Spend Your DFW Layover at the American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum
If you’ve got some time to kill before your flight out of Dallas-Ft. Worth there’s no need to visit the airport bar—although that isn’t necessarily the worst idea. Instead keep the rental car for a few extra minutes, and take a visit to the American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum right on the outskirts of the airport complex in Fort Worth, Texas.
In a nutshell, the aviation museum shows off the history of American Airlines, and there’s plenty of interactive exhibits that keep you from dozing off during your visit. The museum’s Flightlab reveals how exactly airplanes stay up in the air, along with explaining all other kinds of stuff related to aerodynamics and flying machines. There’s even a Flight Simulator where you can test your skills in the cockpit, but just be sure to call ahead—(817) 967-5904—to ensure it’s open during your visit.
Expect plenty of historical airline artifacts, photos from the archives, and full-scale airline engines. You’ll even have the opportunity to take a seat for a bit, and sit back and relax as you enjoy the high-definition Spirit of American movie. They’ve even crammed an entire Douglas DC-3 into the museum, so that alone is probably worth the price of admission.
Speaking of admission, it’s just $4 for adults, and if you’re still trying to pass for a college coed you can get in for $2 with your expired school ID. The place is open Tuesday through Saturday between 10am and 5pm, but the gift shop closes a half hour early—so plan accordingly.