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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Chantilly
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Virginia
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53 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great place all year round”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Udvar-Hazy is a frequent trip for my family. There always seems to be something new or something changing. The museum is never exactly the same twice. The docents are outstanding! If you're lucky, like we have been a number of times, you'll find a docent that is just hanging out. Ask them a question, listen with interest, and the next thing you know they'll be leading you around on a private tour. My three year old is fascinated by their stories and loves to ask them questions. They are always patient in answer the typical three year old question, "Why?"

Visited June 2013
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Ashburn, Virginia
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“Must See! Free parking after 4:00 - Open till 5:00”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Being able to walk around the aircraft so up close is amazing. You can't touch them or walk under then, but you get pretty darn close. The space shuttle sighting is surreal, as well as the Air France Concord and the Enola Gay. It's great for kids because of the wide open space of being inside the hanger among the planes. If you have time for extended stay, go see a movie in the iMAX theater, and spend the time in line to go up into the tower and see the planes coming in for landing at Dulles. On a clear day, the views are amazing. If you go after 4:00, the parking is free (pay $12 or $15 per carload), no admission, but you won't have time for the movies, maybe the tower and most of the planes.

Visited January 2013
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Chantilly, Virginia
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“A Must See for All”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Although there is no admission fee, you must use the paid parking lot, so come prepared for this expense. Once inside, the exhibits which outline the US role in air and space exploration will amaze you. The feature exhibit is the Space Shuttle Discovery. You must see a shuttle in person to fully understand the enormous feat that was required to built, launch, fly and land this type of aircraft. Be sure to visit the center tower, where you listen to live air traffic controllers monitoring landings for inbound and outgoing flights from Dulles International Airport. Depending on the wind, landings may occur on the runway right in front of you. The Udvar-Hazy Center is a must see when visiting the Washington, DC area.

Visited May 2013
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Chantilly
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“Excellent Adventore for the Family”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Have been raised in the Air Force and then serving in the Marine Corps, I have had the opportunity to visit a majority of the Air and Space Exhibits across the US. The Steven F Udvar-Hazy Center ranks among the top two. It is a great adventure for the entire family.

Visited July 2013
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“We Take All Our Out of Town Guests Here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Great museum with lots to see and do and plenty of PLANEs and history! We take all of our out of town guests here since it's close to our house, it's free, and it doesn't involve a trip into the city. Parking, however, is spendy ($15 last trip) but there is no entrance fee. You can watch the planes land and take off from Dulles airport, see the Enola Gay, the space shuttle and a million other "air worthy" things.

Visited May 2013
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