Cradle of Aviation Museum

Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City, NY 11530 Directions
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Report | 16 days ago
The I Max movie is not good for young children or adults who get motion sickness. The screen appears to be very low towards you.
Report | 16 days ago
much more than expected!
Report | 16 days ago
You can call this a family outing as well as a date and also a place to learn. There are groups from bus trips as well as veterans and also any people that were involved in the flying careers. It was just a heart warming experience and I was just in awe at the vast history of flying and the names of men and women that were part of this. Included are actual historic flying machines and aircrafts. The space history has its own exhibit and throughout the museum is video monitors that provide videos on the history of the craft and even pilots and inventors. Long Island was a major participant in air flight and it is well exhibited and memorbilia from actual historic military and sport crafts, parts and engines, training facilities and the once used Long Island air fields are here.. It also includes a huge circle of historic flights made throughout the United States history of flying. Some crafts are suspended from the ceilings and others are part of reinacted displays. There are also volunteers that wil guide and answer your questions. We found the entire event quite moving. There is also a panoramic theater you can purchase tickets for to sit through and enjoy movies from dinoasaurs to racing aircrafts. This is a great belongs in Washington DC.
Report | 17 days ago
An amazing place. The whole family enjoyed it a lot. Our highest recommendation!
Report | a month ago
Definitely recommend seeing "mysteries of the unseen world" in the dome theater! Very cool!
Report | 2 months ago
Grate place for kids of any age.
Report | 2 months ago
Great trip for young and old. I went there when I was 12 and I got just as much out of it, if not more now that I'm 26. If you've never been there before, the Cradle has a little bit of everything the beginning of flight to the space age. It takes between 2-3 hours to walk through the entire museum depending how much you look at everything. Try to avoid Saturdays if you don't want little kids running through your feet. Also the museum starts on the second floor of the right side of the lobby. Insider tip: Don't be afraid to ask to ask the blue shirted staff about the area that you are in. Joel and Steve from the WW2 and Golden Age exhibits respectively were extremely knowledgeable and told us stories that really brought the exhibits to life. Also don't forget to check out the hanger on the left side of the lobby for even more planes and exhibits.
Report | 3 months ago
The flight simulator is a wonderful experience for kids from 3 years to 99 years old.
Report | 3 months ago
It was a great experience! The staff was very nice, the Docents were knowledgeable, and we had a great day!
Report | 3 months ago
We had a great time! Our kids were a little too young for some of it, but they still had a blast. And there was plenty more for older kids (and adults!) to do. We will definitely go back.
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Flanked by seven other aircraft, a Grumman F-11 hangs suspended in a shallow dive over the main entrance to Cradle of Aviation Museum?s four-story glass atrium. Three viewing levels on wraparound balconies afford views of the aircraft that only fellow pilots in close formation ever saw when it was in service. The 150,000-square foot facility?s eight exhibits grant similarly intimate glimpses of more than 75 aircraft and spacecrafts that trace the historic path of Long Island?s aviation contributions since 1870. Those artifacts include a replica of the Wright Brothers? 1899 kite, five aircraft made in Long Island for World War II, and the Grumman Lunar Module LM-5 ?Eagle,? which transported Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin to that soundstage that looked like the moon.

Patrons also get a chance to soar skyward in the X-Ride Theater, a 30-seat motion simulator whose ?Fly with the Blue Angels? film mimics the piloting of a U.S. Navy squadron jet. Over in the JetBlue Sky Theater Planetarium and the National Geographic Dome Theater, the immersive screens bring to life subjects such as National Geographic's Mysteries of the Unseen World. After riding the Historic Nunley's Carousel, which was built in 1912, guests can reenergize over a meal in the Red Planet Cafe, whose space station d?cor evokes a Martian cafeteria in the year 2040.

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