It gives you a whole new appreciation for what the naval officers have done and seen. They have a touching memorial in the USS Massachusetts with the names of those who served along with a video of their experiences in World War II. There is also an outdoor movie called the Pearl Harbor Experience during which aqua-technics give you a sense for what it may have been like being on the ships during an attack.
Adjacent to the site is the The Fall River Carousel, of which I have vague memories of my visit with my grandparents during my childhood.
- Go on a not-so-hot day. It gets stuffy and you will get sweaty walking and climbing through all of the vessels.
- Not recommended for claustrophobes. Tight spaces, especially in the sub.
- After having my stomach in a knot for most of the visit, fearing one of my not-so-graceful children would trip and fall under the wide-gap netting plummeting them into the water 50+ feet below, I would recommend at least 6 years and up, if not 7. The other reason for considering older children is that is ends up being A LOT of climbing up and down ladders and steep steps, approximately 2 1/2 hours to tour the 4 vessels. Also, it is not stroller, wheelchair or walker friendly. Its also recommended not to use baby backpacks for risks of head bopping into metal.
- There is a concession stand, but we always pack a lunch and plenty of drinks.
- There is a penny squisher! Bring 4 quarters and a penny for the souvenir.
- Adults were $15 per person, 6-12 are $9, and under 6 is free. Click here for a $1 off coupon. Bring your AAA card for a $2 discount.