Long before Starbucks, Microsoft, and Amazon.com (and the whole dot com craze for that matter) Seattle was all about Boeing. Even now, since their headquarters moved to Chicago, Boeing is still the Seattle area’s largest employer and a huge presence in the community.
Besides all the obvious benefits to our local economy, Seattleites have long enjoyed Boeing’s impressive Museum of Flight. It’s a must-see when you’re in the area. From the stunning six-story tall Great Gallery filled with over 20 full-size aircraft to the historic Red Barn to the jets parked outside and the new Space Gallery, wonderful interactive exhibits abound for curious kids (and grown ups).
The museum added a massive Space Gallery in the hopes of acquiring one of the 3 retired Space Shuttles from NASA but instead acquired the Full Fuselage Trainer, a shuttle replica used for training all the Space Shuttle astronauts. Now you can cross a wonderful glass sky bridge to view an incredible collection of gear used in real Space Shuttle missions.
The Museum of Flight website, 9404 East Marginal Way S, Seattle, WA 98108. The Museum of Flight is located South of downtown Seattle, at the south end of Boeing Field / King County Airport; Exit 158 off Interstate 5. Free Parking adjacent to the Museum and Airpark. Admission is $17 for adults, $9 for kids ages 5 to 17, Children 4 and younger are free.