One of Washington’s Musts, the Air and Space Museum is the most popular museum in the world. (8.2 million people visited in 2010, more than the Museum of Natural History (6.2 million) and the National Museum of American History (4.2 million).) This is where all airplanes want to stay when they retire. The Wright 1903 Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis, the Apollo 11 command module, and scores of other lesser known but important and cool looking vehicles are here to enjoy. There are lots of interactive exhibits as well – wind tunnels, carrier landings etc. There is so much big stuff that they had to build a storage shed for it. A dazzling $311 million storage shed, the Udvar-Hazy Center, at Dulles Airport, is chock-full of cool airplanes and space stuff. The Our Kids staff inspected the joint last summer and gave it six thumbs up, despite the stiff $15.00 parking tab, which threw the OK books into disarray for several weeks. Make sure to visit the observation tower where you can watch the planes take off and land at Dulles. Our Kids encourages locals to visit early on weekdays. Air and Space is a great place to go on rainy days. Parking on the Mall is available for mortals after 9:30 am and can be tight later in the day. Some Air and Space Quibbles: Food is not allowed inside the museum (good), a food court offers items from McDonald’­s, Boston Market and Donatos Pizzeria and since you were going to ask, no, you can’t bring your own (bad, in the opinion of the OK Dietition and Fitness Trainer.)

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