Cradle of Aviation

Have you ever been to the Cradle of Aviation in Garden City?

It is one of Long Island’s amazing museums and has some great interactive exhibits for the entire family to enjoy.

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When you arrive at the museum you will see a huge U.S. Navy Fighter Jet hanging from the ceiling and you will be greeted by friendly staff members.

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Junior Jet Club

On the lower level right near the entrance is the Junior Jet Club geared towards children up to the age of 6. Not only is this a great interactive space for kids to enjoy it is a play area that your child would not get to play in anywhere else.

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There are some great area for kids to explore and push buttons inside of, for instance; an airplane cockpit. My 19 month old and 4-year-old did not want to leave this space. There was so many fun things to explore.

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The kids are encouraged to build, touch, jump and play in this great play space.

“The Junior Jet Club is included with museum admission or you can enjoy it without the rest of the museum for only $2.50 per person. The cheapest play-date in town!”

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Planetarium & Dome Theatre

The JetBlue Sky Theater planetarium is also located on the lower level and is a beautiful theatre that sits 300 people. There are shows available for families with children of all ages to enjoy and experience inside this virtual reality dome. See show times —> here



“Explore over 150,000 square feet featuring 75 air and spacecraft from a hot air balloon to an actual Apollo Lunar Module…”

When you walk around the museum you will be in awe of how much there is to see and how cool everything is. There is over a half- dozen cockpits to climb into and over 30 interactive exhibits to keep the little ones entertained as you learn about Long Island’s role in aerospace.


I encourage you to speak to the docent volunteers in the blue denim shirts who can explain what you are looking at throughout the museum with more passion and excitement better than anyone else because they are able to share their aerospace experiences with you.

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Would you like to eat on Mars?

If you get hungry there is a great place to eat called the Red Planet Cafe. Even though you will not really be on the red planet there will be plenty to look at when you dine, just look up. Your family will enjoy eating on Mars in a cafeteria type dining area that has healthy options to eat as well as your typical burger, chicken and fries.

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Special Events and Birthday Parties

Have your event take flight at the Cradle of Aviation. Learn more —> here

The Cradle of Aviation Museum & Education Center has so much to offer you will not be disappointed. It may become one of your favorite things to do on Long Island, it has become one of mine. My family and I can not wait to go back!

Watch the video below for all the highlights of the museum.


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The Cradle of Aviation is located at :

on Museum row near Nassau Community College

and next to the Long Island Children’s Museum, Nunley’s Carousel and The Firefighter Museum

Charles Lindbergh Blvd.
Garden City, NY 11530

Phone: (516) 572-4111

Website —> here

We are happy to say that The Cradle of Aviation is one of our Bright Pick’s here on Long Island.

Read more —-> here

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