Voted one of the world’s best aviation museums and number 3 on TripAdvisor’s Things to do in Palm Springs list, the Palm Springs Air Museum is an attraction you won’t want to miss. Open daily, the admission is a very reasonable $16, with a discount for seniors, military, children and youth. Go as a family get the family pass for $35 and your kids are basically free (kids under 5 are always free).
What’s awesome about this museum is that you can touch, get inside, talk to the pilot and even get a ride in a vintage Warbird! With one of the largest collections of flyable WWII aircraft, all exhibits are placed on the floor of the hangar so you can get the full experience of what it was like to fly on these bad boys. Some of these many planes include:
- Grumann F8F Bearcat
- Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon
- North American T-28 Trojan
- A-6E Intruder
- F-14A Tomcat
Kids will enjoy the flight simulators and the kid-sized control tower while adults enjoy learning about the history of each plane from the trained guides at the museum.
Make it Special
Imagine proposing or celebrating a special occasion with a ride in one of these airplanes. The cost is $195 for 20 minutes, but you can get longer rides for an additional cost. After she has accepted your proposal, the hangar is also available to rent for special events, like weddings and makes for an amazing space for a large gathering of up to 600 people. The hangar is climate-controlled, so there are no worries about sweating out of your dress on those hot summer Palm Springs days.
The museum also hosts different exhibitions like the current “Marking Time: Voyage to Vietnam” exhibition that presents the stories of young Americans who served in Vietnam, through cabin graffiti. You won’t want to miss the Memorial Day service, which is a gorgeous and touching site to see. Dedicated to those who served and didn’t return, a B-25 Mitchell Bomber does a fly-by, dropping over 3,000 red and white carnations! Musical guests, children’s activities and air shows are also highlights of the day.
Volunteers are always needed at the Palm Springs Air Museum, as are donations, so they can keep their wonderful programs going for all visitors and residents to the community.