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The Air Zoo lifts your spirits, expands your awareness and brings the fun of science and aviation to life. Excitement, adventure, entertainment and discovery. They are all here for visitors of every age.


Experience popular culture's impact on how we work, live, play, & communicate!
At the Air Zoo June 1st - October 2nd, 2016, POPnology is a "hands-on" examination of how popular culture has influenced modern technology and changed the ways we live, work, move, connect and play. In addition to a TON of interactive experiences and activities, guests can get up close to some of popular culture's most iconic characters, including R2D2 from the Star Wars films! Click HERE for more info.

Summer Break Science Camps and Classes

Make Summer 2016 unforgettable with Air Zoo Science Day Camps and Classes for kids aged Pre-K - 12th grade! By now you've probably heard about the Air Zoo's amazing camp programs. Let your kids experience the fun and amazing world of science! Based in Portage and Kalamazoo, find out why the Air Zoo has become West Michigan's #1 destination for kids classes and camps!

Biplane Rides!

Your barnstorming adventure starts at the Air Zoo's East Campus, where you'll take off and cruise over the beautiful Michigan countryside. There's nothing quite like open cockpit flight, and this is truly an experience you'll remember forever!

Tigers: Tracking a Legend

Takes guests on an immersive adventure into the lives of endangered Bengal Tigers! Visitors engage their senses of sight, sound, touch, and smell as they track a mother tiger and her two cubs through a collection of multi-sensory exhibits.

A child enjoys the Air Zoo's Flying Circus Bi-Plane Ride.

Century of Flight Ferris Wheel

Take a ride in this 26-foot indoor Ferris wheel as you learn about the decades of flight.

Flying Circus Bi-Plane Ride

Kids of all ages will enjoy steering their bi-plane with the wind in your hair.

Full-Motion Flight Simulators

Strap in and take hold of the controls as you navigate a fighter plane. It's truly a hair-raising experience.

Montgolfier Balloon Race

Fun for all ages, the Montgolfier Balloon Race celebrates the invention of the hot air balloon as you fly through the air on this fun ride.

Paratrooper Jump

Feel the sensation of weightlessness, just like a paratrooper, as you are dropped from a height of two stories.

RealD 3D/4D Missions Theater

Experience Salute to Heroes®.

Space: Dare to Dream

Space: Dare to Dream exhibit

Space: Dare to Dream pays tribute to the dreamers who dared to find the answers to our very existence and shaped humankind's knowledge of our place in the universe. This exhibit celebrates those innovators' amazing discoveries and the history of space exploration. Visitors are able to explore Galileo's study, learn about ancient cosmology and experience the rumbling liftoff of Saturn V as it leaves Earth.

Activities for Kids

From camps to scouting to other activities, the Air Zoo is a great place for kids to experience the excitement of science and aviation.

Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame

The Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame was established in 1987 to recognize men and women who have made significant contributions to aviation. It is located inside the Air Zoo.

Smithsonian Institution Affiliations Program