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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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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 must-see for every family

Visited a few years ago with my granddaughters ages 8 and 11. I thought they would bored to death, but I was desperate for something to do together. Was I surprised! We went... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Groton, CT
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32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Visited a few years ago with my granddaughters ages 8 and 11. I thought they would bored to death, but I was desperate for something to do together. Was I surprised! We went through the self-guided tour 3 times, they simply loved it! This is definitely a must see for all ages. I was amazed to see what sub life... More 

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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We were working our way through New England and stopped here. It is quick tour that is self walked. Enjoyable and informative. The submarine is a must see and takes about 20 minutes.

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Thank phillupi
Summerville, South Carolina
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Whether a tourist or local, this is a must. Located next to Submarine Base New London, this stop is sure to bring you up to speed on US submarine history. After touring the thoughtful and well laid out museum, step outside and climb aboard the USS Nautilus, our nations first nuclear powered submarine.

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Thank Patrick M
Hartford, Vermont
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65 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great free day trip activity. My kids loved going into the nautilus and exploring the museum. 2 floors of submarine history and interactive exists to keep all ages enguaged. Highly reccomend.

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Thank Melissa T
Stonington, Connecticut
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28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum starts with cool static displays outside including a Japanese mini sub from WWII and a modern SEAL delivery vehicle. Inside is a pretty comprehensive history of military submarines. It includes a lifesize cutaway model of the world's first military sub which was launched locally in East Lyme during the Revolution. The real gem is the self guided tour... More 

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Florida USA
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It isn't often one gets to climb into a submarine--the visit inside the USS Nautilus was one such once-in-a-lifetime experience--it is docked next to the museum and open to museum goers. The museum itself details the history of the US Submarine Force (being located adjacent to the US Submarine Base in New London, CT). The signage, displays, etc, are absolutely... More 

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Orange, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was very interesting and it was free. Got to walk through a Sub. The museum was interesting The staff was friendly and helpful. It was very clean.

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Thank Timothy B
West Winfield, New York
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The price is free. It's well organized and very clean. The tour of the nautilus is a little cramped, but hey! It's a submarine. This is a great place to take your family for an afternoon trip. I would go again. The gift shop is a little pricey and doesn't have a huge selection, but I assume the high prices... More 

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Thank Charles W
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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

We stopped at the Submarine Force on a whim on our way home after visiting the Mystic Seaport. I think my boys enjoyed this stop even more than the seaport. The self led tour of the Nautilus was very interesting, the only minus was that it was a busy day when we were there, so you really had to shuffle... More 

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Thank Kara B
Lake Zurich, Illinois, Usa
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11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

Simply amazing place and a must see in Groton, it's both fun and educational for the whole family. Being able to walk around the submarine was so much fun.

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