We’re back in the off again-on again rainy season here in the Pacific Northwest, but that shouldn’t stop you from having fun. There are plenty of indoor activities in Seattle Southside for families and travelers. One attraction that sits right near the top of the list is the largest private air and space museum in the world, The Museum of Flight.

Have you been to The Museum of Flight? If so, when was the last time you visited? The museum is constantly changing as new exhibits, planes, and artifacts switch out frequently. One of the newest, exciting exhibits is APOLLO, which opened in May. This exhibit explores the space race and the ultimate victory of the Americans as the first nation to land a man on the Moon. One of the highlights of this new exhibit is the first public display of the rocket engine which launched the Apollo astronauts to the Moon.

The Museum of Flight Aviation Pavilion Father and DaughterAnother recent development at the museum is the massive Aviation Pavilion, housing an original Air Force One, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the Concorde, a B-17 “Flying Fortress,” and many other historic aircraft. This sprawling, 3-acre complex resembles an air hangar which spans several decades of American aviation innovation. My favorite plane in this exhibit is the B-29 “Superfortress” which after years of restoration, is finally available for public viewing.

Back inside the museum, you’ll find plenty of air and spacecraft, as well as interactive, kid-friendly exhibits. The flight simulators, 3D movie theater, and cockpit experiences make the museum feel more like a theme park for kids. Before you go, make sure to stop by the gift shop for plenty of aviation/space themed toys, books, models, apparel, and more!

Lastly, here’s an insider tip…don’t leave the museum without exploring the Personal Courage Wing to check out WWII and WWI fighter planes. It’s my personal favorite exhibit and I can’t recommend it enough. When you walk through the gateway and into the dimly lit WWII gallery, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back into another time. Not to mention, with Pearl Harbor Day fast approaching, it makes for an awe-inspiring, educational experience for the whole family.

Whether it’s raining or not, The Museum of Flight is a must-see attraction in Seattle Southside. Take the kids (or the parents) out for a day at the museum, and have fun!