Monday, September 7, 2009

Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

As summer shifts into fall, the weather around here has been perfect for sightseeing. Nothing like a sunny, 75 degree day to get you out and walking around the city. The use of only my feet and public transportation to get me around makes me feel good that I am making less of an impact in my travels. Yesterday, Mike, Ryan and I headed over to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum to check out the sites. Obviously, many other people had the same idea because the place was packed. Luckily, we were able to use our Chicago Field Museum membership to go right to the head of the line and get in as though we were members.

Along with touring the aircraft carrier Intrepid, we also were able to tour the Concorde airplane, lots of other aircraft positioned on the flight deck of the Intrepid, and a submarine called the Growler. The Intrepid was used in WWII and many interactive exhibits are available on the hanger deck. We found the multi-media show called "Kamikaze: Day of Darkness" especially moving. While you are able to tour many parts of the ship, there is just too much to see in one day. We will have to come back at another time in order to cover it all.
The Concorde made the fastest Atlantic crossing by airplane ever, accomplishing the trip in just over 2 hours and at a cost of around $7,000 per trip, British Airways soon went out of business. It took a lot of fuel to travel at those speeds and for that reason, I am glad they are no longer flying.

Not liking tight confined spaces, especially those located under water, I decided to skip the tour of the submarine. Mike and Ryan did the tour and and enjoyed being able to check out the interior of the sub- something that the typical person doesn't ususally get to do.
Unfortunately we had to head back through Times Square to catch the subway to get home. Packed with tourists and difficult to navigate, I am always amazed at the sheer number of people visiting that gritty, neon infused area. Why do tourists seek out this place when there are much better sightseeing options available in the city?

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