Sunday, January 3, 2016

Air Zoo

365 days of fun: Day 2

So, for 2016, I am aiming to share 365 attractions to visit in the Midwest. Here were are on day two and I was reminded of a place I visited several years ago, but that remains a favorite. Having a family of five boys, this was a spot that they LOVED - the Air Zoo, located near Kalamazoo, Michigan.

This place is so great because it covers so many different areas of flight - from military aviation to hot air ballooning to aerospace in a variety of different exhibits. Visitors can get up close to some of the world's most elite aircraft, including an SR-71B Blackbird Spy Plane, the F-14 Tomcat, best known for its role in Top Gun and a Curtiss P--40N Warhawk made famous by the Flying Tigers.

Through simulators and the Midwest's first 4D theatre, you can get a feel for operating a jet fighter or being in the middle of a WWII bombing mission.

In the Michigan Space Science Center, kids can be exposed to what it's like to be an astronaut in several interactive exhibits. I remember that one of the highlights of our visit was that there was a small room with a big screen that was patched in to a live feed to one of the space missions and you could watch live what was going on in outer space on a real space ship.

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