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The Submarine Force Museum

1 Crystal Lake Road, Groton, CT 06349
800-343-0079
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Ranked #1 of 16 attractions in Groton
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Specialty Museums
Description: The home of the world's first nuclear submarine has several other exhibits on the history of submarines.
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Groton, Connecticut
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The Submarine museum is a very good place to bring your children, young and older. There is a lot of history behind the building of the Nautilus up to the launching and the first sea trials. It's a good learning experience for the young and old.

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Lynn, Massachusetts, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This is a nice museum with a lot of information about the submarines and how they are built. The only disappointing thing was that the submarine they have on display was closed for repairs.

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London, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
12 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

The Museum and the Nautilus are without charge and there is a free car-park adjacent. I did not have much time to look around the museum, which provides a detailed overview of the role of submarines in the US Navy, but did want to see the Nautilus. The Nautilus is still afloat and you board by descending a staircase built... More

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Hartford, Connecticut
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Alot of Cool stuff Outside and Inside the Building. Clean Safe area by the Water front. Just wished they had better water access/Views besides a 6 foot Black Chain Fence. The Thames is a very nice River to look out upon.

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Bronx NYC
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66 reviews 66 reviews
13 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

I've been on three WW2 type diesel submarines and found them to be a better experience. The Nautilus was the first nuclear powered submarine in the U.S. Navy. The tour as with the others is self guided utilizing a hand held head set. Unlike the others I don't think that you get to walk through the whole boat. The walk... More

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Dallas
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101 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

I have visited other Navy and Air Force installations/museums/exhibits throughout the country and this one lacks a bit. Many exhibits, but I did not see a consistent history display (time line). Access to Nautilus is limited to a few stations. No battle room or engine compartment access. But, a couple of interesting hours nonetheless.

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New York, NY
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

Really enjoyed our visit and learned so much - very friendly guides provided some good tips on what to see, and the exhibits were quite extensive. Also watched the movie which provided a tremendous amount of information on the history of submarines in the US Navy. Of course the Nautilus is a big draw but the actual museum itself is... More

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Gales Ferry, CT
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

a wonderful museum, with submarines on display including the Nautilus, the first nuclear submarine. Not in Gales Ferrym but Groton.

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

Great time for boys of all ages!! My son could have stayed all day! He was disappointed that the sub ship was not open, as was I, but he still had a blast. Call before or check online to make sure the submarine is open.

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Thompson, CT
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

"Sherman, set the Wayback Machine to 1975." This trip was pure nostalgia for me, a sub vet. The displays are fantastic. The Nautilus is perfectly perserved. You really get a feel for life on a submersible boat, Coolaid (bug juice) machine and all. Take your time and absorb it all.

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