Carillon Historical Park, at 1000 Carillon Blvd., is part of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. The 30 structures on these 65 acres relate America's development over the past 2 centuries, with emphasis on the contributions made by Dayton's heritage of creativity and invention in transportation. A presentation features animatronic figures representing the Wright brothers, Charles Kettering and two other Dayton businessmen; the segment about the 1913 Dayton flood includes sounds of thunder and you'll be sprayed with water from the theater ceiling.
The John W. Berry, Sr. Wright Brothers Aviation Center displays the original 1905 Wright Flyer III, the first practical airplane. Other displays include a 1930s print shop, vintage bicycles, antique automobiles and a 1903 Barney & Smith parlor car. The attraction is also home to the Deeds Carillon, a carousel, a restored canal lock and a 1796 log tavern.
Picnicking is permitted. Food is available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.