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Things to Do near Wright-Patterson AFB

The Woodman Park Apartments are located in the Eastern Hills neighborhood of Dayton, OH. Our community sits just off Woodman Drive and 35. We are minutes from downtown Dayton just next to MacGregor Park.

For the activity enthusiast, we offer a full basketball court, outdoor pool, sand volleyball court, facility, playground, and much more!

Dayton is known as the birthplace of aviation. The local aviation culture is easily one of the largest draws for many fans alike. However, if you are not an aviation fan, there are other things for you to do in Dayton, that deserve a spot on your itinerary.


Top 5 Things To Do In Dayton


1. The Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center (Free)


Yes, you need to check out the main aviation attractions and take the family.

If you just go to visit one of these aviation facilities, I would say the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center is a must. This building is listed as a National Historic Landmark due to the fact that this was the location where the Wright Cycle Company was founded back in the early years.

Did you know, the Wright Brothers in fact weren’t always airmen? They actually started out in the printing industry? When you visit this center, you will also learn about their early years.

This completely free attraction is open to everyone Wednesday-Sunday, within normal business hours, and features exhibits and copies of the early films.

16 S. Williams St.
Dayton, Ohio 45402


2. National Museum of the U.S. Air Force (Free)


Now lets jump through time to the modern era and check out some of aviation’s history newer attractions, at the U.S. Air Force National Museum.

This by far is the world’s oldest and largest military aviation museum as well as the most-visited attraction for tourists in the state of Ohio.

This place pulls in just over one million people who visit each year! There are over 340 aerospace vehicles, artifacts, and tons of missiles to explore over 16 acres of indoor space.

Exhibits are in chronological order, so that you can easily walk through history by the decades and see things develop and how they changed over time.

There are tons of hands-on activities for adults and kids alike, such as sitting in the pilot seat of a jet or walking through a NASA space shuttle.

Do you want an added bonus worth the price of admission if there was one? How about seeing the only B-2 stealth bomber on display in the world?

1100 Spaatz Street
Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433
(937) 255-3286


3. America’s Packard Museum ($4.00)


The America Packard Museum opened back in 1992 by Robert Signom who was a car collector. The original building was built in 1917 and when they moved in, they took the same name as the original Citizens Motorcar Company but to everyone, it’s known as the Packard Museum.

The museum was listed as one of the Top Ten Auto Museums in The United States by Car Collector magazine, as well as the Society of Automotive Historians conferred the prestigious Bradley Award upon the Museum for its "exemplary efforts" in preserving motor vehicle resource materials.

Robert had a vision and one day purchased and restored The Motorcar Company and turn it into the world's largest Public Packard collection ever created and the only Packard dealership currently operating as a museum. There are over 50 automobiles on display in the restored showroom, pavilion, and service department. Also, there are several artifacts from the Packard Motorcar Company that are currently on display. The museum is centrally located in the Motorcar District.

420 S Ludlow St,
Dayton, OH 45402
(937) 226-1710


4. The Dayton Philharmonic


The Dayton Philharmonic is just an amazing place for all types of events. There is a wide range of shows that can be performed at the DP such as, The Rockin’ Orchestra, that plays music by (Elton John, U2, David Bowie and much more). You can also find a good selection of family concerts as well as holiday concerts.

The Masterworks is a celebration of the classical composers.

One West Second Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402
888 228 3630



5. Buckeye Brew Tours


The Buckeye Brew Tour is one you will enjoy for sure. On this brew tour, you will get a sampling of over a dozen different local crafted brews that are popping up all over the city of Dayton.

The Buckeye brew tour bus takes you to three different pubs that

brew their own beer. When you visit each location, you will get to try three different beers, for a total of 12 different brews. Some of the stops on the tours include Star City Brewing Company, Lucky Star Brewery, Eudora Brewing Co, and the Dayton Beer Company.

1000 Carillon Boulevard Dayton, Ohio 45409



Top 5 Amazing Places To Eat In Dayton

The center of the aviation industry in Ohio and the Midwest, Dayton has attracted citizens from many different cultures. As a result, the city’s dining scene is an eclectic fusion of local tradition and international flavor. These five must-try restaurants define Dayton’s culinary culture, from laid-back bistros and cafes, to innovative food served in luxury settings.


Coco’s Bistro

Bistro, Pizzeria, Restaurant, American, BBQ, $$$

Coco’s Bistro is a nice warm, intimate style restaurant, the menu encompasses a good decent range of upscale American fare along with continental inspiration. Start your experience with an appetizer of fried Brie or how about a Denver lamb rib, and then enjoy a course of Bourbon Street salad or wasabi BBQ duck. For more of a casual experience, try one of their amazing artisanal pizzas. Reservations are suggested, and a private room is available for larger groups.

250 Warren St
Dayton, OH 45402




Vegan, American

Olive, a self-described urban dive, is arguably Dayton’s most accommodating restaurant. Offering gluten-free, paleo-friendly, vegetarian, vegan, and multi-allergy options, Olive has something to please everyone. The restaurant creates its meals from as many local, organic and free-range sources as possible to ensure the highest quality. Re-purposing the former home of a Wympee diner, Dayton’s first drive-in built in 1938, Olive has a unique, Chicago bistro-inspired ambiance inside, while the outside remains the same, including the signage. Like the fast-food restaurants of a bygone era, Olive seeks to make its customer service paramount, the perfect side to its tasty Mediterranean-American fare.




Tickets Pub & Eatery

Greek, American

Tickets Pub & Eatery is a family-owned business in Fairborn. They serve Greek dishes and some American food including wings, gyro, Greek salad, and catfish. The pub has wine, draft beer, bottled beer, specialty drinks, and spirits. Visit Tickets for good food and fun!

Fairborn, OH



Coldwater Cafe

Cafe, Restaurant, American, $$$

Located just north of the Dayton Airport Coldwater Café offers an exquisite selection of dishes by Chef Nick Hoover. You can also dine at the Chef’s Table, and enjoy a five-course meal with wine pairings.  Signature dishes include the Chilean sea bass ostrich filet and gourmet grilled cheese.

Coldwater diners can also take advantage of cozy indoor and outdoor seating, as well as the private function room they named the Upper Plate, which offers great views. Coldwater Cafe is open for daily lunch and dinner.


19 E Main St
Tipp City, OH 45371




Thai 9

Restaurant, French, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, $$$

Thai 9 offers authentic Thai food and also sushi. Found in Dayton's Oregon Historic District, this Thai restaurant also has a wide selection of wine, craft beer, and liquor. Customer favorites include the Crab Rangoon, Chicken Fried Rice, Pad Thai, Mango Sticky Rice, and sushi. Be warned, when they say it’s spicy … it’s really spicy! Thai 9 has a little something for everyone, adventurous eaters and not-so daring eaters. Try out this local restaurant!

11 Brown St
Dayton, OH 45402


Schools in Dayton, OH

Dayton Public Schools
(937) 542-3000