Battleship New Jersey
62 Battleship Pl., Camden, NJ, 866/877-6262
HOURS: Fri.–Mon. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Jan.–Feb.,
daily 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Mar.–Apr.,
daily 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. May–Sept. 1,
daily 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Sept. 2–Dec. 31
COST: self-guided tour: $15 adult, $10.50 senior, veteran, and child 6–11, free child under 6 and active military;
guided tour: $17 adult, $12 senior, veteran, and child 6–11, free child under 6 and active military
Considered “America’s most decorated battleship,” the New Jersey earned 19 battle and campaign stars for outstanding service throughout World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, and the Gulf War. It was built in the Philadelphia Naval Yard and launched on December 7, 1942, and today is docked in nearby Camden and open to the public for tours, events, and overnight trips.
At 887 feet and 45,000 tons, the longest battleship ever built is the length of nearly three football fields and more than 11 stories high. On a tour, you’ll see exhibits detailing the ship’s history and you’ll be free to explore hands-on. You can climb up ladders and into the 16-inch gun turret; a 4-D flight simulator, “Seahawk,” re-creates a WWII-era dogfight over Iwo Jima.
For a $2 surcharge, you can take the expanded Firepower Tour, which highlights the ship’s weapon systems and includes areas not seen on the regular tour (offered four times daily, 10 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.).
© Karrie Gavin from Moon Philadelphia, 1st Edition