Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 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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  • Sandy O
    Sauk City, Wisconsin1,197 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Learn about the Wright Brothers
    We started our visit to Dayton by visiting here first. We learned so much about how the Wright Brothers got their start, their family, and their flying history. There are also displays about other aviation history. Easy access and parking. Great for the whole family.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 6, 2023
  • esprouls47
    Wadesville, Indiana248 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An excellent National Historic Park
    There are several sites to see in the park. We saw the Wright Cycle Shop and took the ranger tour and saw the museum. Also checked out the Dunbar house. Then went to Carillion park to see the Wright airplane and Huffman Field. Everything was worth the time and money. Did not see the Wright mansion. This park is well worth the time.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 20, 2023
  • Chris M
    Pocono Mountains Region, Pennsylvania470 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very informative and surprisingly robust site
    Don’t be fooled when you turn the corner to visit these sites related to the Wright Brothers. Lots of fascinating history and an informative film narrated by Martin Sheen tells the story of the trials and tribulations of the brothers, who were locals to Dayton. People commonly relate the Wrights to Kitty Hawk but that is merely a small part of their much bigger and interesting journey. This is well worth a visit. The informed NPS staff make it all come to life. If you are in Dayton, recommend checking this out.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 20, 2023
  • GrumpyandtheOldLady
    New York City, New York610 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take the tour, see the displays, get 3 (yes, 3!) Junior Ranger Badges. Don't forget to go to the airfield.
    This park combines the history of Wright Brothers and poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. The NPS does a great job showing how their lives are interwoven. The Wright Brothers movie (On Great White Wings) was exceptional. Do not miss the Ranger led tour of the Wright Brothers' 4th bicycle shop. Don't forget to go to Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center, the Wright Brothers Monument, the Wright Brothers Aviation Center, and the airfield. Each location is absolutely great. Your Junior Rangers have three books to work on, so start early. If you visit the prairie site down by the tarmac/catapult/shed site, your Junior Ranger gets an extra prize. This can be a full day that is so much fun! I loved it.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 24, 2023
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Teardrop Trailer Traveler
United States773 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Dayton Aviation Historical Park focuses mainly on the Wright Brothers, but brings in history from the local area as well. Upstairs in the main building is the Aviation Trail Parachute museum. The Wright's printing press is upstairs and next door is the Wright's bicycle shop. The museum is on the smaller side, but it's informative. All the exhibits can be viewed in less than an hour.

The Wright Flyer III is nearby at Carillon Park and Huffman Field is adjacent to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Both are also part of the park an worth visiting.
Written January 24, 2023
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LiketoeatCincinnati
Cincinnati, OH2,456 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Chris M
Pocono Mountains Region, PA470 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
Don’t be fooled when you turn the corner to visit these sites related to the Wright Brothers. Lots of fascinating history and an informative film narrated by Martin Sheen tells the story of the trials and tribulations of the brothers, who were locals to Dayton. People commonly relate the Wrights to Kitty Hawk but that is merely a small part of their much bigger and interesting journey. This is well worth a visit. The informed NPS staff make it all come to life. If you are in Dayton, recommend checking this out.
Written September 20, 2023
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Sandy O
Sauk City, WI1,197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
We started our visit to Dayton by visiting here first. We learned so much about how the Wright Brothers got their start, their family, and their flying history. There are also displays about other aviation history. Easy access and parking. Great for the whole family.
Written July 6, 2023
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GrumpyandtheOldLady
New York City, NY610 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
This park combines the history of Wright Brothers and poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. The NPS does a great job showing how their lives are interwoven. The Wright Brothers movie (On Great White Wings) was exceptional. Do not miss the Ranger led tour of the Wright Brothers' 4th bicycle shop. Don't forget to go to Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center, the Wright Brothers Monument, the Wright Brothers Aviation Center, and the airfield. Each location is absolutely great. Your Junior Rangers have three books to work on, so start early. If you visit the prairie site down by the tarmac/catapult/shed site, your Junior Ranger gets an extra prize. This can be a full day that is so much fun! I loved it.
Written September 24, 2023
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esprouls47
Wadesville, IN248 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
There are several sites to see in the park. We saw the Wright Cycle Shop and took the ranger tour and saw the museum. Also checked out the Dunbar house. Then went to Carillion park to see the Wright airplane and Huffman Field. Everything was worth the time and money. Did not see the Wright mansion. This park is well worth the time.
Written July 20, 2023
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Hi183765
Saint Charles, MO76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
A well curated National Historic Site. Focuses on the Wright Brothers, as well as local history. Bart of the Dayton Aviation Trail. Docents and Park Rangers were super knowledgable and helpful.
Written April 8, 2023
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Gabe10101
Lexington, KY891 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, MD768 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, NC918 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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