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Museum of Flight

Seattle’s long association with Boeing makes it the obvious place to find one of the best attractions dedicated to aviation history in the U.S. 

The massive Museum of Flight is located at Boeing Field, just north of Sea-Tac International Airport. This extensive showcase of flight history has displays covering everything from the Wright brothers’ experiments with wings to space exploration. 

Take the family for hours of fun exploring six levels of more than 30 vintage planes, plus 120 other examples of aircraft and spacecraft and a hanger-full of flight-related artifacts. Thought-provoking and interactive, the Museum of Flight is educational for all ages and can keep aviation fans busy for at least half a day. Those wanting a brief taster of what the museum has to offer should visit after 5 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month when admission is free. 

Take a ride at the controls of a flight simulator, or sit inside the cockpit of a decommissioned fighter and let your imagination soar. Try out the prototype car-plane, a futuristic invention that was designed to convert from a car to a mini airplane and back again. Air Force veterans will appreciate the Personal Courage exhibit, which honors aircraft from World Wars I and II, and those who flew them.

Other exhibits worthy of special mention include a retired Concorde jet, America’s first presidential Air Force One and the incredible SR-71 Blackbird, the super-secret reconnaissance aircraft developed in the 1960s and capable of a speed of 2,200 miles-per-hour (3,530 kilometers-per-hour). Those with a less-than-encyclopedic knowledge of aircraft should join the guided tours. The more daring can relive history with a biplane ride in an authentically restored aircraft. Suitably warm clothing is provided as part of the trip.

Finish your visit at the Wings Café, which offers great views across the museum complex and Boeing Field. If the Museum of Flight has sparked your interest in aviation, you may also want to take the Boeing Factory Tour in Everett, 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of Seattle. 

The Museum of Flight is about seven miles (11 kilometers) south of downtown Seattle. There is plenty of free parking on site. A public bus from downtown stops directly outside the museum.


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Lodging Near Museum of Flight

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Brighton Guesthouse (Walk to Metro)

Brighton Guesthouse (Walk to Metro)

43rd Ave S, Seattle
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Brighton, this guesthouse is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Kubota Garden and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Seward Park. Safeco Field and Jefferson Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Lake View Studio W/ Cozy Fireplace - Seattle, WA

Lake View Studio W/ Cozy Fireplace - Seattle, WA

6902 56th Ave S, Seattle
4.9
of 5, from 21 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Seattle, this apartment is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Seward Park and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Kubota Garden. Jefferson Park and Museum of Flight are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$99
Georgetown Inn

Georgetown Inn

6100 Corson Avenue, Seattle
4.3
of 5, from 332 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Georgetown, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Jefferson Park and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Museum of Flight. Nordstrom and Pike Place Market are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$60
Days Inn Seattle South Tukwila

Days Inn Seattle South Tukwila

13050 48th Ave S, Tukwila
2.8
of 5, from 1,433 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this motel is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Family Fun Center and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Museum of Flight. Kubota Garden and Seward Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$54
Ramada SeaTac Airport

Ramada SeaTac Airport

16720 International Blvd, SeaTac
3.3
of 5, from 5,692 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Just 0.5 mile from the Seattle airport, this 5-story hotel is within 2 miles of Southcenter Mall, 6 miles from the Museum of Flight, and within 14 miles of downtown Seattle and Pike Place Market.

Rustic Meets Modern, Beautiful Newly Remodeled Mid-century

Rustic Meets Modern, Beautiful Newly Remodeled Mid-century

10731 68th Avenue South, Seattle
4.5
of 5, from 4 reviews
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Situated in Seattle, this vacation home is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Kubota Garden and within 6 mi (10 km) of Museum of Flight and Seward Park. The Landing and Family Fun Center are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Parklike Fenced Yard, Walk to Arbor Lake, Airport and Freeways Within Minutes

Parklike Fenced Yard, Walk to Arbor Lake, Airport and Freeways Within Minutes

12256 Occidental Ave S, Seattle
4.4
of 5, from 5 reviews
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Located in White Center, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Lincoln Park, Pike Place Market, and Safeco Field. CenturyLink Field and Columbia Center are also within 9 mi (15 km).

Beautifully Appointed Large Studio Apt. With View Of Lake Washington

Beautifully Appointed Large Studio Apt. With View Of Lake Washington

7146 South Sunnycrest Road, Seattle
5.0
of 5, from 5 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bryn Mawr-Skyway, this apartment is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Kubota Garden and within 6 mi (10 km) of Seward Park and The Landing. Museum of Flight and Family Fun Center are also within 6 mi (10 km).