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Review of Seawolf Park

Seawolf Park
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Galveston Island and Houston Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #11 of 101 things to do in Galveston
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Seawolf Park and the American Undersea Warfare Center provides a wonderful scenic view of Pelican Island, the Port of Galveston, and the surrounding waterways. At the tip of the island, Seawolf park offers the best on- and off-shore fishing in the area, picnic tables and playgrounds, and basketball and volleyball courts. The American Undersea Warfare Center is home to two historic WWII vessels; the USS Cavalla attack submarine, and the USS Stewart Destroyer Escort. Experience the battles on the high seas as you take a walking tour inside each ship which boasts a heritage worth seeing.
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Dallas, Texas
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23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“I love this place”
Reviewed 11 December 2013

I try to go here every year. I love the ships. Great atmosphere, especially for picnics. Will definitely come back for future visits

Visited July 2013
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Edmond, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Interesting, educational, and historic”
Reviewed 17 October 2013

You can tour the USS Stewart and USS Cavalla for one low entry price. Both ships are very interesting and you get a nice view from the top decks of the USS Stewart. Bring walking shoes and wear something comfortable, because there is a lot of climbing stears and through small doors (on the sub).

Visited October 2013
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Winnipeg, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Must see for a naval buff!”
Reviewed 14 October 2013 via mobile

This self-guided tour was very interesting and definitely worth a visit. Anyone who has seen a WWII navy movie should enjoy this tour.

Visited October 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
“It is what it is.”
Reviewed 17 September 2013

The overwhelming impression that I got from this place was one of unintentional neglect. Everything was a bit run down; the visitors centre was fenced off and showing signs of storm damage, the "restored" Destroyer was desperately in need of some TLC (I've never seen so much rust in one place), and there were a lot of temporary restrooms etc. spread around. It felt a bit like the owners had everything set up to keep the place open whilst putting it back together after Hurricane Ike hit... and then they just didn't bother. In addition to this, the staff were quite surly and clearly didn't particularly want to be there.

However, once you have your ticket you're very much left to your own devices. The USS Stewart destroyer and USS Cavalla submarine are both open and fully available for you to wander around in for as long as you want to, although there are currently one or two small areas in both that are closed for future restoration. Everything is touchable, which is great if you're like me and have trouble keeping your hands off things in museums! Rooms and some objects are labelled, but no further description is given. If you're looking to actually learn something about ships, try the Seaport Museum instead. However, if you're happy simply having a look around then it's worth a visit just for the sake of it.

Other than the two ships, there is very little else in the park. Inside the area for which you need a ticket, there are a few memorials and a small seating area. Outside this, you have to fend off the seagulls as you walk across the car park to reach the former visitors centre and the fishing pier if you fancy sitting to watch the Galveston - Port Bolivar ferry crossing.

The best reflection of this attraction is probably in the ticket prices. You pay $5 for entry to the submarine and the destroyer, which is a very reasonable price for a self guided tour. However, you have to pay $6 for parking on top of that - how low do the standards of an attraction have to be for the cost of the parking to exceed the entry fee?!

All in all, I recommend that you simply use this as an opportunity to have a look inside a submarine and a Destroyer. On that level, Seawolf Park does exactly what it says on the tin. Don't go there with your hopes too high and you'll be fine.

Good points: cheap entry, free to do as you please once you're inside.

Bad points: needs a revamp, staff could be a little more enthusiastic.

Visited September 2013
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Deton, tx
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34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“History made alive”
Reviewed 15 September 2013

My adult daughter and I went to Seawolf Park in Galveston to tour the submarine and the destroyer escort. I'm very pleased that these 2 pieces of naval history have been preserved. The submarine is about 80% accessible. A couple of areas were locked off for future restoration. The same applied to the USS Stewart next door. Aside from that, it was great to walk through these 2 great pieces of naval history. Anyone that is a submarine fan would really enjoy this trip. The park is also a nicely maintained area with fishing available.

Visited September 2013
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