Do you need to get your family unplugged for a day at a low cost? The perfect day trip is a visit to the Museum of Aviation located in Warner Robins, Georgia. Just under a two-hour drive from Statesboro and free admission, the museum is an excellent, educational family day. Opening in 1984 with just 20 aircraft displayed, the facility has grown to the second largest museum in the United States Air Force and the fourth most visited museum in the Department of Defense. The museum includes four large exhibit buildings with 85 historic U.S. Air Force aircraft, missiles, and the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame.
The aircraft exhibit is an impressive collection of fighter jets, cargo planes, missiles, drones, and helicopters. Many of them are outdoors where one can walk completely around in an up close and personal tour. The museum has a strong mission to encourage public support of aviation by honoring aviation leaders. The Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame is located in the Century of Flight Hanger and is a wonderful tribute to these contributions from the state of Georgia.
For some exciting fun, explore the International Space Station on the virtual reality simulator. Including the ISS ride the simulator features five adventures. Other immersive experiences are available in the Imagination Station. The children will also love the hands-on environment learning about science and engineering. There are activities for children of all ages and the environment is fun and energetic.
There are events year-round and many workshops for children and educators. For example, this May there is a RoboCode STEM day and Professional Development in robotics & coding.
Before you head back home you will probably be ready to eat. If you didn’t pack a family lunch you can splurge because the museum is free; there are plenty of local food options around Warner Robbins. Mike’s Hot Dogs & Hamburgers and My Father’s Place pizzeria are just a couple of choices.
Regardless of weather, visiting this museum is great fun. If you are an aviation enthusiast, you won’t be disappointed!
Free Admission | Free Parking
Open Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Except Christmas Eve and
New Year’s Eve 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
Location: 1942 Heritage Blvd,
Robins AFB, GA 31098
(You do not have to go on base to visit the museum).