When we lived in College Park, we would bike on a path that went past the College Park Airport and Aviation Museum, but we never went into the museum. Recently my parents came to visit and we decided to check it out!
The College Park airport has a rich history – it is the oldest continuously operating airport in the United States, the Wright Brothers flew here, the first woman to ever fly in a plan flew from this airport – it’s a pretty cool place. The museum opened in 1998 and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.
The museum itself is fairly small, about 1 1/2 stories, but houses a few planes and an interactive section for kids. There is an airplane that you can climb into as well as pilot outfits to try on, things to make, a flight simulator, and a few other experimentation stations.
The museum also has a few different clubs for kids and special events like movie nights! I hope that we’ll be able to attend some of these activities when the boys are a little older!
It is definitely worth a visit and only takes an hour or two to go through. It’s really close to the College Park Metro station, but also has ample parking. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for kids over 2.