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“An "Uplifting" Family Adventure”

National Soaring Museum
Ranked #6 of 22 things to do in Elmira
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Owner description: The National Soaring Museum houses a world-class collection of sailplanes and gliders, preserving the history and heritage of motor-less flight. NSM is located next to an active glider port, allowing visitors to witness takeoffs and landings, especially during the busy summer months. Public glider rides are available on a first-come, fist-served basis. Harris Hill offers many enticements besides a visit to NSM. The Museum is located adjacent to Harris Hill Amusement Park, featuring miniature golf, go-karts, batting cages, a driving range, an arcade, snack bar and more: as well as a pool, picnic grounds and a scenic overlook.
Reviewed 18 August 2012

We visited the National Soaring Museum and gave my husband a flight as a gift for his birthday this year. The Museum is relatively small, but very interesting and covers the history of soaring through models, life-size replicas and actual gliders from its earliest history in the 19th Century through today. There are a few kid-oriented hands-on activities. My husband was thrilled with his glider ride and wishes we lived closer so he could take it up! You can see a short video of his flight and an interview with him and a youth pilot at http://www.brainiacgetaways.com/ridin-the-thermals-at-the-national-soaring-museum-in-elmira-ny/.

Thank Carol W
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Reviewed 14 July 2012

I took the soaring adventure as my husband's birthday present to me... in October just before my birthday (we squeaked in before the end of the season). Oh my, the perfect time to soar was in that season of leaf change, and I got to see it in its perfect heights. Yes, I highly recommend it. The pilot is knowledgeable and mindful to give the passenger her experience of a lifetime. It is unforgettable.

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Reviewed 10 July 2012

Harris Hill is the birthplace of soaring in America. Perched right on top you'll find the National Soaring Museum. For a very low entry fee one can spend as little or long as wanted learning more about sailplanes and gliders dating back to the Wright Brothers glider to today's composite glass slipper sailplanes. The sailplanes displayed and historic exhibits are all nicely done. Excellent gift shop. Superb staff. When visiting the Elmira / Corning area, adding a visit to Harris Hill, a tour of the National Soaring Museum and maybe even a sailplane ride at the adjacent Harris Hill Soaring Corp will be a wonderful and unique addition to your trip!

1  Thank NutmegCT
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Reviewed 8 January 2012

This place is not large, but it gives you a good idea about the activity of soaring, as well as some history about how gliding aircraft have been used in the past.

Thank Singer63
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Reviewed 7 January 2012

The national Soaring Museum is unique and features Gliders designed and built right here in the BF/Elmira area.

Thank IwantyouToloveme
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