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Battleship USS ALABAMA, Mobile

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Walk the decks of Battleship USS ALABAMA, the highly decorated U.S. Navy ship that served for 37 months in World War II, now a museum at Battleship Memorial Park. The ship is half as long as the Empire State Building is tall and weighs 44,500 tons. Initially, the military intended to scrap the ship in 1962 due to its maintenance costs, but Alabama school children and corporate fundraising saved the ship and brought it back to its home state in 1964. After you’ve explored the historical vessel, you can step inside a World War II submarine, see cockpits of military aircrafts, or even enjoy a picnic on the park’s grounds. Our Mobile online visit planner makes visiting Battleship USS ALABAMA and other Mobile attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • I'm so glad we came across this place! Seeing all the history and being able to walk around the battleships is so humbling. We had a blast. You can easily spend half a day or more here. Just... 
    I'm so glad we came across this place! Seeing all the history and being able to walk around the battleships is so humbling. We had a blast. You can easily spend half a day or more here. Just...  more »
  • So interesting. I have a spotty memory of this as a school field trip. I was able to clamber around so much of it as an adult that I did not remember from before. A lot to see. It gives a real view... 
    So interesting. I have a spotty memory of this as a school field trip. I was able to clamber around so much of it as an adult that I did not remember from before. A lot to see. It gives a real view...  more »
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  • I took my father in law (retired marine) this past weekend. We were able to walk around and view all the tanks, planes and troop carriers in the outdoor exhibit. Then went inside, enjoying the many restored pieces they had a couple of nice vintage vehicles and vignettes. Then, on to tour the Drum, a restored submarine. Impressive and you actually get to walk through the sub. Finally, we spent some time exploring the USS Alabama. I was impressed that visitor have access to much of the ship including crawling up into the 16 inch gun turrets. You get to see where those brave service men worked. Kudos to the museum team, nicely done!!
  • the USS Alabama and museum were spectacular! The museum featured many of the planes from the National Naval Aviation Museum that we had not seen. We then explored the USS Drum, a World War II era sub. We climbed aboard and spoke with many of the volunteers who manned the ship. They provided excellent insight into the workings of the submarine. Finally, we climbed aboard the powerful USS Alabama. One thing that really stood out was that you could touch just about every aspect of the ship. The well-marked self-guided tour took us through just about every nook and cranny. We really enjoyed the engine room with the mighty boilers that drove the ship and the main gun targeting computer that took up a whole room. We also loved the inside of the 16” gun turret that had been opened to the tour. Especially noteworthy was the fact that you could really touch and feel every part of the ship, with no one shooing you away from this or that. A great experience all around.

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