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“Battleship Cove-Something for everyone”
Review of Battleship Cove

Battleship Cove
Ranked #2 of 27 things to do in Fall River
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

We have been going down to Battleship Cove since 1969, just after the USS Massachusetts arrived. There is a lot to take in and to do it in a few hours is stretching it a little. They don't use tour guides any more but they have an excellent handout which will get you around the ship fairly easily. Make sure you get one at the gift shop as you enter. One main attraction on the battleship is the World War II War Memorial. They also have set up a 9-11 Memorial in the same area . We usually get there around 9:30 AM,, tour the USS Joe Kennedy DD 850 which is one of the last Gearing Class tin cans left. She was the lead destroyer during the Cuban Missle Crisis and was named after the first Kennedy son killed in WWII.
She has a Korean and Vietnam War Memorial . Check out the drone helicopters (DASH) used for Anti sub warfare. You can explore the entire ship. Living quarters, engine rooms, CIC, Radio Central, mess deck, and the bridge area. A lot to see but it is a little cramped .. I know as I spent four years on a similiar ship!!!!!.
The sub is next and if you think the destroyer was cramped this is a little more so but
well worth the effort. Small children may have a hard time getting into the compartments as you need to step up and through..
About this time it is time for lunch and the battle ship has a great cafeteria with fast food and drinks. Restrooms are located here also. It is on the right side , halfway up the deck and is called the "wardroom". and is air conditioned. From there you can start the various tours
The PT Museum is excellent .
There is also an excellent reenactment of the jap planes straffing .the ships during the Pearl Harbor attack. Check out the flying horses, and the adjacent boardwalk around the
inlet.

Thank fred k
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

Personally, I didn't care for it, but my husband is a history buff, so this was his part of our "Fall River Road Trip" (mine was the Lizzie Borden House). I will say it is cool to be able to walk on & in these battleships, but after the first 1, I was kind of all set. I also have breathing issues too, so beware, there is a TON of stairs & walking and as you get into the belly of these ships, it's VERY stuffy & confined. I couldn't do the low levels.

Thank SnowySquirrel
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

I've been to several and they do a very good job here. The only down side was that they are renovating the tower on the USS Massachusetts, so you couldn't get into some of the upper parts. Unfortunate, but always encouraging to see they are making more improvements and renovations. Staff was great. With 4 ships, there is a lot to see. Most of the displays are well marked and have decent to good explanations of what you are looking at.

Thank Brian K
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

I personally enjoy historical attractions, and this is one of the best. The main attraction of Battleship Cove is the USS Massachusetts, a WWII battleship. The battleship alone is worth the visit. A substantial amount of the ship is open to explore, and there is plenty of reading material to explain the history and function of the different parts of the ship. Lots of cool stuff to see and learn about.

Other ships on display add a lot of value for the price of admission - a submarine, a destroyer, PT boats (the only ones on display in the world, I believe), and a Soviet missile cruiser.

A word of warning - Taking in everything requires a fair amount of walking up and down steep stairs. If you have mobility issues, you will not be able to see a lot. Also, the ships are not air conditioned.

Thank Matthew C
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

What a fun and interesting place to spend a day. We loved seeing and learning about the different ships at the cove. It's lots of stairs and small places to climb. It can get hot in the Uss Massachusetts. We had an awesome time.

Thank cwlady41
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