The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in Manhattan, New York CityThe powerful naval history of the USA open for children of all ages on board of USS Intrepid.
An aircraft carrier, 28 speed planes, a missile submarine and a space shuttle stand piecefully at Pier 86. Each of them could have perfectly made a true Hell's Kitchen out of the borough they are in. Instead, they compose the Intrepid Museum - the one where the history of Sea, Air & Space come to life like nowhere else.
The unique institution obtained its name after the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, which served tours of duty in World War II and the Vietnam War. She was also a recovery vessel for Mercury and Gemini NASA missions. Decommissioned in 1974 and bound to be scrapped in 1978, USS Intrepid was saved by Fisher brothers, rich real estate developers. The museum was founded in 1982; four years later, the aircraft carrier became a National Historic Landmark.
The museum is a must for children of all genders and ages who are nuts on naval history. On board of the real aircraft carrier you can walk its decks and pop in its cabins; see the Space shuttle Endeavor in all its immensity and discover how crews lived underwater for months in the the cruise missile submarine USS Growler; touch the British Airways Concorde and Lockheed A-12 Blackbird - terrible fighter aircrafts... Oops, where are my last 4 hours?
The Intrepid offers thematic tours on military history delivered by the veterans and volunteer docents. Their stories get even more impressive when you stand by the vessels - the ones that witnessed all those events live. True honor and inspiration.