When you visit Fantasy of Flight in Polk County, you'll see a wide variety of fully-restored vintage aircraft. If you take the tours, you'll also see the maintenance area and the restoration ship, with planes in various stages of being renovated or rebuilt.
Unfortunately, there's limited space, so not all the planes are on display. Many sit in storage hangars across the street, awaiting their turn at being restored to their original luster. If you'd like to see them, hop about the trolley and head over to Golden Hill. There, you can walk freely through the hangars on a self-guided tour as you marvel at the planes-in-waiting.
Some of the aircraft at Golden Hill were survivors of Hurricane Andrew, albeit with damage. Fantasy of Flight owner Kermit Weeks had them in Miami at the time of the hurricane. It wreaked havoc on his collection, which was moved farther inland, to the Polk County spread.
Click the slideshow at the top of this article for a quick glimpse into the hangars. You can get as close as you wish to the planes, and even touch a piece of history.
The trolley ride and self-guided hangar tour is included with your admission, as are maintenance and restoration tours. Leave plenty of time for the guided experiences and for personal exploration. One exhibit, "They Dared to Fly," honors the Tuskegee airmen, who broke racial barriers in World War Two. Three of them visited Fantasy of Flight for the Legends & Legacies. If you missed that article and slideshow, go back to it now.