Gravity is the best thing for getting water out of the sky and the only thing keeping football stadiums from floating away. Learn how man has fought this friendly natural phenomenon through flight with today's Groupon: for $14, you get admission for two, which includes unlimited access to the motion-simulator ride, at the Cradle of Aviation Museum (a $28 value for adults). Admission to the Firefighters Museum is not included, and this Groupon is not valid for admission to special events or IMAX.
With eight exhibits displaying 75 aerial voyagers from flight's early days to its rebellious teen years and the peak of its career on the moon, the Cradle of Aviation Museum is a colossal cornucopia of sky delights. The Hempstead Plains exhibit showcases a replica of the Herring-Curtiss No. 1 Golden Flyer, which made Long Island's first successful flight in 1909. Modern aircraft, including a F-14A Tomcat capable of reaching 1,544 mph, alight in the Jet Age exhibit. Space dreamers who dream of napping and dreaming about space in a soft moon crater can behold the lunar module that was scheduled for the cancelled Apollo 18 flight.
Because looking at aerial voyagers can't compare to piloting one, the cost of admission includes unlimited access to the Cradle of Aviation Museum's X-Ride Theater, a motion simulator. The simulator simulates flight with the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy's aerial acrobats famous for catching hawks in their teeth and skywriting marriage proposals at high school lacrosse games. Swoop-de-doop through the clouds, then glide near the Earth imagining the adoring eyes gazing to the sky.
While the Cradle of Aviation Museum has yet to receive many online reviews, eight Yelpers give it an average of four stars:
- Went here today - what a great musuem! The displays are interactive and exciting, with something for everyone at this remarkably family-friendly museum. – Ahuva T.
- Great interactive exhibits from hot air balloon operations, jet engines and wing lift. Very insightful, Knowledgeable onsite staff and also giving tours. – Douglas L.
Cradle of Aviation Museum
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 décor evokes a Martian cafeteria in the year 2040.
East Garden City
1 Davis Ave.
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