Stroll through the Museums in Garden City

One glance at a map reveals something curious in Garden City, Long Island: a boulevard full museums just waiting for someone wanting to spend a day of exploration strolling down the street and stopping in the three museums.

Charles Lindbergh Boulevard in Garden City is home to The Cradle of Aviation, Long Island Children’s Museum and The Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center.

The newest of the museums on Museum Row, the firefighters museum was established in 1995 and takes up close to 10,000 square feet. The Island’s fire department’s contributed to the museum’s interactive exhibits that include fire trucks and tell the story of the history of Nassau County’s firefighters as well provides some lessons on fire safety.

After the Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center it’s time for the Cradle of Aviation Museum. The Cradle of Aviation Museum is the oldest of the three museums. It originally opened in 1980 with a handful of aircraft. Today, there are more than 60 aircrafts and two hangers dating back to 1932 that make up the museum, including Charles Lindberg’s Jenny. The hands-on museum lets visitors explore Long Island’s role in aviation.

After learning all about flight and fire it’s time for lunch. The Cradle of Aviation Museum has wraps, pizzas and salads at the Red Planet Café.

After lunch stop by Nunley’s Carousel, right next door to the Cradle of Aviation Museum. Tickets are $2 per rider. The carousel’s 41 horses and one lion have been around since 1912 when the carousel called the Brooklyn waterfront home. Get a brass ring and get a free ride.

Finally, the museum that is impossible to forget, the Long Island Children’s Museum. Each year more than 265,000 people visit the 40,000 square-foot museum that has hands-on art, music and science workshops.

If you go:

Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center
1 Davis Ave., Garden City NY 11530
Main Office: (516) 572-4177
www.ncfiremuseum.com
Mondays to Sundays 10am to 5pm. July and August.
Tuesdays to Sundays 10 am to 5pm from September to June.

Cradle of Aviation Museum
Charles Lindbergh Blvd, Mitchel Field
(516) 572-4111
www.cradleofaviation.org
Tuesday through Sunday, 9:30am to 5pm
Open Mondays that fall on holidays and school breaks

Nunley’s Carousel
Charles Lindbergh Blvd, Mitchel Field
http://www.cradleofaviation.org/plan_your_visit/nunleys_carousel.html
Tuesdays to Fridays noon to 3 pm
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays noon to 5 pm

Long Island Children’s Museum
11 Davis Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530
(516) 224-5800
http://licm.org/
Summer Hours July 1 to Sept. 8
Daily: 10am to 5pm
September–June
Tuesdays to Sundays 10am to 5pm