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.
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.
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.
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.