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The Submarine Force Museum

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Address: 1 Crystal Lake Road, Groton, CT 06349
Phone Number: 800-343-0079
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Wed - Mon 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: The home of the world's first nuclear submarine has several other exhibits...
The home of the world's first nuclear submarine has several other exhibits on the history of submarines.
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A wonderful free attraction!

We absolutely loved the trip here! There was something for everyone. Going through a real sub was very exciting. It IS cramped, so it is important to keep that in mind, but we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

We absolutely loved the trip here! There was something for everyone. Going through a real sub was very exciting. It IS cramped, so it is important to keep that in mind, but we are NOT small people, and we managed! LOL. They give you headsets for a self guided tour and it takes less than an hour. But there is... More 

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Denton, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

the submarine force museum was very enjoyable for me. I have a brother who was in the submarine service for years, as well as a granpa who served in WW2 in the subs. It was cool to see all the displays covering the history of the subs, really nice touring the Nautilus. If you are in the area, I would... More 

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Centereach, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW via mobile

Not really meant for small children, but we brought our 2 yr old anyway. You can walk around a submarine which was by far the best part. You can probably finish the whole museum (inside and out)in 1 hr, maybe 1.5. Oh yeah, and 100% free. Inside the museum has missiles and other historic things to look at.

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Jewett City, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

I read about this place on the Internet. Wasn't sure how good it would be since it was free admission. I decided to see what it was all about. I wasn't disappointed. It is kind of small but it has a lot of great history. Also you get a tour of the USS Nautilus. They give you an audio device... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Smallish museum, should take about an hour and a half of your time, but well worth every second. The indoor part of the museum, I myself found fascinating, about the history of US submarines, my kids not so much. But, as soon as we went outside, their eyes lit up when they saw the USS Nautilus permanently docked outside. "We... More 

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Vermont, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We enjoyed touring the Nautilus and the staff and volunteers at the museum were knowledgable and personable!

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Salmiyah, Kuwait
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

After impressed with intrepid, we discussed with our friends about the information that we gathered at Intrepid. Based on my friends recommendation we visited the Groton submarine. This gave good insight into the life inside the submarine, the living, the working, daily food and so on…. It’s a hard life of 3 to 4 months for the marine under a... More 

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I visit the museum. We really enjoyed it. The staff is super friendly, we talked with a retired sub captain. The crew is actual navy sailors. I highly recommend.

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medway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

On a recent stay in Mystic we had decided to visit the Sub museum in Groton instead of the usual tourist spots in the area. If you like history its a great place to visit. Great for couples and bringing kids for little or no money. The museum itself is free to public and that includes a self guided tour... More 

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Waterford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This place is a gem. And it's free! I took a guest who was visiting from the mid west to see this one of a kind museum. As we were finishing our walk through the Nautilus, an announcement was made that a ship was going out to sea. So we could stand on the deck of the Nautilus and watch... More 

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