My sister, Megan, and her son, Mikey, were in town visiting over the weekend. Weston and Mikey are only 10 months apart in age, so we always try and schedule some toddler-friendly activities during out time together in order to keep the peace.
It is always a bonus if the outing is adult-friendly too so when we decided to go to the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at the Dulles International Airport yesterday morning, excitement was felt by children and adult alike.
Parking is $15 but admission is free, so a visit to the museum qualifies as an inexpensive family outing. As a companion to the National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall, The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is home to more than 100 aircraft, including a Concorde, the Enola Gay, and the Space Shuttle Discovery.
“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” Leonardo da Vinci (at least according to the Internet). Like most people, I was most excited to see a space shuttle up close and personal, and the Discovery did not disappoint. There were also a large number of space exploration artifacts – it is hard to fathom the equipment the first space explorers used to travel thousands upon thousands of miles away from Earth. Nothing short of amazing.
The Concorde, Fox Alpha, Air France.
I don’t think these two could have been any happier.
The Boeing B-29 Superfortress, Enola Gay.
And finally, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft.
If you get a chance, visit the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. I promise you won’t be disappointed!