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“Neat little museum!”

National Soaring Museum
Ranked #6 of 22 things to do in Elmira
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Interesting and well laid-out museum. Not so big that you get lost (and bored), and enough to keep you busy for a little while! Perfect!

Thank SMILLER5
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

It is very small but had lots of models and very inexpensive for an hour of entertainment Was fun to watch the gliders taking off from the airport then soaring back later

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Reviewed September 13, 2012

very well laid out. the initial presentation was most informative and inspired every one in my party to return during the season when soaring rides were available

Thank lisa s
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

We visited the National Soaring Museum and gave my husband a flight as a gift for his birthday this year. The Museum is relatively small, but very interesting and covers the history of soaring through models, life-size replicas and actual gliders from its earliest history in the 19th Century through today. There are a few kid-oriented hands-on activities. My husband was thrilled with his glider ride and wishes we lived closer so he could take it up! You can see a short video of his flight and an interview with him and a youth pilot at http://www.brainiacgetaways.com/ridin-the-thermals-at-the-national-soaring-museum-in-elmira-ny/.

Thank Carol W
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

I took the soaring adventure as my husband's birthday present to me... in October just before my birthday (we squeaked in before the end of the season). Oh my, the perfect time to soar was in that season of leaf change, and I got to see it in its perfect heights. Yes, I highly recommend it. The pilot is knowledgeable and mindful to give the passenger her experience of a lifetime. It is unforgettable.

1  Thank Janet S
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