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Things to do in Dayton

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Museum
“This is the largest air force museum in the world .It houses Wright brothers first plane ,World war-two planes, all sorts of military planes and space shuttles .They are constantly adding new displays.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Founded in 1919, The Dayton Art Institute is one of the region’s premier fine arts museums. In addition to exhibiting outstanding special exhibitions and impressive collections of art from throughout the world, the museum is renowned for education programming that includes an array of offerings for diverse audiences. The Dayton Art Insitute is committed to enriching lives and serving the community by creating meaningful experiences with art.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Park
“This is a must-see when visiting Dayton. Amazing displays, historical artifacts, and trains.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Park
“During the warmer months you can rent paddle boats and go out on the river. There is a long bike trail that runs along the river and there are many festivals and live music in the Pavlovian. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“A little bit of a drive (25 min) but well worth it if you have little ones (even adults) who like to play games, go carts, food, drinks, laser tag, etc, etc. VERY large indoor entertainment arcade. Little ones will love it. (friends in their 20's and 30's like it too)”
  • 7 locals recommend
Food
“This is the largest brewery in Dayton. They offer family style, large benches with games and some of the best pizza in town. During the warmer months they roll up huge garage doors to offer a open air environment. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Local growers, bakers, culinary specialists, and artisans fill this charming historic freight house. Reminiscent of European markets, it's alive with vendors, people and activity during market hours year-round.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Don’t miss the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra! Great performances every week! I sang with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus for 4 years, 1st soprano. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“This street is filed with shops, local eats and bars for any type of person. This is the place to go when in Dayton.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
“Great food with vegan options and a fantastic cocktail list. Trendy ambiance and fabulous patio!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bakery
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“I don't drink coffee, but my coffee snob employees LOVE this joint. Short walk. Some food.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
“Great experience with amazing staff and some local flavor. Walking distance to tons of local breweries and restaurants. You'll love the atmosphere at the Neon! ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bar
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“The best old-fashions in the city, the atmosphere takes you back in time - Chris loves this bar!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
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“Gluten-free and Vegan friendly bar food. The sweet potato fries are out of this world!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“A real neighborhood dive that looks the part but serves outstanding food. Great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Gets very crowded for weekend breakfasts.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Food
“Set in an old urban warehouse, this brewery​ features 40 local taps, pizza, and subs with a great outdoor seating space”
  • 7 locals recommend

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General Entertainment
“A little bit of a drive (25 min) but well worth it if you have little ones (even adults) who like to play games, go carts, food, drinks, laser tag, etc, etc. VERY large indoor entertainment arcade. Little ones will love it. (friends in their 20's and 30's like it too)”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“Great food with vegan options and a fantastic cocktail list. Trendy ambiance and fabulous patio!”
  • 10 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Incredible food, inventive cocktails, and stellar service. Great patio. A little on the pricier side but well worth it.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“Gluten-free and Vegan friendly bar food. The sweet potato fries are out of this world!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A real neighborhood dive that looks the part but serves outstanding food. Great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Gets very crowded for weekend breakfasts.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The most amazing breakfast. The wait is soooo worth it!! Expect a wait on the weekends. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Great downtown spot in the Oregon District. Eclectic menu often vegetarian dishes galore!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“Busy, late night spot in the Oregon District with good beer and board games.”
  • 6 locals recommend

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