This self-guided tour is perfect for the American Military enthusiast. The site has the largest collection of WWII ships that include a Battleship (the USS Massachusetts), Destroyers (such as the USS Joseph P. Kennedy) and Submarines (the Lionfish as well as an authentic German U-boat). Each of these boats are completely open to the public for self-guided touring, so be prepared to do some exploring! There are several steep, narrow staircases/entries aboard the ships, however, so be careful with children and the elderly. There is a cafe on the dock as well as on the Massachusetts, but both of these places only accept cash. This is a great place to visit if you are ever in the area - I thoroughly enjoyed my family's visit.
Today Battleship Cove holds six U.S. Navy warships from the World War II era, including a submarine. The USS Massachusetts is the biggest, by far, and probably the most interesting to the kids, who will avail themselves of the opportunity to clamber throughout the ship’s nine decks (you don’t have to take a tour in order to explore the ship).
The Massachusetts was moved here in 1965 to stand as a permanent memorial to the more than 18,000 Massachusetts men and women who gave their lives in service during World War II, Vietnam, Korea, Desert Storm, and September 11. Be sure to pick up a brochure when you arrive; it’s easy to get lost.
Try out the hammocks that served as the sailors’ bunks, climb the turrets, and admire the enormous main deck. Next, check out the Soviet-built missile Corvette built in 1984 and acquired by Battleship Cove in 1997. Other National Historic Landmark designees at Battleship Cove are the destroyer Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., the submarine Lionfish, and PT boats 617 and 796.
There is a growing aircraft collection, such as the Cobra Attack Helicopter, the Huey Helicopter, and the T28 trainer plane. A marvelous history lesson is an overnight encampment program offered to organized youth and school groups ($40 per person) called Nautical Nights. The participants speak to former crew members, get to tour all the ships, have a knot-tying lesson and a Morse code lesson, eat sailor’s grub, and sleep in the sailors’ bunks throughout the ships.
Since Battleship Cove preserves the world’s largest collection of historical naval ships, the experience is educational besides being fun! Birthday party packages are available as well—how cool is that?