National Balloon Museum Indianola
Where is it at?
National Balloon Museum
1601 North Jefferson Way
Tel: 515 961-3714
Where are we going today?
Did you know that there was so much history relating to hot air ballooning, that there is a whole museum dedicated to it!
That's right! The National Balloon Museum in Iowa has over 200 years of history ready for you to explore!
Why Iowa? You might be asking...well, not only is it an awesome state anyway, but the area of Indianola is actually known for it's amazing flying conditions, so a lot of ballooners actually call Iowa home for that reason!
The National Balloon Museum has a number of exhibits for you to explore full of cool stories and artifacts that will send you away with a pretty impressive ballooning education!
Have you heard of "The Champ Channel"? Well, once you visit you will have! In April of 1963, a man called Ed Yost (who actually invested the modern hot air balloon!) flew one right over the English Channel which connects England and France. You can check out actual footage of the flight, as well as some cool displays!
You can check out the incredible artwork of the Fantasia Balloon, and even learn about the very first free flight carrying a person, that happened way back in 1783!
There is even a display to inspire those daughters in the family - all about women balloonists! From women pilots, crew chiefs, and crew members, you can see what they have experienced and overcome - you never know what it might inspire in someone!
Are you ready to have a FLYING family day out at the National Balloon Museum?
Okay then...lift off!
How much does it cost?
- Free Under: 12 years
When can we go?
1pm - 4pm Oct to May / 9am open weekdays, 10am Sat and 1pm Sun (4pm close) rest of year
Closed only January and some major holidays.
They have group rates for tours so why not bring the students to the museum to learn some history!.
Any Top Tips?
They are closed in January but additional hours are available for tour groups and by appt .
Doing our bit
They really have taken care to tell the history and story of hot air ballooning. They are also run by volunteers so they can ensure it can be enjoyed by families in the future.
Need a little extra help?
If you have special needs, just give them a call to see how they can offer you assistance! .
Check out the fun Children's Learning Center where there is a host of fun interactive experiences!.