We love Carillon Park. I love it because it’s an entertaining way to immerse my children in history and to show them how those before us lived quite differently than we do now.
Cost: $8/adult, $5/child
Time: 2 – 3 hours
First stop – be sure to bring a few dollars cash to take a ride on the historic carousel. It’s cute that the carousel features items from Dayton history rather than all horses as the ride seats. In the carousel area is a small play area where children can get creative building with lincoln logs and wooden kinex. Matthew, my little engineer, could have spent all day in this room.
Exit the main museum and you’ll find a collection of replicas of historic buildings. One of our favorites is the building that houses the original 1905 Wright Flyer III. Before you reach the Wright Flyer, you’ll walk through rooms that are replicas of the Wright Brothers’ bike shop and workshop. My boys have fun looking at the tools and imagining the Brothers creating their planes (we’re kind of obsessed with flying and airplanes around here). Another of our favorite buildings is the one-room schoolhouse. Matthew and Jordan were fascinated to learn how children like them experienced school in the 1800’s. Adam’s favorite place at Carillon Park was the train house. There are 4 or 5 trains that you can walk through – the perfect place for a 2 year-old boy who’s obsessed with choo-choos. The coolest is the B&O steam locomotive which roars to life with the flip of a switch.
On the property there is a super cute restaurant, Culp’s Cafe, open daily for lunch. The cafe features typical 1940’s menu. We didn’t eat lunch here, but the food looked great. We did try one of their ice cream sodas which was awesome.