Mar 032014

Over February vacation,  we had a warm day, so I decided to take the boys to Battleship Cove in Fall River, MA.  Battleship Cove is a is a nonprofit maritime museum and war memorial that houses a collection of military vessels of local, national and international importance.



My oldest actually slept over on the USS Massachusetts with his Cub Scouts pack a couple of years ago, my my little man has never been to Battleship Cove, so I wanted him to have a chance to explore the massive battleships, too.


As soon as we walked in, there were several helicopters displayed:



In a building adjacent to the battleships, were were several PT Boats on display & we went in there before we boarded the battleships.

As designed, the PT boat’s primary mission was for advanced base operations in foreign countries, and to defend coastal waters from capital ships, but additional missions were assumed throughout the course of World War II.



Inside the building PT Boats were, there was also a collection of photos, insignia, personal articles, and other memorabilia.

Then it was time to see the first battleship – The USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr:



From the early 1960s until her decommissioning in 1973, Kennedy again performed innumerable duties, including her role as a recovery vessel during the Gemini space program.

This is the largest ship in the Battleship Cove fleet – the USS Massachusetts:


Battleship Massachusetts went into action on November 8, 1942 as part of Operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa. While cruising off the city of Casablanca, Morocco, the Battleship engaged in a gun duel with the unfinished French battleship Jean Bart, moored at a Casablanca pier. In this battle,Massachusetts fired the first American 16″ projectile in anger of World War II. Five hits from Big Mamie silenced the enemy battleship, and other 16″ shells from Battleship Massachusetts helped sink two destroyers, two merchant ships, a floating dry-dock, and heavily damaged buildings and docks in Casablanca. The ship’s battle flag, holed by a shell from the Jean Bart, is on display in the Battleship.

Here is the USS Lionfish, a Second World War-era attack submarine:


A Balao-class submarine, USS Lionfish was laid down on 15 December 1942, launched on 7 November 1943, and commissioned on 1 November 1944. Her first captain was Lt. Cdr. Edward D. Spruance, son of the famous World War II admiral, Raymond Spruance.

This T-28 Trojan trainer plane is also on display at Battleship Cove.  This aircraft served as a US trainer, and also served in the VNAF South Vietnam Air Force, reflecting immigrants in the Commonwealth who had served in the Vietnamese armed forces.



The boys and I spend all day at Battleship Cove and I think we could have stayed longer had we had the opportunity to that day.

I took an absurd amount of pictures when we were there, so instead of putting 50 photos all into one post, I am going to be doing three more posts about our time on board the USS Massachusetts, the USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. and the USS Lionfish.

Battleship Cove is located at 5 Water Street in Fall River, MA and here’s how much it will cost ya if you want to go:

Adults – $17.00
Seniors & AAA – $15.00
Children aged 6-12 – $10.50
Children under 6 FREE
Active military with ID – $8.50
US Military Veterans with ID – $15.00 Military in uniform FREE

There is so much to see at Battleship Cove, so I would plan on spending a good couple of hours, if not the whole day there.

  107 Responses to “Battleship Cove”

  1. Sounds like a lot to see and do there with a great history lesson that the kids enjoyed

  2. Woow…totally awesome.. my boys would have loved this place if we had one here 🙂

  3. Great photos! My boys would love this place. I can see how you spent a lot of time there – so much to see. I love the face painting on the helicopter and the ship. Very cool. Looked chilly out that day too. (What else is new right?) 🙂

  4. I remember going there with on of my kids on a school field trip. It was fascinating to see the insides of those ships! They were definitely tight quarters on there.

  5. Awesome photos and glad you had a warm enough day recently to get to take the boys here and enjoy the sites 🙂

  6. I think my little guy would really enjoy visiting! We have the USS North Carolina battleship at the coast. It’s been a few years since we visited. We need to head back when we go to the beach this year.

  7. Boys love that kind of stuff!

  8. What a cool idea! Rick and Cole would be so into this!

  9. Wow, that looks like a wonderful place to visit and interesting for litlte ones!

  10. That looks like a super cool place to visit! I love the ones that have faces painted on them. I bet your boys loved it.

  11. All I can say is wow. Those are no joke. I’d be in total awe, I’m sure of it.

  12. This would be something right up my guys alley.. I am thinking when we get rich we need to come up there lol at least for a visit and hire you as a tour guide lol

  13. Love all those photos! Bet my brother would love to go there!

  14. That’s really cool. I am always amazed at the painting they do to some of the planes and boats. It makes them stand out for sure. I bet your boys had a blast!

  15. Those ships are massive! How amazing to get to see them in person! I bet the boys were awed on the tour. I can’t wait to see more!

  16. Whoah! Those are some faces they drew on the ships and helicopters. I love them! Looks like you guys really enjoyed yourselves. 🙂

  17. I love Battleship Cove! When my in-laws visit this summer, we’ll be taking them there! It looks like y’all had a great time.

  18. Great photos, that would be so cool to visit! Maybe once it gets a little warmer!

  19. My whole family would love this place!

  20. Wow! Great place and wonderful place to make lasting memories that can help those little guys learn about service and dedication and heroes. You are one smart momma!

  21. Wow! That looks like a really cool place to visit. I bet it was pretty educational for your boys too. Have a terrific day!

  22. Too cool. Being an ex YN3 in the Navy makes me really want to visit.

  23. cute kids. my husband is in the navy so we always have my kids out doing these kinds of things. my hubby may be working with the blue angels soon.

  24. This looks like a great place to take my boys and my hubs too! I bet they would really enjoy looking at all of those cool planes and boats, especially their neat designs.

  25. I think it is so important for kids to have historical references and this museum has some amazing visual aids.

  26. Looks and sounds like a blast! I really need to take the time and tour some of our historic things in our town.

  27. My boys would love to go there. Back home we had one ship that was located behind an aquarium. I always wanted to go back on it, my first trip I was 8 months pregnant in August – lets just say it was a short trip as it was way to hot for me. I would love to go see the planes and helicopters.

  28. I love reading about all of the fun adventures you and your family experience! You are always up to something fun. This looks like a visit my step dad would really enjoy. He loves anything involving historic battleships.

  29. I love places like this one! They are educational and fun all at the same time.

  30. I love that they offer a military discount and free admission for those in uniform. Really cool. This looks like an amazing place to visit!

  31. That looks like a really cool place! My husband would love it! Sounds awesome that your son got to sleep over there before! 🙂

  32. Looks like a really cool place! I love that the have overnights for scouts there! When my girls were in Girl Scouts, we spent the night at several cool museums….makes for a very unique adventure.

  33. My hubby would absolutely love to explore a place like this! Looks like fun for the whole family 🙂

  34. That is awesome that your son stayed overnight in the battleship – that would be so much fun!

  35. You all are always going somewhere awesome. my son would love to go look at the battleships!

  36. Wow!! Nice Museum. I will keep this name in my mind “Battleship Cove”
    Your kids are too cute 🙂 I am sure they loved this place, Beautiful Pictures.

  37. i’m sure your boys had a great time there. Looks like the stuff boys are made of

  38. My son and husband would love to visit a place like this. I may have to plan a trip during our summer vacation!

  39. This looks so fascinating. We visited one in Alabama and I loved it!

  40. This looks awesome!! I have a 3 and a 5 year old. They would LOVE this place. We play Battleship at home all the time.

  41. Wow, my son would love to visit there. Not only educational but also FUN, FUN for boys especially.

  42. That looks awesome!! My husband would probably love this place.

  43. That is a great idea. I am sure the kids really loved it.

  44. You get to do all kinds of cool things with your kids. I bet they loved it all.

  45. That looks like so much fun!!!! Well minus the snow. I am done seeing white. Haha.

  46. That battleship cove looks like the perfect destination for our family! We have a lot of Military heritage and the husband is former military too. We love visiting places like this.

  47. Battleship Cove looks like a really cool place to visit. I love all kinds of museums.

  48. I am pretty sure my 8 year old son would love to go there. He thinks ships are so cool. thanks for sharing.

  49. My husband and son would love to visit there, they are absolute history junkies. How cool is it that your son got to stay over on the USS Massachusetts?

  50. My son and grandson would love this place. What a fun place!

  51. My family needs a vacation to Boston. I had no idea about this place, but my husband would love it!

  52. This looks SO awesome. We love these sorts of things. We’ve been to the USS Midway in San Diego and to the Pearl Harbor memorial and the USS Missouri in Hawaii, and all were very neat and humbling. Gives me a new appreciation for our men and women serving, and those who have served.

  53. we have a Naval port here in FL been meaning to get my son there. This looked like a great day spent exploring.

  54. Wow what an amazing looking and sounding place. I could imagine spending hours there. x

  55. What a great trip this must have been. My son would be so into this field trip

  56. I imagine the boys would love a place like this! It looks super neat and a great afternoon out.

  57. It made me giggle that your warm day had snow in the pictures! I would be freezing. Looks like a great place to visit.

  58. So cool! What an awesome “playground” for boys!
    I bet your boys would love our fully functioning bomb shelter that is just down the road from where we live. It is actually where the Canadian government would go in the event of war/invasion/disaster – whatever. And it does public tours, and you can rent it out for private parties like birthdays. I even know people who have used it for their wedding reception!
    We had a birthday party there once, and they do this whole Spy Game Adventure for the kids and they get to run around the place and be Agents and find the bad guy. Awesome.
    It’s called The Diefenbunker.

  59. Oh way cool! I would love to go there, that would be totally fun! Great pictures

  60. They’re just positively gargantuan in size. It’s hard to believe!

  61. Those helicopters and boat looked awesome! Love the art on them. It’s definitely a place my husband and little guy would love to visit.

  62. My son would absolutely flip out to see all of those ships. SO much fun.

  63. That is great. I would love to see this. I visited the USS Alabama last year and loved it!

  64. That is so awesome – so much to see! My kid would love it.

  65. I love the places you take your kids, they are so educational. My boys would love to go here!

  66. I can’t believe I live in Fall River but have never visited. I had no idea there was air craft there too!!

  67. This reminds me of growing up on a Navy base, my dad was in the Navy. I would like to take my kids here so they can see a little about the Navy, very cool.

  68. That is so cool! My boys would love that! I personally like the shark ship 🙂

  69. That’s a place my boys would LOVE. We have a battleship near us, i really need to take them sometime.

  70. Wow How Cool Your Boys Must Of Loved This, Thank You For Sharing!!

  71. That looks wicked fun! It also looks familiar… wonder if I ever took a class trip there as a kid? Or maybe I went with my parents. My husband and son I think would have a blast there.

  72. Love seeing this with the snow! We don’t have battleships here (in the desert!) so I am enjoying your outing vicariously!

  73. wow! This looks like so much fun! My oldest son would love this

  74. How fascinating! That looks like a great place to visit.

  75. Wow, it sounds and looks like a fun place. My son would love the one with that crazy face on it!

  76. My son would have adored going there when he was young. He went through a phase of being super interested in battleships. This looks like an awesome place to visit.

  77. What a neat place to spend the day! Living on the Great Lakes we love to check out the maritime museums. Love the pics they painted on the helicopter and boat!

  78. My dad and fatherinlaw were Navy men. We saw one of these ships in South Carolina. You can’t appreciate how big they are until you are on them.

  79. I love that giant ship with shark teeth! Very cool.

  80. This would be a fun place to visit with my sons, I bet they would love it so much!

  81. This looks like such a neat place! I love how they paint ships and helicopters. My son would really enjoy visiting Battleship Cove!

  82. That looks like such a cool place. My son would love this. We’ve been meaning to take a drive over to MA, so perhaps we’ll get to to see this soon!

  83. How very cool!! We have been to one naval museum, the USS North Carolina.. It’s supposed to be haunted.. Battleship Cove will def be on our list to visit.

  84. Sooo cool!
    I would love to go and check out the battleships for myself.
    I am sure the boy would have a blast but I would have so much fun myself.

  85. That’s so great that your son got to spend the night there! I’ll have to put this on our list of places to visit. I think my boys would love this!

  86. Awesome prices! Especially with all that there is to see and do there!

  87. What an awesome way to learn about ships. Our family would love this.

  88. Oh my! My kids would love this. We’re hoping to head to Boston with them sometime soon. That shark ship! That would be an instant favorite, I think!

  89. These are fascinating photos and great historical information… Would love to see it.

  90. That is so incredibly cool! I wanted to go on the USS Missouri in Hawaii but we never got around to it.

  91. I enjoyed this earlier and it’s great to catch it again. Will tweet it. 😉

  92. You can really get right up close to a lot of the vehicles there! What a fun day for you and your boys. I would like to see more of the USS Lionfish! so interesting.

  93. I’d actually pay more to see something like this! wow! this is fantastic! Thanks for sharing all these pics!

  94. What an interesting place! I would love to visit Battleship Cove and I’m sure my husband would be interested too! That sharke themed boat is really cool!

  95. Seems like a great place to visit and the admission is pretty reasonably priced! I love your photos and that picture of the T-28 Trojan trainer plane!

  96. that shark boat is COOL. love it!

  97. That is amazing looking! Your son is so lucky that he was able to sleep over there. VERY cool!

  98. I imagine the boys would love a place like this! It looks super neat and a great afternoon out.

  99. How fun! You take your kids to some pretty cool places 🙂

  100. OMGosh what an awesome place. My kids would LOVE visiting! So would my hubby!

  101. What a testosterone fuelled trip! It looks like the boys really had fun!

  102. How cool! You guys always go to the neatest places.

  103. My boys would find this completely fascinating! We are going to have to head that way one day.

  104. That looks like a fun place to visit. I love seeing historical places and things – including aviation, cars, etc.

  105. What a cool and fun learning experience. I especially liked the ship with the shark face! My son would love a place like this and have an awesome time. Great choice!

  106. I’m a huge history lover… I could spend HOURS there!!

  107. I hear such wonderful things about this place! Robert and I love history so I really need to make the drive one day with just him and I <3