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Day Trip to the Udvar-Hazy Center

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Day Trip to the Udvar-Hazy Center

Say what you will about Pokemon-Go but it’s become a major point of interest when discussing outings, we convinced a friend of ours to join us for this trip to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center based on the number of poke-stops here: a dozen or so, is that good, I dunno but, apparently good enough to sway our friend and my hubby.

In the Hangar

And, in the words of my hubby “the Udvar-Hazy (UH) is worth leaving the city for”.  Essentially DC’s Air and Space Museum 2.0, UH opened in 2003 and is housed in an enormous, air conditioned, aircraft hanger.


Large enough, to feel very “not-crowded”, and to house the Discovery Space Shuttle.


The variety and breadth of aircraft here is enough to impress everyone, from planes homebuilt by air craft enthusiasts to the historically significant Enola-Gay. Imax movies, daily tours, paper air plane contests, and the observation tower are also attractions.


An on site photographer even took care of  this year’s family portrait. (That’s one less thing on my to-do list, score!)


On the way home we stopped by Astro Donuts in Falls Church VA, and I had the opportunity to indulge in another Pokemon inspired treat, the Pokemon go-nut. By all accounts, a successful day-trip.


Website: Udvar Hazy-Center


Daily: 10am-5pm

Extended hours until September 5th: 10am-6:30pm

Closed December 25th

Getting there:

14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy

Chantilly, VA 20151

Parking ( $15/car, free after 4pm )

Cost: Free (parking is $15/car, free after 4pm)

Additional Supplies: Stroller if needed

Nursing Friendly: Sure, plenty of places to sit but no designated spots

Attention Level: Medium

Disclaimer- I have created a level of alertness scale; low, medium, high.  based on factors such as play area location in relation to traffic, strangers, dogs, etc. A low rating in no way indicates you should not keep an eye on or engage with your child, it simply means your child is in less danger here should you become distracted.


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