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SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park

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Address: 2301 W River Rd, Dayton, OH 45417-6815
Phone Number: 937-268-8199
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Visited many times since it was first opened to public

It just takes you back to the harsh life they had. But they had to all depend on each other. The homes had to be filled with smoke. There was no privacy. Makes you enjoy how... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Dayton, Ohio
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Dayton, Ohio
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It just takes you back to the harsh life they had. But they had to all depend on each other. The homes had to be filled with smoke. There was no privacy. Makes you enjoy how easy you have it. They also have a small museum.

Thank whallojk
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51 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on a Sunday afternoon. Hardly anyone there but us! After a short video you could pick going through the inside or outside exhibits first. The good: clean facility, interesting displays. Nice gift shop! The not so good - the outside and some of the inside had an unpleasant odor. It wasn't constant - kind of came in waves?... More 

Thank looking4OZ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

Very cool piece of history. A lot of artifacts in the museum and great effort to restore the site. As of 9/11/16 it is $7/person for adults, which was a little pricey for me but then again it's a great education center and the money goes towards the upkeep of the facility. I encourage anyone that enjoys history to visit... More 

Thank Braden R
Dayton, Ohio
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57 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

Museum was small , but the kids really enjoyed the outdoor part where you get to see how Indians lived and where the slept Took us 1-2 hours to complete , so it wasn't a full day activity

Thank Nadav A
Grove City, Ohio
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

I heard about this place from a co-worker who loves in Dayton. If you are looking for a peaceful place this fits the bill. There is a lot of information on the sun watchers throughout the village. It is small so there is not too much walking required. There is a short video about the people, the village,and the history... More 

Thank Julie B
Dayton, Ohio, United States
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48 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016

Not many know that across the river next to the Carillon Park is Calvary Cemetery. There were archeological findings in the early 1900's of an Indian Mound and a long earthen wall overlooking the steep cliffs on the Carillon Park side of the cemetery. Read book here: https://archive.org/stream/introductiontoge00foerrich#page/n21/mode/2up In addition-there is a promotory point overlooking the river which is not... More 

Thank Joy W
Dayton Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2016

A perfect outside day trip for kids and adults. It lets you put yourself back in time and learn about folks who were here long ago. Even though it's historical it's very kid friendly. They can touch stuff.

Thank rugelus
Muscatine, Iowa
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107 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2016

My sister and I visited this attraction on a weekday and had the entire place to ourselves. It is a short drive from Dayton and very easily accessible. We started with the 12-minute movie about the Native Americans that lived here 800 years ago, and then walked outside to see the restored Native American village and finished inside with the... More 

Thank Debra D
Dayton, Ohio
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21 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2016

Both kids and adults can find things to enjoy at this park. This provides a good introduction to local Native American history. Keep an eye out for special events such as powwows- these are a really good way to learn about indigenous cultures.

Thank MelanieSH888
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32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

A short drive and your are back in time. See and experience the Ft. Ancient culture! Learn how the farmed, hunted and so much more! It is a great was to spend a few hours!

Thank Heather H

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