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Day Tripping to Dayton, OH

Great options for exploring are a short drive away.  Maybe you only have a few days to travel, didn’t get your planning done early, or the budget doesn’t allow for a big trip.  There are many ways to create an enjoyable day for friends and family within reach. Cities within the Midwest provide exciting memories, without the hassles of airports or long travels.  Sometimes it is easier to stay close to home, but that does not mean it won’t be fun. 

There are several drivable destinations in the midwest that are full of family friendly activities, food and lodging.  Pick a city you have always wanted to check out and immerse yourself in its culture, food and entertainment. 


The birthplace of Orville Wright has no shortage of history for a family interested in aviation. It is the sixth largest city in Ohio and has many museums and family friendly attractions to explore. 

National Museum of the US Airforce

Located at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is the world’s largest military aviation museum. More than 350 aerospace vehicles and missiles are on display. Admission and parking is free.

1100 Spaatz St, Dayton, Ohio. 937-255-3286.

Carillon Historical park

History can be found inside and out at Carillon Historical Park including the 1905 Wright Flyer III. The park also has the largest carillon in Ohio, the Deeds Carillon.

​​1000 Carillon Blvd, Dayton, Ohio. 937-293-2841

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

A children’s museum, science and technology center and zoo can be enjoyed all in one stop. Bats, snakes and meerkats are among the animals at the Discovery Zoo. One of the permanent exhibits is a fully enclosed treehouse called the MeadWestvaco Treehouse. 

2600 Deweese Pkwy, Dayton, Ohio. 937-275-7431.

Tru by Hilton Beavercreek Dayton 

The modern interior and family friendly amenities at Tru make for a restful and fun stay. There is an indoor pool, pool table and fitness center in the hotel. Complimentary hot breakfast is available in the lobby. It is located just 10 minutes from the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

3813 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Fairborn, Ohio. 937-988-0250.

Young’s Jersey Dairy 

There are many ways to have fun at this dairy farm. There are batting cages, miniature golf courses, a barrel ride, a driving range and a kiddie corral. If you plan accordingly, you can stock up at the Homemade Ice Cream Pint Sale March 31 to April 3 or participate in their Easter egg hunt on April 17.

6880 Springfield Xenia Rd, Yellow Springs, Ohio. 937-325-0629.

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