Everyone had off this year to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr, and we decided to spend the day as a family visiting the Cradle of Aviation Museum and Education Center in Garden City, NY. Known as Long Island’s Air and Space Museum, we had a great time learning about air travel, the history of our adventures in space, and more.
There is an area for little explorers called the Jet Blue club that is really a nursery/play area, and three levels of air crafts, balloons, and mock ups of space crafts. It’s wonderfully done, and almost all of the exhibits are real air crafts that were used in wars and by the military. There were quite a few nods to Star Trek (this Trekkie loved that one of the aircraft carriers was named Enterprise), and overall it made us a little sad that we basically deserted our space programs and don’t continue to gaze upward and wonder what else is out there.
There was also a Firefighters Museum, where little man wanted to spend most of his time, playing with fire hoses and play homes and firefighter uniforms. There were amazing fire models created by local volunteer fire departments (mainly the Manhasset-Lakeville fire department- one is shown in a photo below, and the details and talent is amazing!). It was a fun family day for anyone interested in air and space travel, and families with children- we had a great time.
$= About $14 adults, $12 seniors and children 2+, extra for planetarium, dome theater, and Firefighters Museum. Cafe and gift shop.
Cradle of Aviation Museum
Charles Lindbergh Blvd.
Garden City, NY 11530