The Wright Cycle Company Complex (Dayton)

Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky

If you are like me, the only place you would think associate with the Wright Brothers is Kitty Hawk in North Carolina. I had no idea, until I did my research, that the Wright brothers were from Dayton, Ohio, and that they actually started in the bicycle business, and through experimentation, developed their ideas and prototypes for the first airplane. At the Wright Cycle Company Complex we took a tour of the … [Read more...]

U.S. Space and Rocket Center (Huntsville)

Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama

The U.S. Space and Rocket Center was our fourth space museum that we'd visited on our Explore All 50 project. Many of the exhibits were things that we'd seen before but there were plenty of others that were unique enough to make this visit interesting. One highlight was going inside a model of the interior of the space shuttle. We got to see  how the astronauts sleep, eat, and even use the bathroom in space (pretty … [Read more...]

NASA/Johnson Space Center (Houston)

Texas

To prepare for our visit to NASA at the Johnson Space Center, I made sure we watched Apollo 13 the night before on Netflix (which is pretty easy to do if you have an Ipad and some cables that can attach to the TV)  so everyone was tuned in to what we'd be seeing… Little did I know we would end up sitting right behind the glass of the ACTUAL control room, preserved just as it was from that ill fated mission.  My … [Read more...]

Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center (Hutchinson)

Destination #6: Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma

My kids and I have been to quite a few space museums but the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center is definitely our favorite right behind NASA in Houston. What we loved most was that the exhibits were really informative because they were easy to understand-that goes a long way, especially when you are traveling with kids. As an American I had absolutely no idea that our space programs was started here by a German … [Read more...]

Tulsa Air and Space Museum (Tulsa)

Destination #6: Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma

I had no idea Tulsa had such a huge connection to aviation until we visited the Tulsa Air and Space Museum.  Tulsa  is where many pilots trained and many commercial airlines had their facilities located.  The original Tulsa airport's Hangar One hosted airplanes belonging to Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart.  Entering into the museum we were greeted by some veterans and former airmen who now serve as museum … [Read more...]