Florida has a rich aviation and space history. From historic aircraft to NASA rockets, Florida's aviation and space museums and attractions provide numerous educational and entertaining experiences for visitors and residents. Photos and Information on Florida's aviation and space museums are below.
Air Force Armament Museum, Eglin Air Force Base: Experience the aviation warfare armament from the early days of World War I right through to today's high tech planes and bombs. Inside, you'll find an extensive collection of weaponry and interactive displays that will amaze and intrigue. Outside displays include vintage military aircraft including the fastest plane ever built - the SR-71 Blackbird. Admission is free for everyone. 100 Museum Drive, Eglin Air Force Base, FL 32542, 850-651-1808. For more information visit www.afarmamentmuseum.com.
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Air Force Space & Missile Museum, Cape Canaveral: The Air Force Space and Missile Museum at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station preserves both the hardware and the spirit of United States' ventures into space. The museum displays numerous missiles, rockets and related space equipment and is open daily. Tours leave from Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex. Please call the museum before visiting. 321-452-2121. For more information visit www.afspacemuseum.org.
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DeLand Naval Air Station Museum: The Museum and Hangar are filled with military artifacts, vintage photographs, memorabilia that have been donated to the Museum. There is also a room dedicated to World War I. The museum's collection includes a MASH helicopter from the Korean War, 1954 Army jeep, 1941 Buick convertible, F-14 Tomcat and a TBF Avenger torpedo bomber. 910 Biscayne Boulevard, DeLand, FL 32724, 386-738-4149. For more information visit www.delandnavalairstation.org.
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Fantasy of Flight, Polk City: Fantasy of Flight offers a variety of guided tours including visits to their working restoration and maintenance areas. You can take a spin on a state-of-the-art hang glide simulator at the interactive Fun with Flight center for families and climb on board a real B-17 Flying Fortress in a WWII bombing mission. 1400 Broadway Blvd. S.E., Polk City, FL 33868, 863-984-3500. For hours and admission rates click here. For more information visit www.fantasyofflight.com.
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Florida Air Museum, Lakeland: Florida's "Official Aviation Museum and Education Center," the Florida Air Museum displays a rich variety of aircraft and artifacts covering the history and significance of the first 100 years of flight, with more than fifty aircraft on display, including one-of-a-kind designs, classics, ultralights, antiques and warbirds. Located at SUN 'n FUN at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. 4175 Medulla Road, Lakeland, FL 33811, 863-644-2431. For hours and admission rates click here. For more information visit www.flairmuseum.org.
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Kissimmee Air Museum: Visitors experience aviation first hand as they interact with the planes, pilots and projects. The museum has aircraft displays, educational exhibits, aircraft restoration and exciting training flights in WWII fighter-trainers through Warbird Adventures. Kissimmee Gateway Airport, 233 N. Hoagland Blvd. Kissimmee, FL 34741, 407-870-7366. For hours and admission rates click here. For more information visit www.kissimmeeairmuseum.com.
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NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Cape Canaveral: At Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, you get the unique chance to tour NASA's launch and landing facilities, experience interactive simulators, enjoy live shows and have jaw-dropping encounters with massive rockets. Plus, you can even meet a veteran NASA astronaut. For admission rates click here. For more information call 321-449-4444 or visit www.kennedyspacecenter.com.
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National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola: The National Naval Aviation Museum is the world's largest naval-aviation museum with 37 acres of outdoor exhibits and 300,000-square-feet inside. The Navy's Blue Angels do practice runs regularly during the show season from March-November, when the weather is nicer for being outside. 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola, 850-452-3604. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day and admission is free. For more information visit www.navalaviationmuseum.org.
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United States Astronaut Hall of Fame, Cape Canaveral: The U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame is complete with the sights, sounds and experiences of the famous astronauts who first ventured into the frontiers of space. Experience exhibits dedicated to our nation's astronauts, including the world's largest collection of personal memorabilia and realistic astronaut training simulators. Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899, 321-449-4444. For hours and admission rates visit click here. For more information visit www.kennedyspacecenter.com/astronaut-hall-of-fame.
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Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum, Titusville: The Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum has 10 acres of property at the Space Center Executive Airport in Titusville, and displays, maintains and restores all types of aircraft that were indigenous to the world's military Air Forces starting before WW1 to the present. 6600 Tico Road, Titusville, FL 32780, 321-268-1941. For hours and admission rates click here. For more information visit www.vacwarbirds.org/.
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Wings Over Miami Air Museum: Wings Over Miami Air Museum serves as an ongoing tribute to the veterans and aviators who pioneered military and civilian aviation. The museum seeks to educate visitors about the rich history of aviation, the scientific basis of flight, and the many challenges faced during the evolution of flight. 14710 SW 128th St, Miami, FL 33186, 305-233-5197. For hours and admission rates click here. For more information visit www.wingsovermiami.com.
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