When we were planning our trip to NYC we looked for different things to do with Isabella and when we read about the Intrepid we knew immediately we wanted to take her there.
The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum is a military and maritime history museum located in the former aircraft carrier USS Intrepid fought in World War II. Intrepid also served as a NASA recovery vessel in the 1960s. It was decommissioned in 1974, and today is docked on the Hudson River as the centerpiece of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
Not only that, the museum showcases the submarine USS Growler, a Concorde, and the Space Shuttle Enterprise.
The Aircraft Carrier Intrepid is heart of the museum and it is divided into decks. Our two favorite decks were the Flight Deck and the Hangar Deck.
On the Flight Deck you will find more than two dozen authentically restored aircraft. It was raining on the day we went so our visit here was quick.
The Hangar Deck is the main indoor exhibit space. The best part for kids is The Exploreum, a fully interactive exhibit space. You can climb in an actual Bell 47 helicopter, navigate through an interactive submarine and steer the wings of an airplane. Isabella didn’t want to leave 🙂
You can also stay very close to a Concorde. Visitors age 10 and up can go on a guided tour inside the plane. Cool, right?
And be ready to be face to face with Space Shuttle Enterprise!
When I was child I wanted to be an astronaut so you can imagine this was my favorite part 🙂
The Space Shuttle Pavilion showcases the space shuttle Enterprise, the prototype NASA orbiter that paved the way for the space shuttle program. Seventeen dynamic exhibit zones feature original artifacts, photographs, audio, and films that immerse visitors in the science and history of Enterprise and the space shuttle era.
You can also visit a submarine. The former USS Growler is the only American guided missile submarine open to the public. Growler offers a firsthand look at life aboard a submarine and a close-up inspection of the once “top-secret” missile command center. Access is available to the various compartments as they were used during operations. You must pay extra to visit the submarine and it’s recommended for visitors ages 10 and up.
When you buy your ticket pay attention to what is included. Many activities are paid separately to the general admission.
For more information check the official website.
Our overall opinion: Great!