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
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