6 Things to Do in Dayton, Ohio for Less Than $10

Dayton, OH is full of fun activities that will cost you little to nothing! Check out what events you and your thrifty family can attend this summer.

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From drive-in theaters to museums and concerts, Dayton has something to interest everyone! And you can find many of these exciting activities for under $10. If you are planning on visiting Dayton this summer then you have to check out this list of 6 things to do in Dayton for practically nothing. Looking to make your stay in Dayton a little more permanent? Check out our listings here!

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1. National Museum of the US Air Force

Dayton is home to the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world! This free museum is an absolute must for any plane lover with tons of exhibits including a Space gallery and a Presidential gallery.

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2. Dixie Twin Drive-In

This charming drive-in theater provides a touch of nostalgia while showing the most current movies.  Tickets are only $8 for adults and $5 for children! Dixie also boosts a full concession stand that includes all the classic movies foods. Grab your friends and jump in your car because you won’t want to miss this unique movie going experience.

3. Dayton Art Institute

Overlooking downtown Dayton, the Art Institute’s collection spans 5,000 years of art history! With a large permanent collection as well as ever-changing special exhibits, there is always something beautiful to see. Admission is $8 for adults and free for children ages 17 and under.

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4. The Butterfly House

One of the only all-native butterfly exhibits in the country, the Butterfly House at the Cox Arboretum MetroPark has butterflies and moths in all stages of metamorphosis. The butterflies are exhibited in a natural habitat to educate visitors about the life and beauty of butterflies. Admission to the educational and kid-friendly Butterfly House is free!

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5. Movies at the Victoria

Originally opened in 1866, the Victoria Theater has been a home to the arts in Dayton for 150 years. Performances at the Victoria range from the ballet to music performances, but a favorite is their multiple film series. Ranging from a Family Film series to a Cool Film series, the Victoria shows older movies for just $6! Check here to see their current showings.

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6. Concerts in the Park at Springboro

Everyone loves attending concerts, but everyone loves attending free concerts even more! Located near Dayton, Springboro Park has concerts on Tuesday and Friday during the month of July. Food trucks are available at Friday concerts to provide good food in addition to good music. Check out the lineup of musicians here!

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