Are you looking for something fun to do with your kids near DC, but don’t want to deal with the traffic and crowds of the downtown DC museums? The College Park Aviation Museum is perfect especially if your kids love transportation.
Where is the College Park Aviation Museum?
The museum is located at 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive
How much does it cost to get into the College Park Aviation Museum?
Admission fees are as follows:
Children: $2 (Free 1 and under)
The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for major holidays.
We got in for free because it was museum day, but after our visit, I’d gladly pay the entry fee. Keep reading to see why.
College Park Aviation Museum Video Recap
Is there food available to purchase at the College Park Aviation Museum?
There is no food available to purchase at the museum, but it is a short drive to the University of Maryland main campus. There are many restaurants to choose from in the surrounding area, so you can grab a bite to eat before or after your visit. The College Park IKEA is also a short drive from the museum, so you could eat at the IKEA cafe and get a little shopping done at the same time.
I knew we would be at the museum a couple of hours so I brought a snack of grapes, pretzels and juice boxes. Keep in mind, food is not allowed inside the museum, so I just went out to the car grab our snack and we went outside to the rooftop terrace to enjoy our snack. The weather was perfect and we got to see a few prop planes take off and land.
What kids activities are available for kids at the College Park Aviation Museum?
So many! Here are just some of the things kids can do at the museum.
Play with paper airplanes in a wind tunnel
Play with flight simulator video games
Ride around in the outdoor area with several wooden toy planes to scoot around
Dress up like a pilot in the 2 areas with flight suits and bomber jackets in different sizes
Take photos in a prop plane and model helicopter
When is the best time to visit the College park Aviation Museum
The museum is open year round, but I would be hesitant to go during the winter because you wont be able to take advantage of the outdoor play space or the roof top terrace.
We went during early September, so while it was technically summer, the weather was very mild and almost fall-like. Not too hot and just the right amount of shade on the rooftop terrace.
I hope you get a chance to visit this little gem of a museum next time you are in the DC area. If you live in the are but have never visited, this museum is sure to become a part of your regular places to visit rotation.