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An April Central Florida Vacation Is Your Ticket To THE Event Of The Year: The SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In!
If you’re ready to escape the cold, a Central Florida vacation in April could be just what you need. What’s the “can’t miss event of year?” It’s Polk County’s 41st annual SUN ’n FUN International Fly-In & Expo, presented by Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, April 21-26.
The 6-day aviation thrill-fest draws more than 200,000 visitors from around the world and features daily afternoon air shows including performances by some of the world’s top aerobatic pilots and jet demonstration teams. Just a few of the highlights of this year’s event include:
- April 21st at 3 p.m. – the Breitling Jet Team will open the SUN ‘n FUN airshow and will continue to perform throughout the week.
- April 25 – 26th – the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will perform, giving their audience an up-close look at the awesome skills and capabilities that fighter pilots must possess while demonstrating some of the capabilities of the F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jets.
- April 25th between 6:30 and 8 a.m. – Balloon Launch followed by the traditional Saturday morning Hot Air Balloon Race
- April 25 – 26th – The Vintage Car and Motorcycle Show that debuted in 2014 will return this year. Show vehicles must be 1974 or older to enter, and pre-registration is required on SUN ‘n FUN’s website.
Daily schedules are subject to change. Please visit sun-n-fun.org, or call 863-644-2431, for more information on ticketing options and specials, parking, activities and daily schedules.
Tuskegee Airmen RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit
The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron will once again be a highlight in 2015. Their mission is to share the inspiring legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen – America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel. Their success in triumphing over adversity during WWII still inspires people of all ages. The RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit illustrates what the Tuskegee Airmen accomplished during World War II and beyond.
Take A Break In The Action To Take In Some Aviation History
Aviation enthusiasts were disappointed when Fantasy of Flight closed back in April of 2014, but 2015 has given them reason to rejoice. A leaner, scaled-down version returned early this year as an aviation museum, heavily featuring vintage WWII aircraft. Additionally, Fantasy of Flight Find will be the location for the 2015 Mustangs and Mustangs on Saturday, April 11th. Get more information on the museum and the new Friday-Sunday seasonal schedule here.
Visitors can also take a trip through time and see aircraft and artifacts that span the entire history of flight at the Florida Air Museum (located on the SUN ‘n FUN campus). The museum includes the Howard Hughes Aviation Collection, which houses rare artifacts that can’t be seen elsewhere.
Make The Most Of Your Central Florida Vacation At The Event’s Visitors Information Center
While at SUN ‘n FUN, attendees can get information about local area amenities (shopping, dining, attractions, accommodations and more) at the Visitors Information Center and Internet Café, hosted by Visit Central Florida and the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce. For concierge service in booking lodging, restaurant reservations and more, just look for the bright blue and yellow building near Hangar “A”. The Visitors Center will also be selling discounted tickets to LEGOLAND Florida Resort, a fun, family-friendly Central Florida attraction for visitors of all ages.
Central Florida’s Polk County offers many unique opportunities to experience high-flying adventure any time of year. Sky diving, hang gliding, biplane rides and hot air balloon trips are all options; as is a relatively new and thrilling experience called flyboarding. Don’t wait – start planning your aviation adventure now!