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Air Zoo to offer new rides, new exhibit, new fun!

Expansion to open later this summer

June 3, 2011

Source: Danielle Nicholl
Job Title: Public Relations & Marketing Manager
Phone: 269.350.2811

KALAMAZOO, Mich.-The Air Zoo is adding even more rides and experiences to its list of attractions this summer.

On June 11, visitors will be able to experience a number of new rides, including the indoor Century of Flight Ferris wheel; the Paratrooper Jump, which allows paratroopers-in-training to feel the sensation of weightlessness as they are dropped at random intervals from a height of two stories; and the Corsair Challenge, a simulator that takes passengers on a flight over Southwest Michigan. The Air Zoo will also debut "Fly Me to the Moon"-a new short movie that will play in the upgraded RealD 3D Missions Theater.

The Air Zoo's 50,000-square-foot expansion will open to the public later this summer. The expansion will feature Space: Dare to Dream, an interactive exhibit that celebrates the dreamers who dared to find answers to our existence, along the history of space exploration. It will also contain the Michigan Space Science Center, an exhibit about women in aviation-including the Women Airforce Service Pilots-and aircraft that were originally housed at the Air Zoo's East Campus.

In preparation of new rides and attractions, the Air Zoo will be closed June 6-10. It will re-open at 9 a.m. on June 11.

For more information about the Air Zoo, please call 269.382.6555 or visit

The Air Zoo is a nonprofit organization located at 6151 Portage Road in Portage, Mich. It is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and offers a restaurant, gift shop and banquet facilities. Effective June 11, 2011: General admission will cost $8 per person. Unlimited rides and attractions may be purchased with a wristband package (Ultimate Ace-$15, Junior Flyer-$12, Co-Pilot $8), which includes general admission, or tickets can be purchased individually for rides.

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