Get your hands dirty. These planes and ideas don’t fly themselves, you know. At least not yet – but maybe you’re working on that invention?
There is no substitute for knowledge gained through experience. You are in good hands with these experiences that allow you to pull things apart, rivet them back together, follow your creative journey, and just generally go all-in.
Extend your stay – COSI Columbus is within an hour’s drive of the National Aviation Heritage Area. The Center of Science and Industry (COSI) strives to engage, inspire, and transform lives and communities by being the best partner in science, technology, and industry learning with their 320,000 square foot facility and 300+ interactive experiences.
1 A look-a-like of the world's first airplane
Wright "B" Flyer
10550 N Springboro Pike
Miamisburg, OH 45342
In 1910, the Wright brothers built America’s first airplane factory in Dayton, Ohio where its workers were the first in America hired and trained to manufacture airplanes. Their first product—the Wright Model B—marked the birth of America’s aviation industry. Join the ranks of volunteers helping to build and maintain a look-a-like of these first planes.Open In Google Maps
2 A terrarium
Now and Zen DIY Studio
37 S St Clair St.
Dayton, OH 45402
Build your own terrarium at their Terrarium Bar. Located in downtown Dayton, just minutes from urban river surfing and the Fountain of Lights, create an air plant, succulent, or closed terrarium in their studio. Reservations are recommended.Open In Google Maps
3 A mouth-watering, envy-inspiring burger
Mudlick Tap House
135 E 2nd St.
Dayton, OH 45402
Everything about this is a build-your-own-flavor-destiny. Right down to the type of meat...or not! 1/3rd lb. burgers can be replaced with grilled free-range chicken breasts or a tabbouleh burger. Why do we love it for this tour? Paying homage to the Mudlick Distillery, Mudlick Tap House was built up in a small town with a humble concept: craft beer, scratch foods, and a unique atmosphere. In 1847, Pioneer Christian Rohrer settled in Montgomery County’s Twin Creek Valley and built his distillery on the banks of Mudlick Creek. Mudlick Tap House is a “gastropub,” pouring high-end beer and cocktails served with chef-inspired food made from scratch.Open In Google Maps
4 A ceramic sculpture
John Bryan Community Pottery
100 Dayton St.
Yellow Springs, OH 45387
John Bryan Community Pottery is a full-service ceramics studio that has been offering classes and workshops for over 40 years. The studio is located in Yellow Springs, a hotbed of creative minds and eccentric boutiques. And did we mention Young's Dairy? After you've created your masterpiece, check out John Bryan State Park for a gorgeous hike along Clifton Gorge, a deep cut of the Little Miami River.Open In Google Maps
5 A restored B-17
Champaign Aviation Museum
1652 N Main St.
Urbana, OH 43078
Originally started in 2005 with three flatbeds of parts and pieces of several B-17s, the Champaign Aviation Museum has now grown to become a center of excellence for B-17 restoration. And you can join the crew! Over 500,000 rivets are needed over the next 10 years, not to mention the woodworking, welding, painting... All training provided.Open In Google Maps