National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola

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Dedicated to preserving the history of naval aviation, National Naval Aviation Museum displays more than 4,000 artifacts and 150 aircraft and spacecraft. In addition to the first aircraft to cross the Atlantic, the museum's collection includes other historical helicopters, biplanes, fighter planes, gliders, and space capsules. The museum also operates a flight academy, a six-day program meant to teach the youngest of aviation enthusiasts about the importance of science and math in aerospace careers. Pilot wannabes of all ages can ride the museum's flight simulators or watch IMAX films at the on-site theater. The museum gift shop sells aviation books, toys, caps, flags, patches, and posters. For National Naval Aviation Museum and beyond, use our Pensacola travel itinerary maker to get the most from your Pensacola vacation.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Every time we go to this Museum I learn about a plane I never heard of before. Well laid out and very informative.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    This is an absolute must-see if you visit Pensacola. I visited it years ago and they have made a lot of changes and added a lot of things. It is a bit harder to get to than before because of 9-11. The...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    We visited this museum on the Naval base in Pensacola Fl as a side trip from Miramar Beach Fl (next to Destin Fl). The museum was excellent and free as others have mentioned. There are many well laid ...  more »
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  • June 14, 2017
    My husband is a private pilot and wanted to see. I would not have gone had it not been for him but sure would have been missing out! The National Aviation Museum is awesome!! Our kids range from 4 to 14 and it was a hit with every one of them. We finished up the day with a late lunch at the cafe. Our waitress was so nice and accommodating. This is a true national treasure!
  • June 24, 2017
    The museum is a tribute to the men and women who have and are serving this great nation. If you are ever in the area, be sure to check it out. The price is right, FREE. Also if you enjoy light houses they also have one there. There is a fee to go up the stairs though. There's also a great beach you can check out when you're there.
  • June 22, 2017
    This museum is super impressive. The sheer amount to excellent exhibits and airplanes is staggering. If you really wanted to look at everything and read everything it would take at least a week. God bless our servicemen and the amazing aircraft that allow them to accomplish their duties safely!
  • May 31, 2017
    Went on memorial day with 3 of our kids 10-21 years old. It was great for the whole family. Also free to visit. So much to see and learn. Take the time to read about the planes. They do ask for i.d. for 16+. We did not sample to food. Wear comfortable shoes and have fun, learning about our awesome history.
  • May 29, 2017
    The Smithsonian could take a lesson from this place. Everything is so well kept. There wasn't an inch of dust on everything. So much to see, and you can get close enough to see every part in an engine. The people working there are very friendly. All around we had a fantastic experience. Thank you.

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You'll find places to stay throughout Pensacola, but reserve a place downtown for the best local atmosphere and access to nearby beaches. Downtown Pensacola is on the water, and it features a collection of inns and bed and breakfasts in historical buildings and upscale tower hotels. The national chain hotels and motels along Interstate 10 by the Davis Highway and Pensacola Blvd. exits provide budget-friendly options within driving distance of downtown. It might be tempting to choose one of the budget motels along Highway 90 just west of downtown, but these reside in a rundown area. If you're arriving to spend most of your time by the ocean, stay on Pensacola Beach or Perdido Key, which sit just outside the city limits.
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