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Castle Air Museum

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Address: 5050 Santa Fe Dr, Atwater, CA 95301-5154
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+1 209-723-2178

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What a treat in my backyard

This museum is unlike most. What a treat to have such history to view. I recommend this as a field trip for grandparents with the little ones. So much to take in.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Tanna I
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is unlike most. What a treat to have such history to view. I recommend this as a field trip for grandparents with the little ones. So much to take in.

1 Thank Tanna I
Devizes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I visited this place with my brother, I randomly found the place on google earth whilst looking for things to do while passing through, on the way to Yosemite. It was great, quiet and maybe 5 or 6 of us in total walking around. The aircraft are all outside, there are large Cold War bombers, ww2 era, Vietnam era, fighter... More 

Thank DAN M
Northern California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've lived and traveled around northern California for a number of years, but for some reason never visited (or knew about) the Castle Air Museum in Atwater. As an afterthought I decided to visit there on a trip to Yosemite. What wonderful surprise! This place is great and well worth a visit for anyone who has an interest in airplanes.

1 Thank tjanderson5
Yateley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

This is the kind of place my husband could spend the day in. Really friendly staff The planes are set out so you can get great photos of them without too much fencing in.they are set out alone a pathway and can amble between them at your own pace. You can also get up real close unlike most other museums.... More 

1 Thank Slimmingleanne
Atwater, California
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6 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Great planes including an Air Force One but the price of admission is nuts ! Way too expensive. All you can see is the outside of the planes except for on "open cockpit" day and thats all you get to see. I'd rather see inside the plane than the cockpit. Very disappointing because of the cost.

Thank crismurphy3
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

Very friendly place, i believe most guides are veterans so be generous, be prepare for a long walk, although you could rent a golf car in there, don't forget your camera, comfortable shoes and water if visiting in hot weather. very close to Merced.

1 Thank Ricardo M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

The Castle Air Museum has easily over 50 planes on display, including some that we've probably all heard of like the Tomcat or B52 Bomber. The plans are spread out along a winding paved walkway outdoors (be prepared to get some exercise). Each plane is fenced off but you can take a 360-view on the grass, no worries. And a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

My husband and I took a family friend with her 3 teens and 1 small child. My husband is very knowledgeable and he keep them interested along with all the plaques placed along the path. The kids had a great time and wanted to come again. They especially enjoyed the small plane near the indoor museum. They could get into... More 

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San Carlos, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

I have visited many air museums across the US and I have never seen so many unique aircraft in one place. Many of which I have never seen before except in pictures. Highlights for me were the Vulcan and the RB-36 Peacemaker

2 Thank GabiPJ
Royal Oaks
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

It's a large park with a paved path all the way through and around it. We followed the arrows, reading off each one of the planes' histories out loud from the brochure provided. The admission price may seem a bit much to some, but I thought it was worth it, and maybe a little more. We donated money on the... More 

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