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Address: 51 Soaring Hill Dr., Elmira, NY 14870
Phone Number: 607-734-3128
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Description: The National Soaring Museum houses a world-class collection of sailplanes...
The National Soaring Museum houses a world-class collection of sailplanes and gliders, preserving the history and heritage of motor-less flight. NSM is located next to an active glider port, allowing visitors to witness takeoffs and landings, especially during the busy summer months. Public glider rides are available on a first-come, fist-served basis. Harris Hill offers many enticements besides a visit to NSM. The Museum is located adjacent to Harris Hill Amusement Park, featuring miniature golf, go-karts, batting cages, a driving range, an arcade, snack bar and more: as well as a pool, picnic grounds and a scenic overlook.
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If you love sailplanes then you have to see this place.

I came to Harris Hill for a ride in a sailplane that my son bought for me over three years ago. I had to wait until I was retired to take the ride during the middle of the week... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
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Rochester, NY
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Rochester, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

I came to Harris Hill for a ride in a sailplane that my son bought for me over three years ago. I had to wait until I was retired to take the ride during the middle of the week. The ride also gave me a complimentary admission to the National Soaring Museum which I would have paid to see regardless.... More 

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Washington, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This is a really neat smaller museum that details the history of gliders & soaring. Our 12 year old nephew seemed to really like it.

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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

As a glider pilot, I found the museum fascinating. My wife, not a glider pilot, found it equally so. Beautiful place.

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Corning, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Very interesting displays and the opportunity to take a glider flight. A special place in a most scenic location.

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Utica, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Great time all around! BURKE was my pilot in a ASK - 21 sail plane. Staff friendly, with flight purchase museum is free to wander while waiting for your flight. The experience is similar to feeling a hawk circling or for that matter a eagle! BURKE explained the 3 instruments panel, was considerate to inquire if I wanted to vent... More 

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Elmira, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Very nice museum with a collection of sailplanes and memorabilia. View is incredible from top of Harris Hill. Volunteers are friendly and knowledgable. Food provided by various vendors was good.

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Port Hope, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

The National Soaring Museum atop Harris Hill just southwest of Elmira, NY has been on my bucket list for ages. Last Wednesday afternoon I finally got there. I was not disappointed. Though not one of the larger museums devoted to flight and flying machines, this is one well worth the effort to see, especially for anyone with more than a... More 

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new york
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The museum is fun and worth the trip! It is located on top of Harris Hill Park, which is a Chemung County Park. The best part of the museum, is outside you can take (for a fee) glider rides! Watching the gliders soar off of the top of the hill is breathtaking! The view from Harris Hill of the valley... More 

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Elmira, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Harris Hill, outside of Elmira, that's where. And its small, but its impressive. Lear about the history of soaring, much of which was nade right here in Big Flats, NY. Great displays, interesting artifacts and photos. Great stop whether you live in the area or are passing through.

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Elmira, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

The place is really, really cool. Filled with all sorts of gliders. The kinds that only a few of us get to see-not your standard "Air Show"flying machines. The Staff are all really friendly and knowledgeable. Well worth the time! Great place to learn the history on "Soaring!"

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Additional Information about National Soaring Museum

Address: Address: 51 Soaring Hill Dr., Elmira, NY 14870
Phone Number: 607-734-3128
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Elmira
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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