We often associate Dayton, Ohio, as the birthplace of aviation since it’s home to the legendary Wright Brothers.
So, when you’re on the casino floor in Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, you can safely bet that you’ll find many aviation-based attractions in the area, including the National Museum of the US Air Force and Dayton Aviation Heritage Park.
But don’t think for a second you’re subjected only to aviation-based attractions. Far from it. In Dayton, you’ll find attractions like the 2nd Street Market, Warped Wing Brewery, the Dayton Art Institute, and more.
Dayton offers a plethora of attractions and themes that will only grow as the city extends its identity. So, get ready to experience a feast of attractions if you venture off the casino property to explore the area.
Below is a list of seven of the coolest activities to do and places to visit near Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway when you’re gambling in Ohio.
1 – National Museum of the US Air Force
Let’s start our tour at the National Museum of the US Air Force, the world’s oldest and largest military aviation museum.
The mission of the museum is to collect, research, conserve, interpret, and present the rich history, traditions, and heritage of the US Air Force. The venue reaches a global audience with tourists coming from all over to experience its interactive exhibits, educational outreach, programs, and more.
If you’re interested in learning more about one of America’s eight uniformed services, you have one right in Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway’s backyard. This is a must-see if you or someone you know has served in the US Air Force, or if you’re the parent of a child looking to join its ranks.
And of course, if you’re a history buff looking to increase your ever-expanding bank of knowledge, then you’re in for an outstanding story that will encompass World War II, the Vietnam War, the Gulf Wars, and the state of the US Air Force today.
2 – Dayton Aviation Heritage Park
You can make a day out of what you’ll discover at the Dayton Aviation Heritage Park. It’s a combo of history, legend, and an incredible, inspiring story in one venue.
Come in and learn the story of Orville and Wilbur Wright’s quest to create the flying machine, plus an inspiring story regarding American author Paul Laurence Dunbar.
Each landmark boasts its own unique history and they’re the perfect places to visit if you’re interested in retracing the steps of two brothers who would change the world forever with their evolution of the flying machine—the forerunner to the modern airplane.
3 – 2nd Street Market
Looking for the freshest local foods in the area? Head over to the 2nd Street Market, where you’ll find the freshest farm to table produce to dairy, baked goods, breads, honey, and even fresh meats.
Here, you can purchase and sample the best organic food from 16 local food growers and 11 specialty bakers. And if you’ve eaten and sampled all you can from the dining options available at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, you’re in for a plethora of options at the 2nd Street Market.
Whether you’re craving soup, Mediterranean dishes, meat pies, modern American cuisine, crepes, and more, you’ll find all of it at this one-stop shop in Dayton.
While you’ll find a plethora of the area’s best tasting food at Hollywood Dayton, if you’re looking to stay healthy on your gambling trip, the market is where it’s happening.
4 – Warped Wing Brewery
The Warped Wing Brewery is a fantastic alternative to the local craft and beer on tap they serve over at Hollywood Gaming. So, if you’re looking for more of the best, then you’ll find all of what you’re looking for at Warped Wing Brewery.
Head over to the brewery located in Downtown Dayton and immerse yourself in the most diverse collection of beer around. Try featured year-round offerings like Trotwood, Flyer Red, Gamma Bomb, Ermal’s, and 10 Ton.
If you’re in town during a specific time of the year, then the seasonal offerings are literally endless. Flavors include Magic Melon, Superba, Liquid Picnic, Space Food, Creepshow, Holiday Special, Lagerstadt, and more.
Did any of those unique names grab your attention? Fantastic. Even if you aren’t one who finds pleasure in breweries, you may give into the temptation regarding some of these flavored ales.
But the beer lover in you will rejoice when you get your hands on these regional crafts. Every time you take a trip to Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, you’ll want to come back for more—especially if you plan a casino trip to Dayton during different times of the year.
5 – America’s Packard Museum
Alright, we’re all car enthusiasts in our own way, and America’s Packard Museum is fit for the car enthusiast in you.
Come in and lose yourself in the museum’s endless array of classic cars from literally every generation. If you’re into old luxury automobiles that date back to 1899, then a trip to this venue won’t dwell at number five on your list; it’ll take the top spot.
But hey, this venue hosts more than just the hottest exhibits featuring the oldest luxury vehicles in the world; it holds weddings, receptions, award shows, dances, cocktail parties, and other special events.
They also work with local schools in the Dayton, Ohio, area to teach kids how to rebuild generators, metal shaping, and even 3D printing of car parts.
So, when you walk through the doors of America’s Packard Museum, you aren’t taking a tour through just another attraction; this venue is and will for years to come remain a staple in the community.
If you grew up admiring those old, classic vehicles on the road, then a trip to America’s Packard Museum is one you won’t soon forget.
6 – Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
If you or someone in your family boasts a curious mind that loves to engage in science, natural history, and nature, then Boonshoft Museum of Discovery should make your to-do list. Since 1893, the venue has served the City of Dayton and you can bet that it will continue doing so for a long time.
They have many accreditations and affiliations including, but not limited to, the American Alliance of Museums and Association of Children’s Museums. Also, they are a member of the Association of Science-Technology Centers.
This is a fantastic venue to take a tour through to gain further insight and appreciation of everything science and natural history-related.
On the second floor of the venue sits the Association of Zoos and Aquarium-accredited Discovery Zoo. So, if you have an animal lover in your family, it’s the perfect place to view and interact with both domestic and exotic species of animals.
Take a day off from the casino games, put on your explorer cap, and gain some serious insight on the exciting tale of science and natural history that has made our world what it is today.
7 – Dayton Art Institute
The Dayton Art Institute has served the community for over 100 years since its founding in 1919.
Within its walls, you’ll discover a diverse set of art collections that hail from all over the world, what many consider being the premier fine arts museum in the region.
The Dayton Art Institute’s collection spans back to 3,000 BC, so we’re looking at some of the oldest pieces of art in world history. If that isn’t a treat, I don’t know what is.
So, come in and enjoy the exhibits that feature Ancient American, European, and Asian collections that encompass over 27,000 objects. And no, that isn’t a typo.
The art enthusiast in you will fall for the collection this institute offers. But even if you’re not so much into art, your inner-history buff will find true value in a visit to this venue given the age of some of these artifacts.
And it isn’t just the art that you can get excited about if you venture off the Dayton Raceway and explore this museum.
And hey, why not attend an event if the venue is hosting one while you’re in town? Some of their signature events include the Art Ball and Oktoberfest. They also provide several interactive galleries at the site that are fit for guests of all ages and interest levels.
As mentioned, Dayton has much more to offer than just aviation sites and museums, contrary to popular stereotypes. It’s a city on the rise with points of interest in different sectors on nearly every street.
So, if you need a day off from the endless casino gaming and racing at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, you could spend a week touring all seven sights listed above.
And you’ll probably find even more places to pique your interest while you travel this historic city. Best yet, you need not go far off the casino property to soak in the best the City of Dayton offers.
Have you spent time at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway? Did you venture to any of the sites listed below? Tell us about your experience in the comments.