On Thursday afternoon, I went to the National Museum of the United States Air Force, which is one of the main tourist attractions in Dayton, Ohio. It’s open daily from 9:00 to 5:00, and contains numerous exhibits dating from the first inventions of the famous Wright brothers (back in the early 1900s) to the present day.
The Air Force Museum also has hands-on educational programs and a giant screen IMAX Theatres, souvenir shop and bookstore, as well as several outdoor exhibits. Basically, at the museum you can see historic aircraft and learn about military history.
If you’re hungry or thirsty, you could head to the second floor and find Valkyrie Café, which is not your typical “café” but more of a cafeteria-style food venue. They have salads, burgers, and fries, which are all pre-made and ready to go, as well as ice cream, pop, chips, and a few other items. One thing to note is that you’re not allowed to take any food out of the cafeteria area, because food and drinks are prohibited on museum grounds.
Overall, the museum was awesome – but Valkyrie Café simply wasn’t. I got a Garden Salad, Ice Cream Cup, Naked Juice, and Bottled Soda. The most expensive item was the Naked Juice, at US$4.00, but the prices for some of their items are not marked or listed on their shelves or on the wall. (Valkyrie does have prices listed on their website, though.)
When: Thursday, December 4, 2014
What: Garden Salad, ice cream, and a couple of drinks
How Much: US$10.75 (total)
Where: Valkyrie Café, 1100 Spaatz Street, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (near Dayton), OH 45433