New York has much more to offer than just observation decks and musicals. In fact, you’ll find quite a history on the New York waterfront when you step aboard the USS Intrepid, also known as the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum.
Located on the Hudson River, this World War II Aircraft Carrier was home to thousands of men during times of war. When you come aboard, you’ll experience the life that these sailors lived on a daily basis.
The Sea, Air, and Space museum is open Monday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM from Nov. 1 to March 31. Summer hours begin on April 1 and end on Oct. 31. The museum is open in the summer Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The crew at the Intrepid also encourage all visitors to download the Mission Intrepid app for free on the Apple App Store.
There is so much to see and do at the Intrepid that it’s hard to know where to start. You’ll be able to visit the Aircraft Carrier Intrepid, Space Ship Enterprise, the USS Growler, and the British Concorde. With so much to see and do, where do you begin?
When we visited the Intrepid, we started our day out on the Intrepid’s flight deck. Intrepid is home to over 25 different aircraft from all five branches of the military. Some of the most popular planes include the Tomcat, the Sea Cobra, and the Tracer.
Still a somewhat new addition to the flight deck, the Space Ship Enterprise is one of Intrepid’s biggest attractions. The Enterprise was retired from space operations in 2011 and turned over to the museum. Visitors can enjoy exhibits on the shuttle’s journey to the Intrepid, learn about life on the International Space Station and listen to conversations between the astronauts aboard Enterprise and Mission Control.
Also located on the flight deck is the “island.” Sort of an air traffic control tower, the island is home to the navigation and flag bridges. You can explore these parts of the island at your leisure.
After exploring the flight deck, our adventure continued down to the Gallery Deck. This is where you’ll really start to see some key Naval areas. As guests explore the gallery deck, they will hit the anchor chain room, visit an officer and junior officer berthing, a Marine berthing, the ammo room, the combat information center, a squadron ready room, and the communication station.
Kiddos can have fun as well, and what’s fun without some sort of educational component? Located on the Hangar Deck, kids can get immersed in all things Navy with a visit to the Exploreum. While visiting the Exploreum, guests can experience a G-Force simulator, a 4D movie ride, and a flight simulator. All three experiences do cost extra, but there is a combo pass available for $27 per person.
While on the hangar deck, there is also a movie, The Story of Intrepid, along with an exhibit on Kamikaze planes. Visitors will also be able to get up close with artifacts and items that were donated by former crew members.
Depending on the time you visit, there are many free talks, demos and films available daily. When you arrive at the museum, head straight to the information desk to find out times and details. (We did the aircraft elevator talk…definitely not to miss!)
The fun doesn’t end once you finish with the aircraft carrier though, continue down to the pier where you entered and step aboard the USS Growler, a guided missile submarine. Watch those knees though, she’s got some steep doors to climb through. The Growler is included with admission to the museum. Also located on the pier is the British Concorde. The Concorde is infamous for it’s fastest time on a transatlantic flight record. Tours of the inside are available but do cost extra.
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