Local Area Attractions
National Museum of the United States Air Force
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/
Carillon Historical Park
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/
Carriage Hill Farm
This is an 1880’s 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/
Sunwatch Archaeological Park and Prehistoric Indian Village
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/
Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm
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. http://www.audubon.org/local/sanctuary/aullwood/
Stroll lovely grounds where trees, shrubs and flowers are cultivated. Compare this horticultural environment with the natural environment also preserved here. There are several ponds with fish and ducks to feed. This is nature’s preservation at its best! www.coxarboretum.org
Brookville Historical Society and Museum
Located in the Samuel Spitler house in downtown Brookville, this home is said to be the finest example of Victorian Architecture in Ohio. Completely restored to original condition and furnished with period furniture. Open 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and other times by appointment. The museum is closed on holidays. For more information please call (937) 833-3470. www.dcoweb.org/brookville/
Dayton Art Institute
The Dayton Art Institute is as beautiful to look at as the works housed inside. A fine Midwest art collection is located in an outstanding example of Italian Renaissance Architecture. Concerts, films, lectures and symposiums are among the programs offered. Admission is free. Open Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Please call (937) 223-5277 for more information. www.daytonartinstitute.org/
Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park
Comprised of several sites in and around Dayton, this park includes the site of the original bicycle shop of the Wright Brothers. www.nps.gov/daav/
Dayton Museum of Natural History
Highlights of this museum are the live animal exhibit and the planetarium, which offers seven sky shows weekly. Admission is charged on Sunday through Friday, and the museum is free on Saturday. It is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, and open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Friday. Also open 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. For more information please call (937) 275-7431. www.boonshoftmuseum.org/
The public bikeway is a fine gravel surface bikeway built on the old railroad tracks. The Dayton Bikeway is an extensive paved trail along the Great Miami River that stretches from the southern suburbs, through the City of Dayton, to the northwest. Sites to see on the bikeway include Kettering Fields Softball Complex, Carillon Park and Bell Tower, The Museum of Natural History, Triangle Park, Island Park and much more! www.miamivalleytrails.org/gmiami.htm
This museum has an outstanding collection of early American artifacts and local Native American Indian artifacts. The museum also includes a large collection of Annie Oakley memorabilia and a Lowell Thomas exhibit. Please call (937) 548-5250 for more information. www.garstmuseum.org/
Historic Clifton Mill
Enjoy breakfast or lunch at Clifton Mill, one of America’s oldest grist mills, situated along the scenic Little Miami River, adjacent to Clifton Gorge and located in the Historic Village of Clifton. Hike the trails in Clifton Gorge and shop at the local antique shops. For more information please call (937) 767-5501. www.cliftonmill.com/
Glen Helen Nature Preserve
This large nature reserve has some of the most extensive hiking trails in the area. While walking the trails, you will experience nature at its finest with many varieties of birds and vegetation. You will be awed by the natural waterfalls and beauty of the area. www.glenhelen.org/preserve/
Many shops located within 15 miles of the campground. Whether it is a small or large shop there is an assortment of fine antiques and collectibles.
Airstream Factory Tours
Tour the factory and see Airstream travel trailers made right before your eyes! The factory is located in Jackson Center. www.airstream.com
Kill-Kare Speedway and Dragway
Race fans, this is your place for racing. Features both an oval track and drag strip. Races held every weekend throughout the summer. Located nearby in Xenia. www.kilkare.com/
Paramount’s Kings Island Amusement Park
One of Ohio’s premier amusement parks with rides, games and shows daily. Rides for the young and old with a special area just for the little ones. Concerts are held on various dates throughout the summer featuring national acts. A ticket to the concert includes admission into the park.
College Football Hall of Fame
This nationally recognized hall features information on players with outstanding careers at our nation’s colleges and universities. The Hall of Fame is located next to Kings Island.
Ranked as a national top 10 waterpark by the New York Times, The Beach is the largest regional waterpark with the only watercoaster in the Midwest. Relax in adult leisure area, splash in Thunder Beach wave pool or race down water slides. Play areas for children, food and shopping. Open daily May 24 to September 2.
Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum
Displays not only memorabilia but lets visitors experience a simulated trip to the moon in its astrotheatre.