Palm Springs, California is the home of a tremendous air museum. They have one of the largest collections of World War II planes in the world and most of the planes still fly! Some of the planes they have are the F-4 Phantom, F-18 Hornet, B17 Flying Fortress, P63 Kingcobra, P51 Mustang, P40 Hawk, and many more.
What makes this museum even more of a treasure is their staff and volunteers, which is made up of veterans and former pilots. If you can, sign up for a guided tour with one of them. Their knowledge is endless and their storytelling truly captivating. They will tell you about the aircraft and then tell you about the famous men that flew it. Some of the stories you will know from history class and other stories are so funny you will be repeating them to all of your friends. If you cannot get a tour, find a volunteer and ask if he knows any stories behind the planes.
They even have an area just for kids. In the children’s area kids can make an airplane, helicopter or a parachute. They can play dress up, pretend to fly an airplane, or color. The museum often has other kid events going on that you can find on their website.
I can not recommend this educational air museum in Palm Springs highly enough. I was only able to stay 2.5 hours and I could have spent double that in there. If you are active duty, you and your family get in for free. General admission is $13, kids are $6, and 5 and under are free.