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Beat the Heat With These Summer Activities in Dayton

What to do in the Dayton area over break

Photo by Denis Tangney Jr| Downtown Dayton| The Wright State Guardian|


As Dayton battles a heat wave, students can wave away the summer rays with these fun indoor activities without breaking the bank.

National Air Force Museum

Not only is The National Air Force Museum free and air-conditioned, it is also just a six minute drive from WSU. Traveling exhibitions make this location a great place to revisit this summer. 

This location is also very accessible to people who may have mobility limitations, with nearly all attractions located on the ground level.

Paul Laurence Dunbar House

There’s no better way to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Paul Lawerence Dunbar’s birth this month than to visit the house where he wrote some of his most famous works. 

Located in downtown Dayton, this historic landmark is free to the public with tours available Friday through Sunday 10 a.m to 3:30 p.m.

Dayton Art Institute

This museum, which normally costs $15 per adult, can be discounted to only $5 with the presentation of a valid student ID. 

The institute boasts an extensive collection of work and features a special exhibit of Van Gogh paintings. The exhibit ends on Sept. 4.

Victoria Theatre

Another fun and affordable option in the Dayton area is the Victoria Theater.

Some shows featured at the theater this summer include, “Paul Laurence Dunbar: A Juneteenth Celebration”, a performance by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, “Fiddler on the Roof” and “The Addams Family.” 

While the most expensive option on this list, tickets can be found for under $30.