Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, New York, New York
The star of the New York City isn’t Broadway. It’s the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, or so we’d like to think. What does a theater on Broadway have that compares to an 872-foot long, 27,000-ton aircraft carrier jammed with supersonic jets, high technology missiles, and agile combat helicopters? What’s bigger than a space shuttle called the Enterprise or a swing nosed supersonic jetliner called the Concorde? Well, a theater on Broadway provides inspiration, that’s what. Todays jaded New Yorkers want big visuals, grand stories, and the latest technologies – you guessed it – Intrepid rises to the occasion. Inside her hanger decks are high definition screens with interactive content explaining the latest air and space technologies. There are audio tours, iPhone apps, immersive exhibits and dioramas that engage all the senses. There is the mind-blowing 4-D theater, the stomach-churning G-Force Encounter, and the hands-on Exploreum where you and your kids get into bubble canopies and manipulate controls to simulate flight aerodynamics. Plus all of the greatest planes of naval aviation plus a SR-71 –and lots more. Be sure to go back to see the space shuttle Enterprise and walk in, around, and under the Concorde. One is overwhelming huge while the other is sleek and overwhelmingly….engines! There’s the submarine experience, too, so give yourself 2 hours to see it all
This is New York and that should say it all but here’s a tip. Come in the midafternoon and see all the Intrepid has to offer, then take the 7PM Harbor Lights Cruise. The Circle Line docks are right next door and this is an iconic New York experience. The lines start forming at 6PM and you board by 6:15 so there isn’t much waiting to do between the Intrepid and the cruise. (Use our CityPass link for special discounts and combined ticket pricing that will save you money.)
Update June 2018
Intrepid is all we remembered it to be and more. Our return visit came on a spectacular day with loads of sunshine and moderate heat. We walked the interior compartments and remembered that Intrepid was restored to show you the way things were without the mannequins that other aircraft carriers have chosen to add. We liked the bare authenticity of that approach. And we just loved the Enterprise. How did anyone fly it, much less with a dead stock? And don’t forget the shade trees and picnic tables under the Concorde or to stop at the 9.11 Memorial.
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