Washington DC – Day Trip 1 – National Marine Corps Museum and Vintage Air Show – K

As the daughter of a proud Marine, who fought at Guadalcanal, I encourage you to do a dual Day Trip tour, with a free visit to The National Museum of the Marine Corps — in Quantico, VA which opened in late 2006.

If you want to combine it with the Vintage Air Show, then you have to do this on a Sunday; otherwise the Marine Corps museum is open daily.

Start out on an early Sunday morning for a quiet drive to the $93 million dollar private, non-profit museum which stands just outside of the main gate of the Quantico Marine Base, on 135 wooded acres. It’s open daily, usually, and from 9-5.

Included in the Marine Corps Museum is a “mess hall” restaurant, a simulated boot camp and its own electronic firing range. Visitors can test their skill with an M-16A2 rifle there for a small fee. Directions are listed after those for the air show, below.

You can also learn about helping the wounded Marines in some simple, effective, long-distance ways at: Wounded Warrior Program

Here’s another unusual, fun activity to combine with your Day Trips A – K out from Washington, DC.

By driving 20 miles west of Quantico, you can return to the Golden Age of Flying, every Sunday, from May through October (except May 22 this year), you can enjoy the vintage bi-planes at The Flying Circus Airshow!

One week-end in August, you’ll also be able to experience hot-air balloons!

In addition to seeing the old-time planes, the show includes sky-divers, wing-walkers, aerobatics, formation flying, etc. Most of the vintage planes are 1920’s – 40’s bi-planes with open cockpit.

For an extra charge, you may even take a small aircraft ride, doing several of the air maneuvers these versatile planes are famous for. This option is dependent on weather and demand and if available, happens before and after the main show. Read the rules and prices here Bi-Plane Rides.

They’ve been doing this since 1971, so they know how to make sure that it’s a place where the generations of a family can each come and enjoy something together!

The old-time, original-type American Airshow, The Flying Circus, is located 14 miles south of Warrenton, VA and 22 miles northwest of Fredericksburg, VA just off Route 17.

Flying Circus Airshow
Airfield: 5114 Ritchie Road (Route 644)
Gates and Field open at 11:00am
Airshow begins at 2:30pm – 4pm

Adults: $ 10.00
Children 3-12: $ 3.00
Children Under 3: FREE

(540) 439-8661

National Museum of the Marine Corps
18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Triangle, VA
Directions: 36 miles south of Washington, DC. I-95 exit 150A, just outside the main gate of the Quantico Marine Base.
Admission: Free
Hours: Daily 9 am – 5 pm. (Call to verify)
Phone: 877-635-1775


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