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Things to Do

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.

Exhibits
From our new and exciting Space: Dare to Dream exhibit, to the history of Guadalcanal and the heros of Michigan aviation, the Air Zoo is committed to bringing you intriguing exhibits about the history of flight.

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®, an immersive, 4D World War II bombing mission adventure aboard the B-17 "Kalamazoo Gal".


Space: Dare to Dream exhibit

Space: Dare to Dream
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.

Biplane Rides! (June - September)
Take to the skies with up to four friends in a vintage biplane, or learn to fly on your own!

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