Free Fun

Wild Blue Yonder: Celebrate the history of aviation by viewing aircraft and artifacts documenting Atlanta’s long connection with airplane manufacturing and flight. Self-guided tours are free, though donations are encouraged. If museums are not enough, go see airplanes land and take off at some small Atlanta airports.

The Spirit of Delta, the airline’s first 767 is on display at the Delta Heritage Museum.

Marietta Museum of History: Aviation Wing

Hours: Thurs.-Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m., corner of Atlanta Road and South Cobb Drive, Marietta. (Parking $5 per vehicle) 770-794-5710; mariettahistory.org
Unravel the history of Marietta and its long connection to aircraft manufacturing at this 15.5 acre outside park displaying civilian and military aircrafts. The story begins with Bell Aircraft in the early 1940s and continues by exploring Lockheed Martin aircraft from the 1950s to the present. 

Delta Heritage Museum

Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Must make appointment 24 hours in advance for self-guided tour; security requires Photo ID for those 18 and older.)1060 Delta Boulevard, off Loop Rd. (I-85 exit 74), north of the airport
404-773-1219; deltamuseum.org
Experience the rich history of Delta Airlines and its affiliates at this museum on the grounds of the Delta World Headquarters. The aircrafts on display include Delta’s first passenger plane, Travel Air, and the Spirit of Delta, the airline’s first 767. Check out the replica of the first Delta station in Monroe, La. The museum store is in a redesigned section of the hull of the first L-1011 built. This museum is more suitable for older children. The best time to visit is Wed-Thurs., noon-2 p.m., to see the inside of The Spirit of Delta.

DeKalb-Peachtree Airport

2000 Airport Road, Atlanta
This airport is the second busiest in Georgia, behind Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. DeKalb-Peachtree reduces air carrier congestion for Hartsfield Jackson, welcoming corporate and business jets, personal aircraft, helicopters and aircraft charters. Kids will love the playground as they wait for planes to land or take off. pdkairport.org.

Gwinnett County Airport

600 Briscoe Blvd., Lawrenceville
This airport at Briscoe Field is one mile northeast of Lawrenceville, serving general aviation and corporate aircraft. Check out The Flying Machine restaurant where you can sit, eat, and watch the planes land. lzuairport.com.
– Sarah Egan