College Park Aviation Museum: a perfect outing for kids of all ages

Earlier this week, I went with other members of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington DC on site visit to the College Park Aviation Museum. I had known that the College Park Airport was the oldest continually operating airport in the country, but I now know that it’s in fact the the oldest in the world!   Although the airport has struggled in the years post-9/11 because of flying restrictions near Washington, it still maintains regular operations.  For example, some folks commute to work weekly by airplane and land at College Park.  I think a trip to the airport and it’s museum is one of the most underutilized attractions in the Washington region.  After all, the airport was the place where Wilber Wright trained US Army Pilots to fly for the first time!

The museum, which is maintained by the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation, is adjacent to the airport. The museum exhibits and its education programs are geared for kids from approximately 3 to 13 years old. But older kids (like me) had a great time playing with the paper airplane launcher.  This is definitely an attraction worth visiting especially if young children are involved. It’s easily accessible by car and by Metro.  A visit to the museum would certainly fit well within one of our customized itinerary oriented to families with kids.