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“An unbelievable collection of flying history.”

Cradle of Aviation Museum
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Garden City
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

This is one of long islands best kept secrets, there is a true original imax stadium theater there and an awesome display of airplanes and aviation history. I think it's a bargain and never crowded.

Thank Andy868
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

An Amazin facility, Genius Tour guides..., Very easy to get to via the $12 cab ride. A strong 3 hour exercision- Amazin..

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

First rate museum for aviation buffs. Beautiful airplanes such as P-47, F4F and F6F. There's an exhibit on the Lunar Module that will make you think you're at the Apollo 11 landing. Lots of retired Grumman workers acts as docents. Great for the family

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Reviewed July 16, 2013 via mobile

If you are 9 or 90 there is some thing to see learn and enjoy Think about that while you are standing in a museum on the spot where Lindberg took off for Paris looking at a film of the event and a sister ship of The Spirit of St Louis hanging overhead......WOW

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Reviewed June 17, 2013

Took my 90 year old father for Father's Day. He has some balance issues and uses a walker. He loved it so much we spent over 4 hours and he only sat down twice! The exhibits were very interesting and a number were interactive so you could see how wind effects the wing of a plane or get in an original cockpit. These cockpits were original with everything in them, not just some model. My dad couldn't get in them, but it was fun for me. There are over 100 airplanes either on the floor or hanging from the ceiling, as well as a few outside, with descriptive exhibits for each one. The place is jam packed with exhibits and planes so if you are with someone who is really interested I could see easily spending 4 hours there. It is all very well done and professional. There is also a space exhibit, but we didn't do that one. I'm not a great airplane buff but I found it pretty interesting...at least for the first 2 hours and then my feet hurt....my dad however was still going strong. We went to the New England Plane Museum last year near Bradely Airport in Connecticut. That museum is much much larger but this one was just as good and well worth the visit. It was also very uncrowded.

As you walk around there are also videos with seating. Most of the videos are old footage of WWI and II. There is one with planes landing and crashing on an aircraft carrier...my favorite!!!...and another showing the building of old planes during the war. There are alot more as you walk about.

For someone older who has trouble walking - There is handicap parking outside the front doors, wheelchairs are available if you need them. There was one exhibit where you could walk up a long flight of stairs to the cockpit of an airplane. It had a handicap elevator and the stairs on each side had good handrails. On top, my father had no problem maneuvering around. There is also good seating all around the museum as you walk...if you need to stop and rest a lot.

There is a cafeteria with sandwiches and such....ok, nothing great there....but the prices were good... and 2 bathrooms, one on either side of the cafeteria. The store had a cart outside with used books (good birthday presents for older parents).

I expected this to be a tiny museum that would take an hour to visit but it is definitely at least a 3 hour experience.

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