Carillon Historical Park

Credit: Dayton History Facebook

Credit: Dayton History Facebook

WHAT: Carillon Historical Park
WHERE: 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton
HOURS: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 12-5 p.m. Sunday, open year-round
COST: $8 per adult (ages 18-59), $7 per senior, $5 per child (ages 3-17); free for children under 3 and Dayton History members
INFO: 937-293-2841 or

You'll always find something to do at Carillon Historical Park.  The beautiful 65-acre campus sits between a glacial moraine (translation: a mass of rocks and sediment deposited by a glacier) and the Great Miami River, creating the perfect atmosphere for exploration.

There are 25 buildings there and hundreds of artifacts. You'll also see the original 1905 Wright Flyer III and can make a visit to Dayton’s oldest building, Newcom’s Tavern, which was erected in 1796.

You’ll also find experienced costumed interpreters and hands-on exhibits, plus a 4-D theater show (what’s 4-D? It’s 3-D plus actual physical movment).

There’s also a train ride, which acts as a trailhead for the Great Miami River Bike Trail, so you can make it a stop on your cycling day trip.

And don’t forget about the new brewery. Seriously, don’t forget.