Take the Kids: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Photo from Svetlana Jovanovic
Bringing History to Life
The legendary aircraft carrier on the West side of Manhattan in the Hudson River has it all. A walk (or crawl) through the former USS Growler is a can’t-miss experience. The submarine, which carried and launched nuclear missiles during the Cold War, was in commission for just six years. The kids will get a chance to walk through every corner from its radio room and crew’s sleeping quarters to its maneuvering and torpedo rooms. Children must be taller than 40 inches to enter and lines may close early, so plan a tour at the beginning of your visit.
Your trip won’t be complete without some quality time in the museum’s Exploreum, an awesome interactive space in the hangar deck. Kids get to climb aboard a Bell 47 helicopter, steer the wings of an airplane, explore a 40-foot submarine and lie down on a bunk as if it’s their bed for six months at sea.
If your kid can’t get enough of the hangar deck, look into Operation Slumber, which allows families to spend the night on the aircraft carrier. They’ll get unlimited rides on the Intrepid’s new 4-D flight simulator, access to planetarium shows and much more. Of course, all museums have gift shops, but be warned: You can’t leave the Intrepid without exiting through theirs. So be prepared for a barrage of requests from the kids.
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum: New York City
Pier 86, W. 46th St. and 12th Ave.
New York, NY
Hours: Mon.-Fri.: 10 am-5 pm, Sat.-Sun.: 10 am-6 pm
Tickets: Adults are $33 each, children (5-12) are $24 and seniors (65+) are $31
Good to Know: Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders get free admission to the museum the first full weekend of every month as part of the program Museums on Us. General admission includes access to the Space Shuttle Pavilion, submarine Growler and all temporary exhibits.