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Bath Iron Works

Bath, ME
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Ranked #8 of 15 attractions in Bath
Type: Factory Tours
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Traveler Description: Bath Iron Works is not open to the public.  From the Bath Iron Works website at www.gdbiw.com: "Visits are by appointment only. No ship or facility... more »
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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90 reviews 90 reviews
48 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

I never thought I'd enjoy this…. We went because we were in Bath and it felt silly not to check it out. We lucked out. Guidebooks said that you need to book way in advance. We got them the day before our tour through the Maine Maritime Museum. Was fascinating. The guide was someone who had worked at the BIW... More

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Grand Blanc, Mi
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I am a ship enthusiast and generally love tours, but I would advise against this one. You can no longer go "inside", so everything seen from the trolley can be seen from a half mile walk along the facility fence and Kennebec River bridge. The other component of the tour is a 30 minute video from the Iron Works marketing... More

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Suffern, New York, USA
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

This is a wonderful one hour trolley tour of a great USA production factory. They take you to every area of the factory- and you can see all the various destroyers in production. Tour guide Dennis was outstanding. Great piece of American History- dont miss it!

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Townville, South Carolina
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335 reviews 335 reviews
144 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

The tour is trolley based and lasts about an hour. The guide is a volunteer - usually a retired worker from the Bath Iron Works. It is informative and interesting. The tour usually sells out so booking in advance is recommended. No cameras or phones allowed on the tour. Not sure why as you can see nearly as much from... More

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Hastings on Hudson, NY
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

Tour is through Maine Maritime Museum. Need to sign up for tour in advance. Family enjoyed seeing this amazing shipyard in action. Went on a Friday, so the place was bustling. Great tour guide- Dennis worked there for many years and could answer any question with flair. Recommend this highly.

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

Very unique experience to see a Navy ship being built. Our tour guide was a long-term employee, but a very new guide. He was very knowledgeable but need a bit more practice in leading a tour. While we still enjoyed it, I'm sure we would have gotten even more with a more experienced guide.

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Somerville, New Jersey, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

We got to see huge ships being built from the ground up. Fabulous! Highly recommended. The trolley is air conditioned and the guide was excited about showing us around and full of information. Tell "Sully" he's the best. I think kids would be facinated. You MUST make reservations ahead of time, small groups only! You can buy tickets on line.... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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166 reviews 166 reviews
46 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

This is not my idea of fun but my husband really enjoyed it. The tour guide was less than engaging and I found myself counting beams, crates and workers. However, there is something really cool about seeing how a Navy ship is built. It is awe striking and hard to believe all that goes into putting together the puzzle, called... More

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Wakefield, New Hampshire
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75 reviews 75 reviews
34 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

This tram tour travels through-out the navy yard, which is one of the largest employers in the state of Maine. There is a lot going on in the numerous buildings and for someone not knowledgeable on all things Navy,(like me), it was a little technical and I didn't follow everything, but the guide surely knew his stuff!

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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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60 reviews 60 reviews
14 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

This tour leaves from the Maritime Museum and spends about 45 minutes going through the shipbuilding yard. Our guide, who works there, was very interesting to listen to and it was fascinating to see how they build these modern naval vessels. They always have several ships in progress, and I only wish that we could have seen one that was... More

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