Soaring to the New England Air Museum

Connecticut might be a small state, but it is very full of exciting things to do! June 14th was Connecticut Open House Day, and I had a chance to visit a few wonderful places with a group of bloggers and some friends from The Department  of Tourism. Our first stop was the New England Air Museum.

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We were Cheryl of  CherylBudge.com and her family,  Elise from Connecticut Working Moms   and her family, and my family!  (weightsover.com, LoserGurl.com and RealBoysLife.com  plus Libby from Connecticut Tourism and the fabulous AL – he’s the VOICE behind 1-800- Connecticut. No, seriously, have a question about Connecticut? Ask Al.  Visit CTVisit.com for cool stuff to do in Connecticut.

We had 2 stops, and the first one was SO MUCH FUN! We took a tour of The New England Air Museum

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What a great trip!   I have always been intrigued by aircraft, and in this museum there are plenty to see.  However, the STORIES behind the aircraft made the trip!  Our fantastic tour guide, Ken, knew all the details and more.

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Did you know the spacesuits that were on the Apollo mission were made in Connecticut? Also, before they started making helicopters, Sikorsky made planes that could land in water, like seaplanes and bi-planes.

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There are also so many other interesting planes to see! But one of my sons FAVORITE things was the flight simulator.  He LOVED that thing and really enjoyed trying to fly!

Flight Simulators are like video games!

We really enjoyed checking out the 58th Bomb Wing Memorial.  The 58th Bomb Wing Memorial pays tribute to the thousands of men in the first unit to introduce the Boeing B-29 Superfortress into combat in World War II.  Seeing one of those Superfortress was really eye opening. If you have a chance to go explore the Memorial Wing, you won’t regret it.  There is so much information and memories about our Veterans and their service to our country, and how aviation helped win a war.

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We were only at the museum for a few hours, and honestly, I could have spent a few MORE hours there. I know there were a lot of  things I didn’t look at closely enough. I guess that means we need to take another trip back to the museum!  Since everything in Connecticut is only about 2 hours or so away from each other, why not take a ride to Windsor Locks and check it out for yourself?

The New England Air Musuem

Location:
36 Perimeter Rd., Bradley Int’l Airport,
Windsor Locks,CT 06096

Hours:
Open 7 days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone (860) 623-3305

Admission:
Adults 12 & Up $12.00
Children 4-11 $6.50
3 & Under Free
Seniors 65 & Up $11.00

Thanks to Connecticut State Tourism for arranging the bus ride,and lunch. The museum was open to the public for free, and all opinions are my own.

Comments

  1. This looks like a ton of fun! My son would love to visit.

  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    That sounds really cool. I am less than 2 hours from there, so a road trip might be in order!

  3. This place looks awesome!

  4. It looks like you had a great time there! We will have to check it out if we are ever in the area. My father-in-law used to be an Air Force pilot , so my husband’s got a bit of an obsession with planes :)

  5. SO much fun!

  6. Conneticut Ive never been there, but the space museum looks great for the kids, maybe one day!

  7. How wonderful! I love visiting museums.

  8. This looks like a really nice air museum.We recently went to the EAA Museum in Oshkosh Wisconsin – I was totally surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did. I knew the boys would like it but so did all of the girls!

  9. Looks like a great place to visit! My boys would love to see this!

  10. First off, I love getting together with other bloggers! Second this looks like a fabulous place. My 4th son is crazy about planes and would definitely love a visit!

  11. How fun! My boys enjoyed the Sacramento air museum last week… very similar to this! :)

  12. This reminds me that I am dying to plan a trip to the Kennedy Space Center this Summer! I love learning about anything that involves air crafts and flying. This place looks like a great learning experience for adults and children.

  13. That looks like so much fun! My youngest would love this.

  14. We have an air museum near us. I think I will have to see yours when I am that way.

  15. I’ve never been able to visit the Northeast but from what I’ve seen there is quite a lot of really neat looking opportunities and places to visit up that way like that museum :)

  16. SO neat! Midge and I recently went to NASA and she is OBSESSED with everything air travel now lol

  17. we have an air museum here but have not been in a few years, thanks for the summer idea:)

  18. Sounds like really educational place to visit, my boys would love it!

  19. We love the Air and Space museum near here. The kids love the air planes and I love the history!

  20. I have a feeling my son’s favorite thing would have been that flight simulator. What a neat place!

  21. OMG that looks AMAZING!!

  22. Elisebet F says:

    We love air museums! The admission prices at this one look very reasonable too.

  23. Looks like a great time, and not too far from us! I will have to check this out!

  24. Looks like you guys had a fun time. I’m just too far away to take advantage of all the fun.

  25. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    I love airplane museums. Looks like you had a great time and learned lots of fun things. A great outing for the family.

  26. It does sound like it’s more than worth a visit. Some of the things you learn are incredibly interesting!

  27. This looks like such a cool place. I can’t believe I’ve never visited before!

  28. What a fun day for you and your family! I love that it is reasonable to get into the museum too. A lot of these places are like $50-$100 and for a family of 3-4 that gets way out of control. I will definitely add this to my list of things I want visit ;-)

  29. Maria Oller says:

    It looks fantastic my son would enjoy the museum so so much he loves panes and space related events

  30. How fun! My oldest has loved planes for as long as he could see them in the sky. We have an air museum in OR, but the spacesuit trivia is great! Would love to see that.

  31. Looks like an awesome place to visit. Would love to take my daughter there.

  32. My husband and son would love this place! I love going to place where the tour guide actually knows what they are talking about and can answer questions on the spot!

  33. How fun! My youngest has really been into planes lately. She would flip!

  34. What a neat place to visit!

  35. That place looks so awesome! I miss going to museums on a regular basis.

  36. I’m not sure if we have one here but my boys would have a total field day at a place like this. Will have to check and see if there’s one close by me.

  37. It looks like you had an amazing time!!

  38. That would be a really fun museum to go to.

  39. Looks like a really fun place to visit! My kids love museums so this would be a must if we are travel to the area!

  40. This looks fun! I’ll have to add this to my bucket list under “places to visit”.

  41. My boys would love love this museum, so cool!

  42. My son would go crazy there! My father in law {so my son’s grandpa} is a pilot so they have always bonded over anything that flies.

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