Are you excited to visit one of the MOST visited museums in the entire state of Florida? Let's go...or rather...shall we fly?
The National Naval Aviation Museum is the opposite end of the museum spectrum. It's certainly not a dusty, don't-touch type. In fact, THIS museum is jam packed filled with interactive exhibits, amazing collections and other activities that older children will adore.
There is SO much to do and see at this incredible museum. Kids can learn al about the rich history of Naval Aviation, and actually get to see up close over 150 restored aircraft, that all represent the Navy, the Coast Guard Aviation, and even the Marine Corps.
With 350,000 sq ft of exhibit space, there is plenty of room to house them! There is even a HUGE 37 acres outside just waiting to be explored too!
Kids will love to discover the interior of some of their favorite aircraft by visiting the Cockpit Trainers Exhibit on the Second Deck of the South Wing. And it's so interactive!
The family can climb inside these cockpits, move the control stick, flip switches, and pretend that you are actually flying! The playing of radio transmissions heard by actual aviators approaching an aircraft carrier add to the experience!
The National Naval Aviation Museum also have two state-of-the-art MaxFlight Simulators. Under your control, these one-of-a-kind simulators are capable of air-to-air combat and stunt flying. How cool is that!
Combined with patented, fully interactive 360 degree pitch and roll technology, kids and adults are sure to agree that MaxFlight is one of the world’s most exciting indoor attractions!
Don't miss the Motion-Based Simulator is a five-minute, multi-sensory experience that combines a movie-like audiovisual presentation using a high-definition projection screen and surround-sound, with the motion of the ride compartment.
We haven't even told you about the IMAX Naval Aviation Memorial Theatre, that is ten times bigger than a normal screen! PHEW!
Ready pilots for an adventure?
They are part of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation which raises money for them to continue the recovery and restoration of historic aircraft, as well as the expansion of educational programs!
The Cubi Bar Cafe is open daily from 11am - 3pm. and serves soups, salads, deli sandwiches and dessert. Their breads are baked fresh daily. Most menu items bear names that are a tribute to aviation, such as Aviator Sandwich and the Chicken Pita Pilot.
They have FREE guided tours available daily, at 9:30am, 11am, 1pm and 2:30pm. Meet at the information desk. They also have self-guided tours available, as well as Flight Line Trolley Tours.
Their online shop is packed with cool logo'd goodies that can remind you of your stay!
The museum not only offer field trips for K-12 grades, but also distance learning, summer camps, and great adventures with world-class technology!
The museum welcomes everyone - even those who need accessibility. Even the drinking fountains are handicapped accessible!
Parking is FREE. There is a main parking lot on the west side of the museum.