Port Adelaide is an iconic area in Adelaide, a place rich in history. Port River dolphins, stately old buildings, three major museums, and the Wild at Hart markets are just some of the key Port Adelaide attractions that people visit to see.
But on the October long weekend there will be much more. The Festival of Vintage Boats, Trains & Planes is coming and it will be a cracker of a weekend with heaps of fun things to do at Port Adelaide. After last year's Port Festival, the locals have shown they know how to do a great party at the Port.
Fun Things to Do & Activities for Kids at the Port Festival
The first good news is that there's free admission to all three museums in Port Adelaide during the festival. That's just the start though. Board a classic Red Hen train in Adelaide station for a special run direct to the National Railway Museum which celebrated its 50th birthday last year. Spend some time browsing there, and don't forget to see the brilliantly quirky Archers Arcadia penny arcade exhibition.
Take the (nearly) century old Peronne steam locomotive from the National Railway Museum to the SA Aviation Museum and its prized F111 fighter jet. You won't be able to fly the F111, but you can take helicopter rides or get high in a hot air balloon. Listen to vintage aircraft running, or watch volunteers demonstrate the art of covering aircraft with fabric.
Grab a snack to eat at the SA Aviation Museum and enjoy the activities for kids and fun things to do. Take a few aircraft tours before heading off on a free double decker bus which links these Port Adelaide attractions. On Lipson street there will be a massive street party with free family entertainment, roving performers and an atmosphere reminiscent of when the Tall Ships were in Adelaide. With a carnival atmosphere like this the free Festival of Vintage Boats, Trains & Planes will be hugely popular.
Of course the Maritime Museum doesn't plan to be outdone by the SA Aviation Museum and the National Railway Museum. Watch free demonstrations by sailmakers, shipwrights, and blacksmiths, tour the Rough Medicine exhibition and learn about times that were really tough.
They will also be bringing out some special treasures to display - power boats, James Hardy's championship skiffs, and a naval whaler.
Don't spend all your time indoors though as both the One & All and Falie will be open to visitors for the price of a gold coin. You can even sail a Port River cruise on the steam tug Yelta, another of the popular Port Adelaide attractions along the wharves. There will only be one cruise each day at 1pm, so don't forget to book as reservations are essential
The Festival of Vintage Boats, Trains & Planes promises to be one of the best festivals in Adelaide for some time. Where else can you get on a tall ship, fly in a balloon, and ride an old Red Hen or steam train in the one place? You can't beat it for fun things to do in Adelaide.