Family-Friendly Dayton Attractions

Top 10 Dayton Attractions

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Nestled in a quiet park slightly north of downtown Dayton, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is a hidden gem full of uncovering and learning!

Carillon Historical Park

Dayton’s place in our national narrative is inextricably linked to vehicles. And, any parent will tell you that kids generally love all things that go. Which is just one of the reasons to visit Dayton’s Carillon Historical Park.

Children’s Discovery Garden

The Children’s Discovery Garden at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark is a child-friendly place to discover, experience and love our world through gardening.

Cox Arboretum

Cox Arboretum MetroPark is a very special place for visitors to approach, enter and connect with nature. Come look at, discover and rest in the serenity and majesty of trees and shrubs thoughtfully arranged to capture the imagination.

Dayton Art Institute

The Dayton Art Institute is one of the region’s premier fine arts museums. The museum’s collection spans 5,000 years of art history and also hosts concerts, family and youth programs, classes, social events and more.

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park

This United States National Historical Park, commemorates three important historical figures—Wilbur Wright, Orville Wright, and poet Paul Laurence Dunbar—and their work in the Miami Valley.

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is the largest aviation museum in the world and one of Ohio’s most glorious hidden gems, and it makes for a perfect way to spend the day

Sunwatch Indian Village

SunWatch Indian Village / Archaeological Park, previously known as the Incinerator Site, and designated by the Smithsonian trinomial 33-MY-57, is a reconstructed Fort Ancient Native American village.

Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum

Woodland Cemetery is one of the nation’s five oldest rural garden cemeteries offering a unique cultural, botanical and educational resource in the heart of Dayton, Ohio.

Young’s Jersey Dairy

Located in Yellow Springs, OH, you’ll find family-friendly farm fun at Young’s Jersey Dairy all year round – but this hidden gem really comes alive in the fall.

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