Cradle of Aviation Museum

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In a Nutshell

Aviation museum harbors more than 75 aircraft and spacecraft, a planetarium & dome theater, and a restored historical carousel built in 1912

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Apr 29, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Closed on Mondays during the school year. Not valid for special events. Not valid for the Chocolate Expo on March 1. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • $21 for two child or adult admissions with one planetarium show and one carousel ride per person (up to $42 value)
  • $40 for four child or adult admissions with one planetarium show and one carousel ride per person (up to $84 value)

Along with access to the museum’s exhibits, admission grants unlimited access to the X-Ride Theater, a 30-seat motion flight simulator which is open on weekends and holidays. Guests also receive a ride on the restored Nunley’s carousel and tickets to one show in the JetBlue Sky Theater Planetarium or National Geographic Dome Theater. See the planetarium’s upcoming show times.

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.

Customer Reviews

Awesome!
Melissa G. · April 28, 2015
See the carousel too. Museum is fantastic. Docents are great.
Pamela W. · April 26, 2015
I took my 4 year old grandson and he loved the museum. Also don't miss the Blue Angels flight simulator. We also enjoyed the carousel ride and the movie in the planetarium. This is a great place! I didn’t think he would enjoy it as much as he did but I wanted to show him the A10, F14 and space shuttle that Grandpa worked on in the 1970’s. When we got out of the flight simulator he commented twice “that was so much fun grandpa”. After we left he asked me if we could go back in and later told me “I really liked that airplane place” I’m so glad we went!!
John W. · February 1, 2015

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