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1. Unique Scavenger Hunt Experience in Dayton by 3Quest Challenge

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2. Dayton Dash Scavenger Hunt

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3. Dayton Bar Hunt: Get Your Drink on in Dayton

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4. Dayton Scavenger Hunt: Dayton's Soaring Heights

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5. Adventurous Scavenger Hunt in Dayton by Wacky Walks

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6. Adventurous Scavenger Hunt in Dayton by Zombie Scavengers

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7. Unique Scavenger Hunt Experience in Dayton by Operation City Quest

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8. James M. Cox Dayton Airport (DAY) to Dayton - Round-Trip Private Transfer

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9. James M. Cox Dayton Airport (DAY) to Dayton - Departure Private Transfer

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10. James M. Cox Dayton Airport (DAY) to Dayton - Arrival Private Transfer

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11. Murder Mystery Detective Experience in Dayton OH

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12. Space & Flight Tour, SW Ohio (1 Day, or Book 3 Day!)

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Hidden Brewery Caverns Tour in Cincinnati with Beer Tasting

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Ultimate Queen City Underground Tour

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Cincinnati History & Sightseeing Bus Tour

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Top 10 Sites + Top 5 Foods of Cincinnati Morning Tour

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Newport "Sin City" Mobster Tour

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Ultimate Queen City is Haunted Tour

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Fairchild PT-19 Private Flight Experience in Middletown

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Built on Beer Tour

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Cincinnati Wine and Dessert Tour With Tastings

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Haunted Cincinnati Booze and Boos Ghost Walking Tour

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Smartphone-Guided Walking Tour of Downtown Cincinnati Sights & Stories

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Cincinnati Brewing & Distilling Tasting Tour

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Cincinnati Ethnic Food and Culture Tour in Over the Rhine

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Saturday Cincy Brunch, History and Streetcar Tour

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The Escape Game Cincinnati: 60-Minute Adventures at The Banks

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Self Guided Cincinnati Ghost Haunted Walking Tour Audio Tour Music Hall OTR

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Sunday Brunch at Findlay Market Tour

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Cincinnati Ghosts By US Ghost Adventures

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Cincinnati Walking Tour with River Cruise

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Over & Under the Rhine Tour

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Mainstrasse Village Food Tour in Covington KY

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Roebling Point Food and Culture Tour in Covington KY

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Distillery Tour at Second Sight Spirits with Spirits Tasting

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Electric Bikes Rental in Troy

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Over The Rhine Cocktail Tour

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Cincinnati Original Craft Brewery Small-Group Tour

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Craft Brewery 3 Stop Hop

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Cincinnati Court Street Food Tour with Vegan Options

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Cincinnati Wine & Dine In Over the Rhine evening tour

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Dayton, Ohio is a great place for food lovers. Explore the city's culinary scene with Dayton Food Tours. This vibrant city offers a delightful mix of flavors, cuisines, and dining experiences that are sure to tantalize your taste buds.

One of the reasons Dayton is a great foodie city is its rich food culture. From classic diners serving hearty breakfasts to upscale restaurants offering gourmet dishes, there's something to satisfy every palate. Dayton's food scene is diverse and evolving, with a growing number of farm-to-table eateries and international restaurants showcasing global flavors.

The city's history also plays a significant role in its culinary appeal. Dayton's deep-rooted aviation heritage has given rise to aviation-themed restaurants, offering a unique dining experience. Additionally, the city's strong sense of community fosters a welcoming atmosphere, making it a great place to explore new tastes and meet friendly locals.

Dayton Food Tours offer a curated experience, allowing you to sample the best the city has to offer. Whether you're craving a juicy burger, authentic Mediterranean cuisine, or artisanal ice cream, these tours take you on a gastronomic journey through Dayton's culinary hotspots. So, don't miss the chance to savor Dayton's flavors and culture – book a Dayton Food Tour today and discover why this city is a hidden foodie paradise.

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These tours make use of Roamli – a simple app you can install on your phone (in the Apple or GooglePlay Store) that lets you see your current location in relation to the self-guided walking tour maps we’ve created. 

Download the app from the App Store (for iPhones) or Google Play (for Androids).

Or, get familiar with the tours by viewing them on your desktop by clicking these links (no app or login required for desktop mode):

https://portal.roamli.com/view/event/DAYTONART

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We currently have the following self-guided walking tours available in Roamli:

Outdoor Public Art Walk – Roamli code: DAYTONART

Downtown Brewery & Distillery – Roamli code: DAYTONBEER

Espresso & Treats – Roamli code: DAYTONCAFE

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Roamli Instructions:

  • Once you have it downloaded on your phone, open the app and select the “Sign Up” button from login screen. Follow the steps to create an account, using your email address and creating a password.
  • After creating your account, the app will take you through a quick tutorial. 
  • On the sidebar menu of the home screen of the app, tap the menu on the edge of the screen
  • Select the middle option “Tracks”
  • Insert the walking tour code (listed above)
  • Click on the image of the walking tour
  • To save this tour to your “favorite track” so you can easily find it later on – hit the start button on the top right of the screen
  • Tap “Press to Start” to begin the tour
  • Choose “View Challenges” to explore all the locations that will be on the tour 
  •  Or go directly to the map to see the walking route.

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Carillon Historical Park is a 65-acre open-air history museum that serves as the main campus for Dayton History. We share the amazing stories of how Dayton changed the world!

Mon - Sat: 9:30am - 5:00pm Sun: 12:00pm - 5:00pm 937-293-2841

1000 Carillon Boulevard Dayton, Ohio 45409

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The John W. Berry, Sr. Wright Brothers National Museum has more Wright artifacts on display than any other place in the world, including the 1905 Wright Flyer III: the only airplane designated a National Historic Landmark, the first practical flying machine, and what the Wright brothers considered their most important aircraft.

Referred to as “the first pilot’s last project,” preserving the 1905 Wright Flyer III for Carillon Historical Park was Orville Wright’s last major project before he died on January 30, 1948. And while Orville died before Carillon Park was opened in 1950, he had a hand in designing Wright Hall—the building that houses the 1905 Wright Flyer III.

Adjacent to Wright Hall is Carillon Historical Park’s Wright bicycle shop—a replica of Wilbur and Orville’s fifth and final store at 1127 W. Third St. in West Dayton. In 1936, with Orville’s endorsement, Henry Ford purchased the original building, and in 1938, it was moved from 1127 W. Third Street and dedicated at Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Carillon Park’s cycle shop resembles how the Wright brothers’ store would have appeared between mid-October to mid-December 1901.

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Each Dayton brewery tour includes transportation, tours and tastings.

Check the calendar below for Dayton brewery tour availability.

The meeting place in Dayton is Carillon Brewing Co 1000 Carillon Boulevard Dayton, Ohio 45409

3-hour, 3 Brewery Tour: $50/person

3.5-hour, 3 Brewery Tour: $55/person

4-hour, 4 Brewery Tour; $60/person

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Discover our nation's past, present and future. From the Smithsonian museums to the memorials and monuments, D.C. is brimming with history. Check out some of our most popular student trips to Washington, D.C.

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While in Chicago our tours include the Field Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquarium & Oceanarium, Adler Planetarium and the Museum of Science and Industry.

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New York is a whirlwind of non-stop excitement. With tours of the United Nations, NBC Studio Tour, Radio City Music Hall Tour, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Empire State Building and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

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Classic Student Tours is a Dayton, Ohio based tour company that specializes in affordable educational student tours. Our itineraries are customized to each schools curriculum and teachers' request. For over twenty years we have enjoyed providing tours for thousands of student to various cities and historic locations throughout the United States. We conduct tours for elementary, middle, junior high and high school students. Each itinerary is customized to that specific age group. The majority of our professionally trained tour managers are retired educators and administrators who know and understand students.

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Itineraries are customized to school curriculum. We visit Historic sites and landmarks that are personalized by each group.

We offer Competitive Pricing as well as Payment Plans. We also accept Credit Cards. Call for more details

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Classic Student Tours enriches students with the experience of travel to some of the most iconic and historical cities in the United States. Click the learn more button below to view our most popular student tour locations. If you don't see a city on our list we also visit numerous other cities and will plan a tour to your desired destination. All of our student tours include deluxe hotel accommodations, deluxe motor coach transportation, the services of a professional tour manager from start to finish, school inscribed t-shirt, emergency insurance, complimentary staff chaperones, as well as all admissions, taxes and gratuities as per itinerary

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Dayton taught the world to fly  , only in dayton, ohio can you explore and learn about the entire aviation story---past, present and future.  people from literally all over the world travel to dayton to experience our authentic, world-class aviation sites and history; we invite you to join them.

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National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

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Huffman Prairie Flying Field

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Receive a Wilbear Wright Aviator Teddy Bear!

You could earn your very own wilbear wright teddy bear by visiting sites on the dayton aviation trail  , tour a minimum of 8 of the 17 amazing aviation sites listed in this  brochure . receive a stamp at the one required site, wright-dunbar interpretive center, plus a minimum of 7 of the remaining sites to qualify for the free "wilbear wright" aviator teddy bear. , *all sites are listed below wright-dunbar interpretive center is the first and required site, all the rest are listed alphabetically.  .

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Wright Brothers Archives Collection

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Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center

Stand next to the 1905 wright flyer iii at carillon historical park or take flight in a modern replica at dayton-wright brothers airport, the john w. berry, sr. wright brothers national museum has more wright artifacts on display than any other place in the world, including the 1905 wright flyer iii: the only airplane designated a national historic landmark, the first practical flying machine, and what the wright brothers considered their most important aircraft..

WrightFlyerIII

Visit Wright “B” Flyer’s hangar and museum where you can get up close to the aircraft and meet the volunteers who designed, built, operate and maintain them.  Browse the historical displays to learn how the Wright brothers learned the secrets of flight.  For a generation, Wright “B” Flyer Inc. has celebrated the legacy of the Wright brothers.

Wright B Flyer

Tour the historic homes of Orville Wright and Paul Laurence-Dunbar, then stroll the grounds of Woodland Cemetery as you learn intimate details of how our hometown heroes changed the world.

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Hawthorn Hill-Wright Mansion

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Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum

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Scroll the aviation sites listed below in alphabetical order

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For Dayton By Dayton celebrates five years of free, local music

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The fifth annual For Dayton By Dayton is Saturday, June 8, at Riverscape MetroPark in downtown Dayton. The one-day music festival is free and family-friendly, and features twelve local artists of multiple genres performing from 4-9pm.

Before the festival, For Dayton By Dayton (4DBD) organizer Kevin Carter joined WYSO music director Juliet Fromholt on Kaleidoscope to preview the event.

Kevin Carter, who is also the closing performer at Saturday’s concert, founded 4DBD in 2019. He told Juliet that the festival was designed to encourage cross-pollination of Dayton musicians of different genres, and their audiences. “My vision was doing something that could bring all genres of music together for one show,” he said. “It seemed so simple, but it really wasn’t happening.” Initially, managing the logistics of the festival wasn’t easy, he recalled.

“The first year was hard, honestly, because it was a learning process to understand what it takes to put on a festival. It’s not just a show—there’s insurance involved, and timing with the MetroParks, and paying for this, paying for that. It was a lot to do.”

Yet the effort paid off. The festival was a hit, drawing widespread support from Dayton’s music fans and business community, and Carter decided to make 4DBD an annual event. “I would have never thought it would be five years of doing this,” he said. “It just tells you about the community and how appreciative everybody is, because I literally can’t do it without the community.”

Carter says he is especially proud to showcase artists who typically play for adult-only audiences in a public, family-friendly environment. “The artists know how to edit their music if they need to—it just opens things up, ” he said. This year’s performers include Feyth M, K-Cap Da Don, Montana & Tyrant, Joe Eid, Nightbeast, Blanch Robinson, and Trey Posey; a full list of artists is available at 4dbdayton.com . 4DBD will also feature local food trucks and, for the first time, a “mobile escape room,” courtesy of the festival’s presenting sponsor, On Par Entertainment.

Half a decade in, K Carter said it still brings him joy to see his vision for a public, multi-genre music festival brought to life in the heart of Dayton. “It’s humbling — sometimes I sit back and I can’t believe that so many people see the vision and are riding with me.”

Text by Peter Day, adapted from a studio interview hosted by Juliet Fromholt on June 5, 2024.

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Where To Watch The Total Solar Eclipse Near Dayton, Ohio (2024)

W ant to know all the best places to watch the total solar eclipse this year we’ve got you covered with all the best viewing locations and events.

The total solar eclipse will be viewable in the Dayton, Ohio region on Monday, April 8th, 2024 from about 3:09 pm until 3:12 pm .

At 1:53 pm, the moon will begin to pass in front of the sun and we will slowly begin to lose daylight.

After the total solar eclipse ends at 3:12 pm, it will take until about 4:25 pm for the moon to fully pass the sun, making the sun fully viewable again.

So with that being said, there are a ton of places you can go within about an hour’s drive of Dayton to watch this event.

If you live in the area, you can definitely watch it from your own backyard, but if you want to celebrate a little more than that, here’s where you can go.

The map below highlights the path of totality for viewing the total solar eclipse.

You want to be within the gray area to get the full experience.

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Where To Watch The Total Solar Eclipse Near Dayton, Ohio

Here are some of the cities and businesses hosting special events for viewing the total solar eclipse.

Hopefully we’ll be able to add more to this list as the eclipse gets closer!

1. National Museum of the US Air Force

Location: 1100 Spaatz Street, Dayton, Ohio 45433

The Dayton Convention and Visitors Bureau is hosting a viewing party on the grounds of the Air Force Museum.

There aren’t too many details yet, but you can find more details at the link above as the event gets closer.

They are also hosting a hotel giveaway package that includes an awesome goodie basket and a 2 night stay nearby.

You must enter by March 9th!

2. Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Location: 2600 Deweese Pkwy, Dayton, Ohio 45414

Boonshoft will have special on-site activities the day of the eclipse.

Viewing glasses will be available for purchase in the gift shop.

This is a great place to take kids to view the total solar eclipse.

3. SunWatch Indian Village

Location: 2301 W River Road, Dayton, Ohio 45417

SunWatch Indian Village is hosted a ticketed event from 9 am – 5 pm.

They will offer educational programming throughout the day.

Tickets are $500 per person and all proceeds will go directly to SunWatch.

These tickets include parking, astronomy presentations, eclipse glasses, souvenir t-shirt, SunWatch tours and presentations, food, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Limited camping or RV spaces are also available for the night of April 7.  

RV spaces are an additional $150 and do not include any services.  

Camp spaces are $100 and do not have services other than Port-o-Lets.

The schedule includes:

9:00 – Site opens, Light breakfast, snacks, drinks available and included with ticket

10:00 – SunWatch site tour with a Curator

11:00 – Astronomy presentation with our astronomer

11:30 to 1:00 – Lunch Buffet

12:00 –Bars Open

1:00 – Astronomy presentation, begin watching Sun changes

4:00 – bars close, afternoon snack

5:00 – site closes

4. Mercer County Fairgrounds 2024 Eclipse Festival

Location: 1001 W Market Street, Celina, Ohio 45822

The festival is being held April 6-8.

On the day of the eclipse parking is $20 per car.

Events on Monday include the Big Build Carving, a craft show from 11 am – 2 pm, and the total eclipse viewing beginning at 3 pm.

Food vendors will be there from 11 am – 8 pm each day of the festival and below is the tentative list.

  • The Almond House  – Almonds and other candied nuts
  • Celina VFW Post #5713  – Breakfast Items (Sandwiches, Biscuits & Gravy, Eggs, etc.), Sandwiches, French Fries, Soup, Pie, Ice Cream, Coffee, Milk, Iced Tea, Water, and Pop
  • Fun Food Concessions – Bourbon Chicken
  • Gilbert Station  – Spank Burgers, Spank My Chicken, Cheeseburger, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Tenderloin, Cheese Curds, Steak Fries, Pretzel Bites, and Onion Rings
  • Hopewell Grange  – Fresh home cooked meals made every day
  • The Main Squeeze – Lemonade Shake Ups, Water, Pop, Juice, and Chips
  • Unity Grange – Sandwiches, Soups, and Pies

5. Get Left In The Dark @ Hueston Woods Park

Location: 6301 Park Office Road, College Corner, Ohio 45003

The lodge at Hueston Woods is offering special packages for viewing the eclipse.

I don’t have any details yet beyond that, but the park is expected to be very busy with day guests and campers, so plan to arrive early.

6. Wine, Music and Eclipse Viewing at the Olde Schoolhouse Winery

Location: 152 OH-726, Eaton, Ohio 45320

This is probably the event you’ll catch us at!

There are no details out yet, but when they’re released you can find them at the link to the winery above.

We’ll be updating information here as well.

7. Glow In The Park at Seven Mile Park

Location: 1601 Park Ave, Eaton, Ohio 45320

This flyer from the City of Eaton has all the information you need.

It’s the perfect viewing party for those with kids!

8. Solar Eclipse Experience at the Park (Garber Nature Center)

Location: 9691 OH-503, Lewisburg, Ohio 45338

From 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm the Garber Nature Center in Lewisburg is hosting an eclipse viewing party.

Certified viewing glasses will be provided and there will be activities for children.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions we get about where to watch the total solar eclipse near Dayton, Ohio.

Will the eclipse be visible in Dayton, Ohio?

Dayton, Ohio is within the path of totality, meaning you’ll see total solar eclipse as opposed to a partial solar eclipse.

As you can see in the image below, everything that is in the darker gray will see a total solar eclipse.

If you click on the image below it will lead you to the official interactive map.

Where is the best place to see the 2024 eclipse in Ohio?

Anywhere that is in the grayed out area of the map will get the full total solar eclipse view.

The “best place” is subjective though because that’ll depend on what you’re looking for.

Do you want a quiet place to view the eclipse or do you just care about being 100% in the path of totality?

If you scroll through the list of options above, you’ll definitely be able to find a place that fits what you’re looking for.

Where can I see the total eclipse?

Again, anywhere that is in the grayed out area of the maps I’ve shown throughout this post are where you can see the total solar eclipse.

Outside of the grayed area will only be a partial solar eclipse.

What time is the April 8, 2024 eclipse in Ohio?

The total solar eclipse will be viewable in the Dayton, Ohio region on Monday, April 8th, 2024 from 3:09 pm until 3:12 pm .

More Fun Things To Do Near Dayton, Ohio

Check out our other posts about Dayton and the surrounding areas for more fun things to do while you’re here.

Best Restaurants In Dayton, Ohio

While you’re in Dayton you’ve gotta eat.

Luckily, it’s home to so many regional and local chains that are hidden gems just for us Ohioans.

You’ll probably find me rolling up to the wine tasting solar eclipse viewing party with a 3 way from Skyline as my lunch.

Best Day Trips From Dayton

Some of the areas mentioned in this list are actually in our post about day trips from Dayton.

There are a lot of nearby attractions that are fun to visit as a local or to take visitors.

Think places like the Indian Mounds, Ohio Caverns, some wineries, and more.

Things To Do In Dayton During Each Season

Each of the posts I’ve linked to below highlights special events, festivals, or activities that only happen during each of these seasons.

Cincinnati Day Trip

Cincinnati is only an hour’s drive from Dayton and has infinitely more fun things to do for a quick day trip.

If you’ve never been, I highly recommend the American Sign Museum or the Taft House.

Columbus Day Trip

Columbus is also just about an hour’s drive from Dayton.

If you’ve never been, I recommend checking out Other World, especially when it’s cold or rainy outside.

Ohio Bucket List

We had a guest writer on our blog share their Ohio bucket list of the must do’s for any Ohio visitor.

This will take you all over the state from Cincinnati to Columbus to Cleveland and more.

Conclusion: Where To Watch The Total Solar Eclipse Near Dayton, Ohio

Hopefully you found a viewing party that strikes your fancy so you can watch the total solar eclipse somewhere near Dayton, Ohio.

We’ll be adding more details and more events to this post as we hear about them.

Feel free to email us at [email protected] to let us know of any events to add to this post.

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