Die-hard aviation and aircraft enthusiasts will love this museum and event venue which features a sampling of the largest privately owned vintage aircraft collection in the world.
Fantasy of Flight was founded by Kermit Weeks and originally opened as an aviation-themed Central Florida attraction in 1995. As the owner of the largest collection of privately owned vintage aircraft in the world, Weeks saw the attraction as an opportunity to share his love of aviation by opening his aircraft collection up to the public.
Fantasy of Flight Collection Museum
“We want to allow the aircraft-loving public the opportunity to reconnect while we continue to create and design the next iteration (Act III) of the Fantasy of Flight attraction.”
Today, a scaled down version of the Central Florida attraction is offered in the form of the Fantasy of Flight Collection Museum.
Fantasy of Flight does have a tour guide on duty, so anyone who are interested in learning more about the history of the planes can do so. What sets the Fantasy of Flight Collection apart from other collections aviation enthusiasts may encounter is that Kermit Weeks does not collect anything he doesn’t intend to fly. Most of the aircraft you encounter in the museum have been carefully restored to airworthiness.
Fantasy of Flight Gift Shop
Be sure to buy an aviation themed Central Florida vacation souvenir at the gift shop. Here you'll find books authored by Weeks, toys and other aviation related items.
Seasonal Hours of Operation
The scaled down museum operates seasonally from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday from November to mid-April. Operating hours and dates are subject to change, so please call to verify before visiting.
SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In and Expo
If you are a hardcore aviation enthusiast, it’s likely that you’ve already heard of the SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In and Expo – it’s only the world’s second largest fly-in.SUN ‘n FUN is the second largest fly-in in the United States, and attracts pilots and aviation enthusiasts from around the world, turning Lakeland Linder Regional Airport into the busiest airport in North America during the week of the fly-in. SUN ‘n FUN organizers anticipate 200,000 visitors from across the United States and more than 80 countries around the globe at the event.
Whether you are an aviation enthusiast or just a curious soul, you have to visit SUN ‘n FUN at least once in your life.