The Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum is a proper boy’s museum. Set on the actual Intrepid Aircraft Carrier one of the most successful ships in US history, it’s now a national historic landmark and one of the most unique attractions in NYC. In 1943, Intrepid was commissioned and served in World War II, saw three tours of duty in Vietnam, and was involved in submarine surveillance in the North Atlantic during the Cold War. Now docked off Manhattan, it has various planes, helicopters and even shuttles from recent history to fuel the imagination. The deck also offers a none too shabby view of New Jersey and Midtown from its docked Hell’s Kitchen vantage point. However the real gem is the tiny Growler nuclear sub that went into service in 1964 and did 8 missions to the coast of the Soviet Union before being de-commissioned. The tour shows just how astonishingly basic the controls with which the world entrusted its fate to in the 60’s.
The truth is that this is a tad sharply priced at $22, but is actually a fun and educational museum where you can while away a good few hours. Where else are you going to be able to get inside a nuclear sub, step on board the now retired Concorde, and climb into a cockpit simulator and feel the G Force for that price?
Intrepid Museum 700 West 46th Street New York,NY 10036(Hells Kitchen)