Battleship Cove, Fall River

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Marvel at the world's largest collection of World War II naval vessels at Battleship Cove, home to an array of submarines and ships of different classes. Visit the museum and admire its collection of fighting craft floating in the harbor. Wander its indoor exhibits to learn more about the engagements the ships and their crew participated in, their experiences, and their postwar histories. Don't miss the museum's crowning glory, the USS Massachusetts, a South Dakota-class battleship that fought battles across the world during World War II--one of the few survivors of its kind. You can even climb aboard to see the vessel up-close for yourself. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Fall River holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Battleship Cove and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Went with our cub scout pack for an overnight. Found it to be a great experience. Although not everything went the way that was planned I still found it to be very informative. It was interesting to s...  more »
  • Worth the visit. Important go with time, clothes and comfortable shoes to enjoy the ride, because you walk into places, ships and submarines where each corner have war and maritime objects telling the story of each vessel and its crew. Not recommend for anyone who has trouble getting around because it has narrow places and always with a lot of stairs. For anyone who has a phobia with tight spaces, closed also do not recommend because some parts of the ship and submarine are a little claustrophobic. Taking these observations well worth the visit.
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  • I have been here again and again and again; yet there is always something new to see each time. Make sure that wear protective footwear, and are prepared to climb through hatches and down ladder wells...  more »
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  • My dad and I have gone here many times, and it just never gets old. The fact that you get to explore almost every part of the ship is amazing. I will admit, the East-German boat does look like it will need some work done, but other than that, everything here is great. the $25 it costs to get in is certainly worth it.
  • This is a self guided tour with audio buttons throughout the ship that recall various personal accounts of events and day to day life those aboard experienced, recorded by the shipmates themselves. You could explore nearly every part of the ship. I might not bring small toddlers to experience, but it is safe enough for children to enjoy with your supervision. Plexiglass encased the less safe areas. Gift shop had an information room with a looped video talking about the history of the ship and why it was significant, I recommend watching before exploring, the ship will feel much more impressive to you (not that us nerdy adults didn't thoroughly enjoy climbing aboard.) I found the artifacts and photos in the information room fascinating. The gift shop had decent gifts, not cheap plastic tourist shop junk. The older gentlemen running the center were super pleasant and friendly. I would definitely return with my kids another time, and there's tons of stuff to do locally after.
  • I walk this during spring all the way through Autumn. You have an amazing view of the Braga Bridge hovering over the Battleship Cove.
  • Great place to get a feel for and understand military ships. This is the best tour of this type I have been on - and I have toured many.
  • I've been there 7 times with my father, it's what started my love for WW2 naval history. The collection of ships is huge, you could easily spend an entire day and still not explore everything. The sleepover program is great, in fact if you were considering going I would recommend sleeping over to get a larger experience. There's a few rooms inside the Massachusetts that are full of hundreds of model planes, ships, tanks, and more. The Pearl Harbor Experience is also really cool. What makes Battleship Cove especially special is that there are 2 PT boats on land, which are the only 2 left in the world. The ships are also relatively upkept compared to some others I've seen, there isn't a lot of rust or other potential safety hazards. Overall, a great experience for a 4-year old kid (like I was when I first went) or even a 95-year old WW2 vet :) (Note: If you live more than an hour's drive away, you'll either A) Need to get a motel/hotel and stay extra, B) leave super early in the morning to get there when it opens. I say this because it is not worth it to go because if you get there at say, noon, you won't have much time to experience it.)

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