San Diego Air & Space Museum, San Diego

4.3
Marvel at the wonders in San Diego Air & Space Museum, full of science, space, and aviation displays. As an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, this establishment promises fascinating interactive exhibits like space shuttle and flight simulators. Imagine yourself at the head of a cosmic mission, and then head to the historical aircraft and spacecraft collections to see a flyable replica of Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, plus the only real GPS satellite on display in the world. Don't miss the Apollo 9 command module, which actually flew into space. Make San Diego Air & Space Museum a centerpiece of your San Diego vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our San Diego day trip planning app .
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  • The San Diego Air and Space Museum is an aviation and space exploration museum located in Balboa Park. It has a lot packed into a small area particularly up front. When we were there the crowd was lar...  more »
  • It's packed full of planes and aviation stuff. It is a well put together museum and the best in Balboa park. My husband enjoyed it. We have been to the Smithsonian's air and space in DC which is much ...  more »
  • My 11 year old is aviation mad and loved this place, as did we. Spent a couple of hours here. There is plenty to see and se real act8vities available. Highly recommend.  more »
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  • I'm really into Aviation, and I have been since I was a kid... I loved it here. There's so much to see and do. They have a special exhibit going on right now and for the next few months called "Speed" and there's a whole bunch of interactive stuff to do in there, from a moto GP arcade game (2 player) to some hot wheels drag racing. They also bring in a bunch of really cool rare cars monthly, each with a different theme. Once you get into the main portion of the museum, there's all kinds of history about the planes and pilots and some really rare pieces of history that really make you think. Towards the end, they have a really fun flight simulator (extra $8) where you strap into a cockpit and get to do Barrel rolls and backflips. I can't wait to go back!
  • There is some super stuff here, a good history of flight. The special exhibits, while fun, do tend to get in the way of the standard exhibit sometimes. The flight simulators are great fun, and the 3D movies for kids are fun too. Worth a visit if you like giant shiny machines.
  • Interesting museum. Not comfortable on a hot day when crowded. Lots to see. Part of Balboa Park, which has several different museums. Can easily spend a day here. Close to zoo. Not to pleased with the food here.
  • This place was fun, it had a lot of cool and interesting exhibits. It's just a pretty quick museum. Overall awesome.
  • I've been here twice. It's not as large as some places but you get to see a lot of aviation history. It makes a great venue for events. I didn't pay for the simulation but got a free ride when I attended an event. The simulator spins and tilts pretty well and feels like you're almost upside down.
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