Did you know the New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame is located right here in Bergen County? Founded in 1972, the museum is located in Teterboro and offers numerous exhibits and programs throughout the year.
Families can enjoy many items on exhibit including rocket engines, the first American hovercraft, helicopters, planes and more. One of the best times of year to visit the museum is during their open cockpit days which are held five times a year -- the 2012 dates are March 31, May 5, July 28, September 8 and November 3.
"The museum opens the cockpits of many of the museum airplanes, helicopters and a fire truck. Visitors experience real 'hands on' cockpit understanding. They learn more about how pilots fly and what the controls and instrumentation does. Pilots and guides are on hand to answer any questions," according to the museum's website.
Another big event at the museum is the "Wings and Wheels Expo" which is being held on Father's Day weekend this year on June 16 & 17. Click here to view photos from last year's event.
Touring the museum is easy on the budget, too -- children and seniors are $5 and regular admission is $7. Group tours can be booked for parties of 10 or more -- $6 for adults and $4 for children and seniors. The group tours include a museum guide. Scout troops can even book an overnight adventure at the museum for $35 per person which includes a guided tour, scavenger hunt and more.
Students age eight through 15 can also enroll in the Dare to Fly course taught by pilots and educators. After a tour, the students will learn about aerodynamics and construct their own gliders which they fly in a competition at the end. A fee of $20 per student is charged.
The museum is closed Mondays but is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. six days a week.
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