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“Great Cub Scout Adventure”
Review of Battleship Cove

Battleship Cove
Ranked #2 of 27 things to do in Fall River
Certificate of Excellence
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Berkshires, Massachusetts
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Great Cub Scout Adventure”
Reviewed 18 May 2014

It can get hot and the old diesel and grease smells still permeate the lower levels of the ship. That being said my son was thrilled to crank a 50 mm turret gun around and up and down and climb on top of an old torpedo. If you stay over night try to find a bunk in the small side rooms or you could end up in a hallway. Also, if you want to get up in the night, pick the bottom bunk as they are stacked 3 or 4 high and are on chains: if one upper bunker moves, everybody moves. And set up your bunk early, because when lights are out, they are out. Beware that it is physically challenging to navigate up and down ladders and compartments. The food was blah, but I guess that makes it more authentic. Morse Code seminar was fun and special program staff was great. Other staff clearly has no military background or knowledge. Sleeping on the battleship was a fantastic adventure for our cub scout pack. For the foodie, go to a local Portuguese market (like Portugalia) for some great olive oil and authentic Portuguese food.

Visited May 2014
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Akron, Ohio
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“Great ships!”
Reviewed 15 May 2014

Very interesting seeing the WWII ships. My husband loved the whole experience. Anyone with an interest in WWII history will enjoy this tour. The area needs some serious updating. The whole experience could be improved with a more attractive entrance, etc. Even the signage on the ships could use some TLC. The entire area around Battleship Cove is under construction and very confusing. I'm sure this will improve with time.

Visited May 2014
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“There's a lot of ship to explore”
Reviewed 3 May 2014 via mobile

If warships are your thing then this is your place. The USS Mass. is one of the biggest US warships ever built and will take you hours to explore. The exhibitions and interpretation is good, if a little dated but you can see that this ship is run by volunteers and they clearly do their best on little money. And when you are done with the USS Mass. there are two more and a submarine to explore. I went with my husband and enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

Visited May 2014
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“Excellent Museum - continually adding more”
Reviewed 21 April 2014 via mobile

I visit this ship-centric museum every few years so it's easy to notice changes. The chopper displays are complete and you can get up close and touch one of them for great photos. The PT boat section is complete and very well done. But the main attraction is the big battleship, destroyer and sub. ADVICE - take your time. Talk to the volunteers even if it's to say hello - they appreciate it. Many are here every day and don't get paid. But they all have great stories to tell and maybe will share some Navy humor. And if they find that you are really interested, you will probably get a special treat. They might let you into some of the locked areas and tell you all about it. We got to see a few closed areas including the radio room. Our little guys got free Morris Code charts but the best part was chatting with these real Navy guys - so don't rush. And a tip for photographers. There's great background and foreground, so pay attention to both and avoid boring photos. Take shots from one ship and get one of the others as background. Also might try photographing your group from a different, one deck up, or down. And you can get pretty good grub on the battleship. But wait, there's a really nice park within a short walk, so consider a picnic here (season permitting) or at least take a walk so you can get a good perspective of the ships sitting in the water under a rather attractive bridge. You can't miss the well-stocked gift shop because that's the entry, so bring a little extra money, profits go to maintaining this large facility. Well worth a trip to Fall River. (Lots of construction so keep a sharp eye out for I-195 detour signs - a lot of them.

Visited April 2014
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Fall River, Massachusetts
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“"War and Remembrance" Revisited”
Reviewed 16 April 2014

Located under the Braga Bridge (named for the first Fall River resident to die in World War II), the ship is joined by the submarine Lionfish, and a PT (personnel transport) craft (as in President John F. Kennedy's naval experience during that war). Not only are tours and access available during the daytime, but the ship hosts "sleep-overs" popular with Scouting and other groups. The tours and memorabilia won't take a full day to view and explore; however, the Fall River Marine Museum is just across the street a way, and can provide a few hours of exploration of various marine artifacts, art, and a replica of the Titanic. History lovers and school goups would enjoy both educational attractions. The "Cove" is best during warm, dry weather although the museum is enjoyable in any weather. The historic carousel ialso located under the bridge is unfortunately closed for repairs at present. Having visited both the "Cove" and the museum many times, I recommend both as a good way to spend a day in Fall River.

Visited June 2013
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