Non-Amateur Radio Related Activities!

The purpose of this page is to provide suggested activity ideas for the families or perhaps the XYL of an amateur radio enthusiast. If you’re into Hamvention®, but those accompanying you to the Dayton area are not, this page is for them! Please send other ideas or suggestions to media@hamvention.org.

Start your online search for activities at the Dayton Convention and Visitors Bureau (Dayton CVB) Website.

What else is going on in Dayton during Hamvention weekend? Here’s a few ideas to start with…

  • Travel to the moon and back Wednesday May 18 as you watch the award-winning film about astronaut Gene Cernan titled The Last Man on the Moon: One Man’s Part in Mankind’s Greatest Adventure. The film starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Air Force Museum Theatre located at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.  Tickets are available at the theatre’s ticket counter, can be ordered online through the website afmuseum.com/livinghistory  or by calling 937-253-4629 for $15 ($12 for Friends Members).
  • The Dayton International Festival, A World Affair – Showcasing the ethnic backgrounds and cultures of Dayton and the greater Miami Valley.
  • Upper Valley Fiber Fest, Sat. MAY 20, 10-5 Miami County Fairgrounds, Troy OH,  free parking, free admission.  Vendors of wool, yarn, books, fiber equipment, etc.
  • Also on the Miami County Fairgrounds, the Annual Gourmet Food Truck Competition and Rally, featuring 35 food trucks and other vendors of food, Sat. MAY 20 11 AM – 9 PM.

Places to Visit While in Dayton

  1. Visit nearby Clifton, Ohio! It is home to Clifton Mill, a restored operating grist mill. Tours are available. Take I-70 east to Exit 54 (SR 72). Take SR 72 south 6 miles to Clifton. Look for signs to Clifton Mill.
  2. If Nature is your thing, besides the great Metro Parks, Hamvention is just 30-40min drive away from Clifton Gorge, a nice river/gorge hike deep in history of the local Native American tribes. Many Native American mounds in the area as well.
  3. The Darke County Visitors Bureau will be donating a KitchenAid stand mixer to the prize drawing! Why KitchenAid? Every KitchenAid stand mixer in the World is manufactured in Darke County! Come see us! For information contact the Darke County Visitors Bureau, 1-800-504-2995.
  4. Visit the Miami County Visitors Bureau for more information on places such as Bruckner Nature Center, Double E Ostrich Farm, Hobart Arena, Fulton Farms, Kenworthy Motorcross, historic covered bridges, and Springhill Nurseries! For more information, call 1-800-348-8993.
  5. Whether you have an hour or a day, an interest in art, antiques and collectibles, or just enjoy shopping, Historic Tipp City is a must! This 1840’s Miami-Erie Canal town offers hours of pleasure browsing the selections of over 50 antique dealers, 15 or more specialty shops in the renovated 1850’s Old City Hotel, historical museum, art galleries and exhibits, and excellent dining opportunities. You might want to stop first at the Tippecanoe and and Tyler Too! Visitors Center at 12 E. Main Street where they can provide you with information on this town formerly called “Tippecanoe.” Take Northbound I-75 to Exit 68 (SR 571) at Tipp City. Turn onto SR 571 and go 1.0 mile east to the shops of Old Tippecanoe City. For more information, call (937) 667-9435.
  6. Visit the exciting Village of Yellow Springs for its unique downtown atmosphere. get a drink in the state’s Oldest Tavern, and enjoy the many shops that carry things you just do not find in a mall!. Not a city person? Spend a day in one of its parks or at nearby Young’s Jersey Dairy enjoying miniature golf and ice cream! For information about Young’s, call (937) 325-0502.
  7. Also, the Dayton Daily News has a site that covers many aspects of Dayton. Check it out!

Recreation/Sports

  1. Spend an exciting day at Kings Island experiencing fun, thrills, adventure, and live shows. It’s located just (~40 minutes) south of Dayton in Mason, Oh. For information, call 1-800-288-0808.
  2. Take in a Dayton Dragons Baseball Game at Fifth Third Field. all at 7:00 p.m. For information, call (937) 228-2287 or visit http://daytondragons.com
  3. Reds fan? Check the Cincinnati Reds in action at the Great American Ballpark. For information, call (513) 765-7000 or visit http://www.reds.com
  4. Come explore one of Dayton’s 18 area Metroparks! Fish, hike, canoe, or reserve a shelter for a picnic! For information regarding park hours and locations please call (937) 275-PARK or visit their website at: http://www.metroparks.org/
  5. Spend the morning or afternoon getting back into the swing of things at one of Dayton’s area golf courses. Visit http://www.ohiogolfguide.com for information on courses, locations, and prices.

Shopping/Theater

  1. Get your tickets for Victoria Theatre. For ticket information and pricing call (937) 228-3630 or 1-888-228-3630.
  2. Come enjoy the sounds of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra at the Schuster Center For information on tickets and pricing, call (937) 228- 3630 or 1-88-228-3630.
  3. Are you a shopaholic!? Visit one or more of the Dayton area malls including The Mall at Fairfield Commons, The Dayton Mall, The Green Town Center or visit the Prime Outlets in Jeffersonville, located midway between Dayton, Cincinnati, and Columbus. For information, call (937) 427-4300 for Fairfield Commons, (937) 433-0957 for the Dayton Mall, 1-937-490-4900 for Green Town Center and 1-800-746-7644 for Prime Outlets.
  4. Visit over 14 antique and specialty shops in Waynesville, Ohio, located south of Dayton in Warren County.
  5. Visit over 20 antique malls in nearby Springfield, Ohio.
  6. Visit the historic Oregon District dating back to 1829, located near downtown Dayton. It is Dayton’s first designated historic district. Enjoy antiques, art, and bookstore as well as pubs, restaurants, and coffee houses.
  7. See a new movie or an old classic at The Neon. For more information call the office at (937) 222-8452 or for showing information call (937) 222-SHOW.

Museums/Historical Points of Interest

  1. Follow the Aviation Trail to learn about Dayton’s history in flight. The Aviation Trail features many historical sites, museums, and parks. There are 47 sites in all. For information, call: (937) 443-0793.
  2. Visit the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force to see how the history of planes, weapons, and space flight. Museum is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free, but there is a fee for the IMAX. For information, call (937) 255-3284.
  3. America’s Packard Museum is the world’s only restored Packard Dealership operating as a museum, and only full-time museum dedicated exclusively to the Packard Motor Car Company, it’s products and philosophies. For information, call (937) 226-1710.
  4. Experience Dayton history at the Historical Carillon Park. You can visit the park Tuesday-Saturday 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. For information, call: (937) 293-2841.
  5. Visit the Dayton Art Institute along with its many permanent collection’s galleries! General admission is free! Open daily10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Thursdays 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
  6. Explore 70 exhibits and 14 galleries including 5 seamless acrylic tunnels totaling over 200 feet at the Newport Aquarium in Kentucky. Open daily. For information, call (859) 261-7444
  7. See it, do it, and discover it all at Dayton’s Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. Open daily. For information, call (937) 275-7431.
  8. Experience the daily life and culture of Dayton’s first neighborhood, the 900 year old Fort Ancient at Sunwatch Indian Village. Open daily. For information, call (937) 268-8199.
  9. Learn about the first man on the moon at the Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum in Wapakoneta, Oh just one hour north of Dayton. Open M-Sat. 9:30a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Sundays 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. For information, call 1-800-860-0142.
  10. In nearby Greeneville, visit the Annie Oakley and Lowell Thomas exhibits at the Garst Museum.