Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Dayton Ohio

The following pit stop is submitted by reader Erica Smith.

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, located outside of Dayton, Ohio, includes exhibits on anthropology, astronomy, geology, robotics, and even a zoo! Erica and her family stopped on a recent road trip, and recommends it because it had spaces designed for multiple age groups (she has a one-year-old daughter and a four-year-old son), and exhibits that engage kids physically and intellectually. An added bonus is that the museum is located in a lovely park and wooded area, perfect for a picnic after the museum visit!

Boonshoft Museum

Tip: If time permits, consider a visit to Boonshoft’s sister site, SunWatch Indian Village, also located in Dayton. A national historic landmark, kids can learn about Ohio’s first residents at SunWatch, tour an American Indian village, and even observe archeological digs.

Date last visited: Summer 2011

Distance from the interstate: Just off I-75

Hours of operation: Monday–Saturday 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Sunday noon-5:00 pm.

Admission cost: Adults $8.50; children 2–12 and seniors $7.50; children under 2 are free.

Dining options: None on site; picnic areas available.

Directions: The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is located just north of downtown Dayton at 2600 DeWeese Parkway. From north of Dayton, take 75 South and take the Wagner Ford exit (exit 57 B). Make a right (north) on N. Dixie, turn left onto Siebenthaler. Then take a left on Ridge Ave., and a right on DeWeese Pkwy. The SunWatch Indian Village is located at 2301 West River Road, Dayton. Take I-75 to exit 51. Go west onto Edwin C. Moses Blvd., which then turns into Nicholas Rd. Cross Dryden Rd./South Broadway St., then turn left onto West River Rd. for 1 mile, dead-ends at SunWatch.

About the author

Pit Stops for Kids AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.

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