Airplane enthusiasts in Suffolk homes should really take a day and go visit Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. The Museum has an impressive collection of planes, from the Brunner Winkle Bird, built in the 1930s, to the P-47 Thunderbolt, from World War II. Long Island real estate has long been an important place on the aviation map. In 1909, Frank Van Anden built the first airplane on Long Island--a biplane in Mineola. The Museum also has a Lunar Module for visitors to observe. The galleries at the Museum are arranged in chronological order, so visitors can follow the development of aviation, starting with hot air balloons.
Every month there are lots of fun and interesting events. The fourth Saturday is the Saturday Space Lab. Kids and adults will have a blast at the interactive lesson at the Jet Blue Sky Theater Planetarium. There are competitions, like the flying model competition in January.
The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Mondays that are holidays or school breaks. Admission for adults is $14; for kids 2 to 12, seniors, military, volunteer firemen, and non-ambulatory visitors it’s $12. There’s so much to see that visitors from Suffolk homes should consider a membership. Annual memberships start at just $50. Be sure to visit cradleofaviation.org for more information on exhibits, events, and programs for groups.