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“Get Ready to Take Flight”

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 26 November 2016

It was a gloomy day so I decided to stay in town and visit the National Soaring Museum. I wish I had visited it sooner! My imagination took flight among the many gliders.

The National Soaring Museum a hall-of-fame for gliding.  They have a big hangar-looking facility with a ton of various gliders, pulling trucks, etc. from all sorts of eras and places.  There are a couple for the little ones to climb in and touch, as well. It's the closest I'll ever get to gliding.

 If you're into gliders and aircraft, this museum is a must family-friendly activity when in the Elmira area. The land it's on is beautiful.  It's located right next to a hangar where people come to glide and/or to learn how to fly a glider.  It's located on top of a mountain, so it really is spectacular. I wish I would have been visiting when gliders were taking off.

1  Thank twilbur2
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Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

I get here because my uncle lives in Elmira, and i try and do the Soaring Flight eith a Instructor and its was amazing! The Great View is out of this world!

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Reviewed 25 September 2016

I had heard about this museum a few years ago and finally got to visit. A very nice collection of sailplanes and displays about the people and history of soaring. Particularly enjoyed the replica of the Wright Brothers 1902 glider. The museum is located next to the Harris Hill Soaring Center so it is possible to watch the sailplanes or take a flight.

1  Thank Staggerwing12
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Reviewed 12 September 2016

Small museum but informative! Walk and see on your own. Lots of gliders and some other air items. Each exhibit has notes on about the history

1  Thank MERRIE S
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Reviewed 14 August 2016

If you're a pilot or flying enthusiast you'll love this place. Well laid out and enjoyable to walk around. Everyone was helpful and enjoyable to chat with! Watched a few gliders take off as well.

1  Thank gbmk
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