Hidden Gems in Racine Wisconsin: EAA Chapter 838 Aviation Museum

Racine, Wisconsin is so much more than meets the eye. Even if you grew up here, like myself, there’s always more to be discovered in this beautiful Wisconsin city! I’d like to introduce a new series about the hidden gems in Racine, Wisconsin and other off the beaten path places! I feel it’s all too easy to find the “Top 10” things to do in a city, plus, those posts get a little tedious, amirite? This hidden gem is perfect for those visiting on a weekend trip in the summer and for locals looking to do something a little different.. without having to go far! The first Racine hidden gem is the  EAA Chapter 838 Aviation Museum at the Batten Airport.

Their museum is open on the second Saturday of the month during 8:30 AM – 12 PM from May through October. It has interesting pieces of history, and it’s fully worth scheduling a reminder on your phone to go visit! It was really cool learning a bit of the Batten Airport history and these older planes.

Learn to fly a plane at the Batten Airport in Racine Wisconsin, or visit the EAA Chapter 838 Aviation Museum in Racine Wisconsin

Learn to fly a plane at the Batten Airport in Racine Wisconsin, or visit the EAA Chapter 838 Aviation Museum in Racine Wisconsin

The people there are really friendly, and you can just FEEL the passion seeping out of the members as they talk about the history of each of these planes.

Learn to fly a plane at the Batten Airport in Racine Wisconsin, or visit the EAA Chapter 838 Aviation Museum in Racine Wisconsin

What was really cool… is that they let me hop inside one of the planes! (Though admittedly.. I did struggle to get out..) I had a mini flash lesson on how to drive the plane (no, the plane was not on. But it is fully functional!) I was taught to steer, and it was really cool to see the movements of the plane as I flipped all the different levers and pedals.

Learn to fly a plane at the Batten Airport in Racine Wisconsin, or visit the EAA Chapter 838 Aviation Museum in Racine Wisconsin

Did I mention that you can actually learn to FLY a plane here at Batten Airport? They have classes for both adults and kids. So if learning to fly a plane was on your bucket list, you really don’t have to go far!

The EAA Chapter 838 Aviation Museum is located at 3333 N. Green Bay Dr. It’s just north of the Batten Airport building.

Learn to fly a plane at the Batten Airport in Racine Wisconsin (USA), or visit the EAA Chapter 838 Aviation Museum in Racine Wisconsin  Learn to fly a plane at the Batten Airport in Racine Wisconsin (USA), or visit the EAA Chapter 838 Aviation Museum in Racine Wisconsin

One Comment

  1. This seems so much fun and you obviously had a wonderful experience. This is the first time I’ve heard about Racine and I’ll have to visit it one day. It obviously has so much to offer for everyone!

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