For World War II buffs, and folks that like checking out fighter ships and planes, this museum on a real aircraft carrier The Intrepid docked at Pier 86 is a chance for an upclose look at the nuts and bolts of our not-so-distant history. Aboard this vessel, which fought in the Pacific during the ‘40s and withstood head-on attacks by Kamikaze planes and a torpedo strike, visitors will find a wealth of information about how naval officers lived on the massive ship, including hands-on-displays of items used in everyday life and views of the lower living quarters, and an outdoor flight deck with an impressive assortment of fighter jets and helicopters. Non-claustrophobic guests should descend into the Growler, the only American guided missile submarine open to the public, where you’re tiny New York living quarters will seem spacious and airy in comparison. If underwater living freaks you out though, then imagine taking to the skies, and beyond, in the Space Shuttle Pavilion where NASA orbiter, the Enterprise, is parked, which is fitting since during the 1960s the Intrepid was a NASA recovery vessel. A series of photographs, films and artifacts from the Enterprise’s career makes the history of space travel, which predated modern computers by decades, all the more awe-worthy.
|Venue name:||Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum|
Pier 86, Twelfth Ave at 46th St
|Opening hours:||Daily 10am–5pm, Sat & Sun: 10am-6pm, Holidays Apr-Nov: 10am-6pm|
|Transport:||Subway: A, C, E to 42nd St–Port Authority; N, Q, R, 42nd St S, 1, 2, 3, 7 to 42nd St–Times Sq|
|Price:||Prices vary by exhibit: $24–$31, seniors and students $20–$27, children $12–$24, veterans $17–$24, children under 3 and retired and active military personnel free|
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A floating museum on the Hudson River is a good way to describe this battle ship. If you are interested in US military history and aviation, this is a must see. Airplanes from previous wars are situated across the top deck and within the ship. You can wander around portions of the ship to see how incredibly "cozy" the sailors must have been aboard. There is also a Space Shuttle and other relics of space exploration. If you want to be a part of the action, there are flight simulators that you can ride. Be sure to not let your son take control of the simulator, unless you enjoy feeling nauseous for the remainder of the day? The elevator system that would bring aircraft from the top deck to below deck, to avoid enemies, was inspired by the stage at Radio City Music Hall.