Last week we arrived home from a week and half trip down south. It was wonderful but took a twist. The trip was planned to have its finale on Hilton Head Island with my entire side of the family. We left on a Tuesday and on Wednesday received word that Hurricane Matthew was going to affect our trip beginning with a mandatory evacuation of HHI. This in turn, forced my mom (the master vacation planner) to cancel our reservations. Bummer!
Since our family was already packed and on the road we ended up rerouting to Florida (more on that in a later post).
Our first stop was to the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.
Highly recommended. Awesome for ALL ages. You can easily spend from 2 hours to all day there. And drumroll please…..its FREE!
We made a quick pit stop to ChickFilA mostly because it seems to be all the rage and we currently don’t have one close to us. It was fine. But still fast food. So now we can say we’ve been to Chick Fil A.
On to the museum. It is very easy to get to and ample parking (free). We went on a Tuesday around 2pm and spent 3 hours there.
I must say Ike was a hero on this trip. He loads up all the luggage, does all the driving, makes all reservations and goes with the flow. He repeatedly retrieved the stroller from the cartop carrier and I had to snap this picture to remember. 🙂
Since we only had 3 hours at the museum, we hightailed it to the fourth and newest hangar. This is the one that houses a historic collection of presidential aircraft.
There are several you can walk through but please note: the walkways are very narrow! We easily left the stroller at the entrance, no problem. The aisles are glassed off for viewing.
It was intriguing to see the press seats, meeting rooms, command offices, beds, kitchens, cock pits. Enormous amounts of history to absorb through reading, seeing and experience.
Also in the fourth hangar is the Space Gallery which was a highlight for this little guy who wants to be an astronaut and a farmer when he grows up. This was a hands on virtual flight area that allowed you to view your flight on the screen. We saw satellites, shuttles, missiles, and more!
17 months of cuteness who holds that little lovey almost always.
There is also a large gift shop and book store area. We will return for sure and spend time in another area of the museum. There are volunteers at almost every aircraft and roaming around to answer questions. We spoke with a former Air Force Airman who lived in California and drew maps for war pilots. This is why you could spend all day there… the stories they tell are a true history lesson! Last year over 550 volunteers gave their time to this museum.