The Planetarium features two daily shows, Monday - Friday at 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm. Enjoy shows such as Journey to the center of the Milky Way, Fighter Pilot and Robot Explorers. A generous donation allowed the Academy to re-open the doors to the 50-foot dome after 15 years of renovations, complete with state-of-the-art reclining seats, inter-connectivity with planetariums around the world and a live feed from the largest publicly accessed telescope in Colorado, also accessible at the Academy’s Observatory.
WHAT ARE THE TOP 11 MUST-SEE ATTRACTIONS AT THE U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY?
Here are the top 11 must-sees for visitors. Click here for more details on these attractions.
- B-52 Display
- Cadet Field House/Falcon Athletic Center
- Academic Overlook
- Athletic Overlook
- Barry Goldwater Visitor Center
- Cadet Chapel - closed for renovation beginning September 4, 2019
- Chapel Overlook
- Arnold Hall
- Doolittle Hall
- Falcon Stadium
- Planetarium & STEM Center
WHAT KINDS OF HIKING AND BIKING TRAILS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE US AIR FORCE ACADEMY?
Visitors can enjoy several trails from 5 am until sundown daily. Be sure to pack sunscreen and layers of clothing as the mountain weather can change quickly. Carry water with you to stay hydrated too! Here’s a list of all the trails available to explore.
ARE THERE DINING OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR VISITORS ON BASE?
Yes, there are plenty of options for grabbing a snack or meal while you are on the base. Options include fast food and favorite chains, pub fare, and several restaurants serving lunch and dinner. Here is a list of all the dining options and their hours of operation.
WHAT KIND OF EVENTS HAPPEN AT U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY?
There are plenty of events year-round at the base. For a full schedule of events, visit the US AFA’s website. The Air Force Academy cadets compete on 27 NCAA Division 1 team, primarily within the Mountain West Conference. Get tickets to an upcoming game and cheer on the Falcons during their most popular sporting events including football, basketball, volleyball, and hockey.
WHO ATTENDS THE U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY?
The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado is among the most selective colleges in the United States. Candidates are judged based on their academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, athletics and character. To gain admission, candidates must also pass a fitness test, undergo a thorough medical examination and secure a nomination, which usually comes from one of the candidate's members of Congress. Recent incoming classes have usually consisted of about 1,400 cadets; just under 1,000 of those usually make it through to graduation. Cadets pay no tuition but are committed to serving a number of years in the military service after graduation. Graduates of the four-year program receive a Bachelor of Science degree and most are commissioned as second lieutenants.