Fleet Week 2012 On Board the Intrepid

Visiting the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum with kids during Fleet Week.
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Visiting the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum with kids during Fleet Week.
Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

To celebrate the sea services, New York City has been hosting Fleet Week every year in late May spanning Memorial Day Weekend since the early eighties.

It's impossible not to notice the influx of young men in uniform strolling the city as if it were a military port. My boat/plane/car/train-obsessed toddler has opened my eyes to a whole new host of sights and sounds and this year we made our way up along the glistening Hudson River (stopping at the new Stonyfield Cafe at Chelsea Piers for lunch) to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum for the festivities.

We hadn't yet taken Sebastian aboard and weren't sure if it was age-appropriate but once we got up to the Flight and Hangar Decks it was a battle to get him to leave.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Intrepid NYC

Exploreaum Hall on the Hangar Deck has 13,000 square feet of 18 fully-interactive exhibits focused on the Intrepid's history and four educational themes of water, space, air and life at sea. Perfect for the toddler set and beyond:

Intrepid Hangar
Helicopter, Intrepid Museum
Aboard the Intrepid NYC
Exploreum Hall, Intrepid

If all else fails, there are vending machines throughout that are apparently quite entertaining for first-timers.

It's also important to note that the line for tickets looked to be about 30-60 minutes long but there was no wait whatsoever for advanced purchases and will-call. I guess the people waiting didn't have Internet access on their cell phones? In any case, it was a good reminder to purchase tickets in advance. City attractions are always packed on weekends and holidays.

Sebastian woke up the following morning and asked if we could "go back on the boat" but I told him the Intrepid is like Christmas, once year. I have to admit though, I had a really good time too. Maybe we'll be back sooner.

Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum: West 46th Street at 12th Avenue, New York, NY 10036 (212- 245-0072). Monday – Friday: 10 AM to 5 PM; Saturday, Sunday & Holidays: 10 AM to 6 PM.

{I was not compensated in any way for this post.}