes not only historical artifacts and information about the Wright Brothers, but also a period grocery store that was located on the first floor of the building, plus a parachute museum upstairs.

The museum also represents Paul Laurence Dunbar, a famous poet who grew up in Dayton and lived nearby until his untimely death at age 33.

What you won't find at this NHP is an authentic Wright brothers airplane. Those are at the Smithsonian and the Dayton Carillion. But, there is much to see here and it's worth a couple hours of your time. There is much else in Dayton concerning early development of aviation, so check TripAdvisor for more things to do in Dayton.

Here's more info for your visit:
- Parking is plentiful and free and admission is free, so drop by for even a few minutes if passing through Dayton!
- Plan to spend 2-3 hours to see everything inside and out.
- Even outside operating hours, there is a lot to see outside.
- Park Rangers are available to lead tours of the bike shop and answer questions. They were very helpful.
- The museum houses a small gift shop.
- The neighborhood immediately outside the NHP is restored, but the surrounding neighborhood is run down. Avoid the area after dark. There are no gas stations or restaurants nearby.
- If you want to see the Wright family house and Bike Shop occupied during development of the flyers, you'll need to travel to the Henry Ford museum outside Detroit. Empty lots with historical markers are all that is left of these structures in Dayton. But, the previous bike shop (third?) and print shop (first?) remain in Dayton and still have historical significance.
- There is an RV lot for large vehicles, but it doesn't look large enough for very large campers.
- The museum is handicap accessible with an elevator to the second floor. The bike shop had stairs, but may be accessible through a side door.
- If you have kids, they can earn a free Wilbur Bear stuffed animal by visiting 7 of the 14 aviation sites around Dayton including the Air Force Museum.
Written April 10, 2018
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Blue J
Havre de Grace, MD789 contributions
Oct 2014 • Family
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 inspiring films you will see at a National Park Site. The movie on the Wright brothers was skillfully done. If you do not leave that theater with an enthusiastic and emotional response, then something is wrong. If you are into history, do not miss this site while in Dayton. Our only issue is that we were not able to visit the Wright brothers bicycle shop due to the lack of enough national park staff. Perhaps one day this country will get priorities figured out. We are a family of 4. My 12yr old son was especially happy we stopped. If you are a coffee junkie as well, do not miss the Gaslight Coffee Shop in Dayton. Where else can you get a black walnut and balsamic latte? Fabulous!
Written October 19, 2014
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aboyer8
Durham, NC961 contributions
May 2014 • Couples
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 down town area. It is very informative, but has great interactive activities for the kids. The park is free to walk around and well worth the visit. I would plan to spend 2 hours to get a full experience.
Written August 12, 2014
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N R
Chicago, IL39 contributions
Jul 2013 • Family
We were in Dayton for the weekend and our main adventure was going to be the Air Force museum but since we love National Parks and the kids love getting the stamps in their National Park Passports, we had to check this out. We only were able to get to the Wright Visitor Center and see the Wright memorial and the overlook to the Huffman Flying Field but that was enough to learn a lot. We saw the 30 minute movie which gave all the history of the Wrights and then got to fly a simulator of their 1909 plane which was awesome. From up on the bluff you can see the fields where they did all of their test flights. Definitely worth a stop!
Written July 29, 2013
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NNMinAL
Daphne, AL283 contributions
This is a great place to see before going to the FANTASTIC Air museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Small, doesn't take too long. Amazing to see where the Wright Brothers began their work and then not too many miles away see how far aviation has developed in barely 100 years.
Written January 2, 2009
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Rita D
33 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
This is actually five sites in one. Half close to downtown Dayton, the other half out towards the air base.

1. Main museum: covers early life through invention of the airplane. Great story, but fewer actually artifacts than I expected and you will not get the full picture from this museum alone.

2. Wright Cycle Shop: cool that they preserved the workshop, but again, it's a little underwhelming Neat just to say you've been in the room.

3.Paul Lawrence Dunbar House: they only give a few tours a day here and we couldn't go on one, so we read the little informational panels and moved along.

4. Wright Patterson interpretive Center: slightly smaller museum but more focused on flight. Great Rangers here. Also a very good monument and lookout.

5. Huffman Praire Flying Field: where they actually tested the planes. Very pretty and you can feel the history. The signs here were helpful.

We spent the better part of a day doing everything. You can get a total of 4-6 Junior Ranger badges and patches if you do the whole thing. I highly recommend reading or listening to the audiobook of David McCullogh's 'The Wright Brothers' if you're going to tackle the whole aviation trail.
Written July 9, 2018
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txtravelbug7
houston189 contributions
Jun 2013 • Couples
We enjoyed learning about the Wright Brothers in more detail. Having been to Kitty Hawk/Kill Devil Hills, we now feel like the circle is complete. Our favorite site was the Huffman Prairie Flying Field. We were the only ones there on a cloudy Thursday morning, and it was wonderful. We could picture the Wrights out there experimenting in the relative quiet and solitude, and the site has probably not changed particularly from what it looked like in 1904-5. Flags are posted to give you the idea of the circular path the flights took and there is a reproduction of a hangar and catapult used in those early experiments. Go and immerse yourself in aviation history!
Written July 8, 2013
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WADEKIND
Kettering, OH61 contributions
This is not a park or anything like a park. It is a group of different historical sites spread through out the Dayton area. I rated this poor because someone from out of town would not know this from the description and because the Wright Cycle Company, the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center and the Paul Laurence Dunbar House are located in areas of town that I would not feel safe going to in the day or night.
Written December 21, 2011
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Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park is open:
  • Wed - Sun 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM