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Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour
Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Mukilteo
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Located approximately 25 miles north of Seattle, The Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour is the only public tour of a commercial jet assembly plant in North America. Explore the interactive exhibits and displays in our 28,000-square-foot Aviation Center Gallery; then take a 90-minute tour of the Boeing plant where you can watch 747s, 777s, or 787 Dreamliners being assembled right before your eyes. There is a minimum height requirement of 4 feet (122 cm) for children participating in the Boeing Tour. To avoid disappointment please make sure to check height before purchasing tickets. This restriction is strictly enforced. ADA accessible tours are offered twice daily. Call in advance to ensure proper accommodations. In the Future of Flight Aviation Center Gallery, the Family Zone is home to a number of different activities, all designed around a theme of aircraft manufacturing and assembly. Activity carts let visitors build a simple aircraft model, or use our Lego (and Lego-compatible) pieces to express new ideas about aircraft design. A kid-sized airport and aircraft allow future pilots of all ages to practice their take-offs and landings. Currently, the Family Zone is also home to a highly engaging, hands-on nanotechnology exhibit, and a Bernoulli Table, an exciting interactive experience that teaches the relationship between the velocity of air and the pressure it exerts. Coloring and reading activities are also available, and drop-ins are welcome. Admission is free for ticket holders and for Institute of Flight members.
Reviewed March 31, 2013

We brought our 9 and 12 years old along to learn about how they make planes. Overall, my kids learned a lot and we loved it. They only suggestion is they talk a lot about past aviation and I wish they show more of future aviation.

Thank Campbell09
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

A little pricy for our family of 5, but worth it. Not for kids under 4 feet tall or people that may have difficulty walking quickly or up and down stairs. Amazing factory to see how air planes are built.

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Reviewed March 25, 2013

We took the full tour, booked online and only paid $16.00 each. I thought it was well worth the price and didn't feel that was too steep. Our tour guide, Larry, was EXCELLENT. This fellow definitely knew his stuff, and could rattle off figures and facts all day.

No cameras, no purses, etc...no big deal. Lock them in your car or pay the $1 for a locker. Do use the washroom before entering tour, as there is no opportunity to do it once the tour starts. I didn't find the walking or stairs to be strenuous at all.

Do not pay $10 for the gallery only as it is definitely not worth it. That was the biggest disappointment of the tour. There is really nothing to look at (look over the balcony and decide for yourself) They should have more displays of "past to present", interior displays, etc.

2  Thank mitca
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

We took our grandsons to the tour. First we had to wait until one of them was over 48" tall, that put our trip off over a year. True this is not Boeing's problem but the reason they gave for the height restriction was not necessary. They have installed several plexiglass panels at the view points to allow the kids a view without being lifted up to clear the railing. Many of the interactive displays in the gallary were not working, the flight simulator was not staffed at all. When we returned from the tour the snack bar was still selling food but they had a sign up that all the tables were closed. You were welcome to purchase food, but you couldn't sit and eat it. We took the tour on a Saturday as the kids were out of school. I would recommend that you take the tour on a weekday when there might be more activity on the factory floor.

Thank Edwin R
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

You can spend an entire day there if you really want to take in the history of flight from the start to the future. One of my favorite and frequently missed spots, is the Mock air traffic control center.

Thank o p
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