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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 5 July 2016 via mobile

Very interesting. Learned about gliders. Saw gliders actually going up in the air and flying around. Kids really enjoyed it.

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Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

Anyone who knows planes, the history of flight, collectors of plane memorabilia knows the National Soaring Museum. It is only on of two U.S. museums focused on motorless flight and Elmira, NY is regarded as the "Soaring Capital of America," in part because of soaring's central role for over 80 years in the social and economic history of the region, attracting individuals and associations from around the world for contests, lectures, symposia, and special events.

Offered throughout the year are activities like The Eileen Collins (Local NASA Astronaut) Summer Camp, sail plane rides, sail plane training, sail plain events drawing pilots from all around the country.... And that doesn't even touch what there is to experience inside. History of flight that will entertain the youngest to the oldest, flight simulators, amazing views (including of the warplane museum just 5 minutes away). So many things to do that I could go on forever ever! Make sure you check this out on your way through, you won't be disappointed.

2  Thank Chris R
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Reviewed 12 March 2016

Better than we imagined, much to see&learn. Several vintage gliders.We learned much about the sport/hobby.I would have liked a ride, but weather was bad.It was worth a stop.

1  Thank cecustard
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Reviewed 21 July 2015

The location of this place is really pretty, and to actually go on a glider ride would be awesome, but I didn't do that. I just went through this very small "museum" that was overpriced for all the more it had to offer. I wouldn't do it again. I would however, recommend going to the location to either watch the gliders come and go or if your lucky enough go soaring on a glider ride. The prices for that start at $90+

1  Thank Britt P
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Reviewed 13 July 2015

This is a unique attraction. It would help to have a prior interest in sailplanes, but the information is presented in such a way that a novice could be hooked as well (connections to history and science). For those with young children, there are a couple gliders to climb into, and lots to look at. Then they can go outside and watch gliders take off and land. We had a great time.

1  Thank BEM124
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