Activities | Air Zoo - Kalamazoo, MI


Everyone is invited to imagine, explore and discover at the Air Zoo!

Exhibits & Experiences

From hands-on learning exhibits like our FLEXHIBITS, KEVA Creation Stations, Imagination Playground, and flight simulators to the history of Guadalcanal, Dare to Dream, and the heroes of Michigan aviation, the Air Zoo is committed to bringing you intriguing exhibits, memorable experiences and the desire to come back for more! Check out some of the exciting things your Air Zoo has to offer!

Flight Simulators!

3D Full-Motion Flight Simulators

Strap in and take hold of the controls as you perform full-motion loops, rolls and dives while dogfighting in a fighter plane, or performing aerobatics in a high-performance stunt plane. Presented in amazing high-definition 3D, experience it's the closest thing to real flight without having to leave the ground!

Take on our Doron Flight Simulator and experience two amazing adventures!

Corsair Challenge (approximately 4 minutes)

Passengers experience one of the most unique fighter aircraft of the World War II era. Enjoy the thrill of flying your Corsair Legend fast and furiously over lakes, rivers and over hilly terrain as you skim tree tops. This flight simulation will take you on a colorful autumn journey over beautiful Southwest Michigan in the Air Zoo's Goodyear FG-1D Corsair.

Barnstormers 2000 (approximately 4 minutes)

Fly in one of fifteen barnstormer planes in this exciting simulator. Whiz past a control tower, through deep canyons, observe a volcano and race a speeding train to town!

Indoor Amusement Park Rides!

Century of Flight Ferris Wheel - Take a ride in this majestic 26-foot indoor Ferris wheel as you learn about the decades of flight and get a pretty awesome view of the exhibits! Anyone under 36" must be accompanied by an adult and must be able to sit on their own and not on the adult's lap.

Flying Circus Bi-Plane Ride - Kids of all ages will enjoy steering their own colorful Flying Circus bi-plane as they enjoy the thrill of barnstorming as they command the joystick and whirl around racing pylons with the wind in their hair.  Anyone under 36" must be accompanied by an adult and must be able to sit on their own and not on the adult's lap.

Montgolfier Balloon Race - Celebrate the invention of the hot air balloon as you fly through the air in your very own Montgolfier Balloon Race. Fun for riders of all ages! Anyone under 48" must be accompanied by an adult and must be able to sit on their own and not on the adult's lap.

Paratrooper Jump - Feel the sensation of weightlessness (about 1/2 G), as you are dropped at random intervals from a height of two stories... for a moment, you will feel just like a paratrooper with a parachute! All riders must be at least 36" tall (with or without an adult).

Biplane Rides! (June - September)

From mid-May through September each year, the Air Zoo and Waldo Wright's Flying Service partner to offer Air Zoo guests unique, once-in-a-lifetime, barnstorming flight experiences! Waldo's open-cockpit New Standard D-25 Bi-Plane seats up to FOUR, and aspiring pilots who choose to fly in the Stearman trainer have the opportunity to take the controls and live out a dream!

Missions Theater

Check out an engaging flick in the Air Zoo's Missions Theater. This Quonset Hut theater was recently upgraded, and offers visitors three different flicks per day; Fly me to the Moon; Heroes on Deck and Salute to Heroes! Watch our events calendar for new additions as we head into 2019 and celebrate 40 years in our community! Interested in hosting your own presentation in our Missions Theater? Call an Air Zoo Group and Events member for more information at 269.350.

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