Peterson Air and Space Museum is located in Colorado Springs on Peterson Air Force Base and is a museum dedicated to aviation and is the oldest aviation museum in Colorado.
When you arrive at the museum, the first building is a small walk through history. A short film can be viewed here (which we did not watch) then you can head outside to view the airplanes.
There’s a large hangar (City Hangar) that’s to the left that is filled with lots of information about World War II and the Cold War. There’s an airplane (P-47 Thunderbolt), flight seat, old uniforms, a model of NORAD, an ICBM launch control center, and a first generation satellite.
Once we left this hangar we went into a retired Warning Star, a radar plane. No touching anything in this plane which is hard for little hands! Our 3 year old got to wear the headphones which he thought were “cold.”
There are 16 stationary airplanes in this outside area which kids can be up close to and touch the different parts.
Overall our kids were not too thrilled with the museum. The tour is very informative but a little long for younger kids (even though it’s good for them to learn patience and be exposed to these different types of museums). Plus my kids are just not that into airplanes. But it is free, close to home, is very educational, and can be done at your own pace without the tour if you wish.
If you are not military (which we are not), a little bit of planning is required in order to get on base. You have to call at least 24 hours in advance and be prepared to give all drivers license numbers for every adult that will be present that day, as well as birthdates, address, phone number, etc.
Stroller friendly (except for the Warning Star airplane). Boys’ ages at time of airplane adventure were 4, 3, and 1.
Location: 150 E. Ent Avenue Peterson AFB, CO 80914-1303
Website: Peterson Air and Space Museum