The museum, located near Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, is the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world. The informative chronological layout tells the exciting story of flight from the days of the Wright Brothers at Kittyhawk to the modern Space Age. Exhibits include approximately 200 aircrafts and missiles, plus many family oriented and historically interesting aeronautical displays. The IMAX Theatre is a unique addition to the museum treating the visitor to a three story movie screen experience. Shows are scheduled throughout the day. Featured films are changed on a regular basis. Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. For more information please call (937) 255-3286. www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/
Over 65 acres of land make this historical park an enjoyable place to spend a summer day. Over 50 unusual historical exhibits tracing the age of industrial development are housed here. A favorite exhibit is the Wright Flyer III, the place described by Orville Wright as the one in which he and his brother really learned to fly. Other exhibits include a 1920 auto dealership, an old print shop, a grist mill, locks from a canal, a one-room schoolhouse, antique trains, and even an early period gas station. Open May 1 through October 31. There is an admission fee of $1.00. For more information please call (937) 293-2841. www.daytonhistory.org/
This is an 1880s historical farm with historical demonstrations and hayrides each weekend. There is a furnished farmhouse, barn, cows, horses, blacksmith shop, and woodworking shed. The newest addition is a museum of local history including artifacts and exhibits on the Indians and early settlers. Open daily. For more information please call (937) 879-0461. www.metroparks.org/
This attraction is a museum complex featuring exhibits and artifacts. Tour a reconstructed prehistoric Indian village with demonstrations of prehistoric crafts and interpretive information. Please call (937) 268-8199 for more information. www.sunwatch.org/
A working farm doubles as an environmental educational facility. Operated by the National Auduban Society, the farm is designed for outdoor, environmental and agricultural education. There is a nature trail where young and old will delight in the many varieties of plant and animal life. For more information please call (937) 890-7630.