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SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park

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Address: 2301 W River Rd, Dayton, OH 45417-6815
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+1 937-268-8199
12:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

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Unexpected Discovery

Even though I was born in Dayton, this particular historical spot escaped me. My husband is a history aficionado, so we ventured there in the Fall and truly enjoyed the history... read more

Reviewed 13 March 2017
melinda a
Dayton, Ohio
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Dayton, Ohio
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

Even though I was born in Dayton, this particular historical spot escaped me. My husband is a history aficionado, so we ventured there in the Fall and truly enjoyed the history and interactive displays.

Thank melinda a
Dayton, Ohio
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26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

It just takes you back to the harsh life they had. But they had to all depend on each other. The homes had to be filled with smoke. There was no privacy. Makes you enjoy how easy you have it. They also have a small museum.

Thank whallojk
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51 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

We visited on a Sunday afternoon. Hardly anyone there but us! After a short video you could pick going through the inside or outside exhibits first. The good: clean facility, interesting displays. Nice gift shop! The not so good - the outside and some of the inside had an unpleasant odor. It wasn't constant - kind of came in waves?... More 

Thank looking4OZ
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19 reviews
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Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

Very cool piece of history. A lot of artifacts in the museum and great effort to restore the site. As of 9/11/16 it is $7/person for adults, which was a little pricey for me but then again it's a great education center and the money goes towards the upkeep of the facility. I encourage anyone that enjoys history to visit... More 

Thank Braden R
Dayton, Ohio
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56 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016

Museum was small , but the kids really enjoyed the outdoor part where you get to see how Indians lived and where the slept Took us 1-2 hours to complete , so it wasn't a full day activity

Thank Nadav A
Grove City, Ohio
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2016

I heard about this place from a co-worker who loves in Dayton. If you are looking for a peaceful place this fits the bill. There is a lot of information on the sun watchers throughout the village. It is small so there is not too much walking required. There is a short video about the people, the village,and the history... More 

Thank Julie B
Dayton, Ohio, United States
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49 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2016

Not many know that across the river next to the Carillon Park is Calvary Cemetery. There were archeological findings in the early 1900's of an Indian Mound and a long earthen wall overlooking the steep cliffs on the Carillon Park side of the cemetery. Read book here: https://archive.org/stream/introductiontoge00foerrich#page/n21/mode/2up In addition-there is a promotory point overlooking the river which is not... More 

Thank Joy W
Dayton Ohio
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109 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2016

A perfect outside day trip for kids and adults. It lets you put yourself back in time and learn about folks who were here long ago. Even though it's historical it's very kid friendly. They can touch stuff.

Thank rugelus
Muscatine, Iowa
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123 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2016

My sister and I visited this attraction on a weekday and had the entire place to ourselves. It is a short drive from Dayton and very easily accessible. We started with the 12-minute movie about the Native Americans that lived here 800 years ago, and then walked outside to see the restored Native American village and finished inside with the... More 

Thank Debra D
Dayton, Ohio
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 20 July 2016

Both kids and adults can find things to enjoy at this park. This provides a good introduction to local Native American history. Keep an eye out for special events such as powwows- these are a really good way to learn about indigenous cultures.

Thank MelanieSH888

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