Long Island Garden Railway Society Holiday Display
If you love planes, the Cradle of Aviation Museum has long been a must-see, with 75 air and spacecraft (including an actual Apollo Lunar Module) and eight cockpits you can actually climb into. But around Christmas, it becomes paradise for train lovers, too – model trains, that is.
December 23 through January 1, just in time for kids’ winter breaks, the museum hosts the Long Island Garden Railway Society’s immense annual G-scale model train display. (It’s often assumed the G in “G-scale” stands for “garden railways,” as trains sometimes run outdoors, but it actually comes from the German word for big.) In this exhibit, steam engines and diesels towing freight and passenger cars traverse a variety of landscapes from different eras, running on a variety of tracks at the same time. Whether you’re 5 or 50, it’s magical.
Exhibit is free with museum admission – $15 for adults, $13 for children ages 2-12 or seniors 62+. Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9:30-5:00 and open on Mondays that fall on holidays and school breaks.