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“Best Tour Ever”

Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour
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Morning Tour of Boeing Factory from Seattle
Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Mukilteo
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Located approximately 25 miles north of Seattle, The Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour is the only public tour of a commercial jet assembly plant in North America. Explore the interactive exhibits and displays in our 28,000-square-foot Aviation Center Gallery; then take a 90-minute tour of the Boeing plant where you can watch 747s, 777s, or 787 Dreamliners being assembled right before your eyes. There is a minimum height requirement of 4 feet (122 cm) for children participating in the Boeing Tour. To avoid disappointment please make sure to check height before purchasing tickets. This restriction is strictly enforced. ADA accessible tours are offered twice daily. Call in advance to ensure proper accommodations. In the Future of Flight Aviation Center Gallery, the Family Zone is home to a number of different activities, all designed around a theme of aircraft manufacturing and assembly. Activity carts let visitors build a simple aircraft model, or use our Lego (and Lego-compatible) pieces to express new ideas about aircraft design. A kid-sized airport and aircraft allow future pilots of all ages to practice their take-offs and landings. Currently, the Family Zone is also home to a highly engaging, hands-on nanotechnology exhibit, and our new Bernoulli Table, an exciting interactive experience that teaches the relationship between the velocity of air and the pressure it exerts. Coloring and reading activities are also available, and drop-ins are welcome. Admission is free for ticket holders and for Future of Flight Foundation Members.
Albany, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Best Tour Ever”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014

I went on the Boeing factory tour back around 1970 and it has remained in my memory every since. This time the tour is waaaay better, waaaaaaay bigger, and I know this will be on my mind forever.

The Future of Flight exhibit is perfect for anybody with even the most remote interest in flight. Adults will love checking out the gigantic engines, the kids will get a big kick from sitting in the cockpit of a 727. Everyone will love the first class seating display and the models. We were luck enough to enough discussing Boeing and airplanes with a retired engineer who was "working the floor." Great!

The tour itself is really something else. Superlatives are not enough. The trip is through the largest building in the world (by volume) and it is breathtaking. The airplanes are big, the building the bigger, the combination is amazing. Rather than go into details that you can read elsewhere, let me just assure you that this is an experience of the first magnitude.

Our guide, Susanne, answered all our questions. She has to be the most enthusiastic Boeing employee ever, and made sure that knew what was going on down below. You see, the views are from mezzanines high above the action. Those "ants" down there, those are the folks assembling the airplanes!

You need to be aware of a couple of things. First, no cameras, cell phones, bags, purses, etc. This is a real working factory, so even though we are in "safe zones" the whole time it is best to stick close to your guide and pay close attention to your surroundings. Small children are not allowed, there's a minimum height requirement. It really is for safety and not a joke.

Lastly, reserve your tickets online. This is among the most popular factory tours in the world, and there is no guarantee that you will be able to get tickets as a walk-up.

Visited May 2014
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SeattleSandy, Public Relations Manager at Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour, responded to this review, 5 June 2014
Thanks so much for visiting us! It is wonderful that you made it back for a repeat visit and found the experience to be worthwhile. With the addition of the Future of Flight Gallery, it allows for hands-on experiences in addition to the factory tour.
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“Disappointing and expensive”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014 via mobile

First the price seemed excessive considering how many millions of dollars Boeing makes and many other factory tours are free. Plus $8 for a few minutes in a flight simulator!

We had a difficult time hearing in many areas of the factory. The tour guide should use a bull horn or a microphone at all times (sometimes they used no microphone, like in the underground tunnels). One guide had a heavy Russian accent and we couldn't understand her at all which ruined parts of the tour.

As others have said, the museum was weak. The actual facility was interesting but the tour was lame and I wouldn't recommend anyone waste their time or money.

Visited June 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Very interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014 via mobile

Very interesting tour, but a bit rushed. I would have liked to have spent more time looking at the factory and how the planes are assembled.
Good value for money.

Visited June 2014
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“Huge place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014 via mobile

We were killing time post cruise before a red eye. It was worth a stop and while we had prepurchased tickets for 11 am we were there early and were put on 10 am tour. The place is huge and secure...no cameras, cell phones, purses etc. but my kids 16 and 10 were bored after a while...some standing. As my husband said, he was hoping for a more in depth and up close experience.

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014

What an amazing place! The first clue as to the massiveness of everything is the photo on the side of the building!!! Everything was so organized & timed just right. The tour starts with a short movie, you're divided into 2 groups & file out to go on board 2 huge tour buses. We got off & on the bus a few times. There is a lot of walking but people with mobility problems were looked after. Very informative & educational - great place to take the whole family!

Visited July 2013
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