You never know what you'll discover here. Just ask the Wright brothers.
All modesty aside, Dayton is among the most underrated cities in the United States. It's a hidden gem rich in history, culture and recreation.
A mid-sized city in southwestern Ohio, Dayton teems with imagination, innovation and world-class arts and culture. As the "Birthplace of Aviation," Dayton’s brightest and bravest have always pushed society forward, inventing the airplane, the cash register, the electric car starter, modern refrigeration and the bar code scanner — to name just a few. In a 2017 a national survey named Dayton as a top 20 city for STEM jobs, ranking ahead of Columbus, Ohio; Chicago; Los Angeles and New York City.
Things to Do
Arts and Culture
View an art house flick at The Neon. Hop through galleries of local artists, take in exhibits at the Dayton Art Institute and the Dayton Visual Arts Center, or experience world-class concerts, plays and Broadway musicals at the Schuster Performing Arts Center and Victoria Theatre. Enjoy the sounds of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Dayton Opera. Or watch the nationally-recognized Dayton Contemporary Dance Company or Dayton Ballet — the nation's second oldest ballet company.
You can also explore the Dayton International Peace Museum, SunWatch Village, Carillon Historical Park or Paul Laurence Dunbar House. Or take off with the story of flight at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. After all, Dayton is where the Wright Brothers and aviation were born.
For the outdoor enthusiast, Dayton's beautiful river bikeways, recreation trails and parks provide miles and acres of exhilaration. The Miami Valley has more than 300 miles of hiking and water trails, where you can kayak, fish, paddleboard and swim. Camp, bike, hike, backpack, garden, ice skate, volunteer and try new experiences at the Five Rivers MetroParks and in nearby Yellow Springs.
Root, root, root for the Dayton Dragons, the local minor league affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. That is, if you can get tickets — the Dragons have sold out every game since 2000, the longest sellout streak in North American sports history. And if you need a fix for MLB baseball, NFL football, NHL hockey, MLS soccer or just about anything else, Cincinnati and Columbus are both just an hour away.
Our own Dayton Flyers are also a local — and national — attraction. Our basketball teams reached the Elite Eight in 2014 (men) and 2015 (women). And 10 teams have advanced to the NCAA postseason in the last decade: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s cross country, football, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s track and field (indoor and outdoor), and volleyball.