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“USS New Jersey #2 Turret Tour Was Great!”

Battleship New Jersey
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Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Camden
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Located on the Camden Waterfront, NJ, across the Delaware River from Center City Philadelphia the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial offers guided and self-guided tours. Climb inside the 16" gun turrets, learn explore the captain's cabins and crew's quarters and discover what life was like for a Battleship sailor. Group packages and educational programs are available for school. Space can be rented aboard the Battleship for meetings and social events. Families and youth groups can spend the night aboard the Battleship as part of the overnight program.
Reviewed 2 March 2014

My son wanted to take a tour of the #2 Turret on the Battleship New Jersey. This turret tour is the only one in the country, I think. It was a great time. My son and daughter loved it and learned alot.

The guided tour was about 90+ minutes and we actually went down 5 decks / levels to get to the powder room. It was very hands on. The kids got to load the "110 Pound" powder bags and in the end they got to pull the simulator trigger and "fire" the big 16 inch guns.

After the guided tour was over, they both wanted to go back on and take the topside tour and explore the ship on our own.

My son said he wanted to "close the place" so we did...We were on it (this time) for about 6 hours. This was our 6th visit to the USS New Jersey, and the kids want me to take them back again.

Great thing to do with kids to teach them about WW2 and stuff like that.

2  Thank John T
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Reviewed 28 February 2014

After 9/11/2001, I went aboard the New Jersey to see what it takes to be a Docent. To become a Docent (a Tour Guide with great knowledge) one must study the Docent's manual and then take and get a passing grade on 5 written exams. When the docent is assigned a group he/she greets the group then begins a walking tour. The walking and talking and answering questions tour, takes about 2 hours.
The docents frequently have some very interesting information about the ship. In the Combat information Center one docent had been on the shore in Korea when the big 16 inch guns sent in many 1,600 pound shells that truly saved his life.
877 feet and 6 inches long and 108 feet wide is a nice walk in history.

Thank Bob4884
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Reviewed 16 January 2014

We went to visit Battleship NJ in the morning, thinking we would be there for a couple of hours...three at the most.

Little did we know...this ship is HUGE. We were there until 2 pm and that is because we rushed through the latter part of the self-guided tour.

Battleship NJ is HUGE, while I do not know about the guided tour, if you take the self-guided walking tour (by following these color lines on the decks and floors of the ship), this will turn out to be an all day trip.

All I know is that I am surprised at how much (unprecedented in my personal experience) access we were allowed on the ship with tons of information provided by the exhibits and the staff. And if that is not enough, the end of the walking tour culminated into one section of the ship turned into a museum, which can easily take up a couple of hours going through everything.

So if you want to visit Battleship NJ and do not feel like you need to rush through it, make it an all day affair.

4  Thank PoloRugby
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Reviewed 15 January 2014

The "Big J"...the battleship New Jersey; BB-62. She fought in WW2, Korea, Vietnam, and 1983 Lebanon before being decommissioned just prior to Desert Storm. I brought my grandson for a sleep-aboard, and the private tour offered helped him understand American history far more effectively than any textbook. Seeing and sleeping in the enlisted racks, eating in the chowhall, and climbing inside Turret # 3 and seeing those monster 16" guns...this makes history come alive!

This is well worth your time and effort; by all means bring the family!

1  Thank andrew l
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Reviewed 10 December 2013

We are stationed in New Jersey and after visiting the Aquarium we walked over to see the Battleship. It is definitely something to see, to walk around the ship is wonderful the children loved it. It is however not for strollers so be prepared to carry the little ones quite a bit :)

Thank Jenna M
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