Battleship New Jersey Camden
Where are we going today?
Did you know that there was a real battleship in New Jersey? Well, there is! Battleship New Jersey also happens to be a fascinating place to visit with the family, as there are tours, events, and even overnight stays! It lets kids experience history in a WHOLE other way!
There are exhibits filled with amazing artifacts from the ship's past where you can come to understand the stories of not only the history of the ship, but of the people that used to live and work on it. What's even better, is that the exhibits are actually IN the ship! So as you go along your tour, you will come across them.
You can actually sit in the chair that Admiral Halsey commanded the fleet from. You can stretch out in the same bunks that the sailors slept in. You can even climb INTO the 16" gun turret, as well as learn how the projectiles were loaded and used. An amazing hands-on look into history!
As soon as you step across the ships brow you will really understand that it's more than just a museum - it's an interactive experience for the whole family. Kids love climbing up the original ladders up to the bridge, just as many men and women would have done beforehand.
The tours are very interactive, which means you need to be prepared to climb up and down ladders a lot, and step through passageways and even try and manoeuvre around tight spaces. Make sure you have those comfortable shoes on!
There is always a Main Deck Tour if you're uncomfortable with any of the ladders.
Ahoy Captain, and let's set sail!
How much does it cost?
- Children$17 (Ages 5 - 11)
- Free Under: 5 years and active military
When can we go?
Times vary on the month, but usually 9:30am - 3pm or 5pm
All year round but closed New Years Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas
School groups of course are welcome! Just call to arrange your tour! .
Any Top Tips?
Make sure you have comfortable clothes with you! .
Doing our bit
They are all about history and preserving these amazing stories, so any visit helps them keep this museum afloat - literally!.
Need a little extra help?
Call about accessibility, as there are lots of ladders and steps. .
You can't bring a stroller on the ship, so wear a baby carry across your front. .
Can I get one of those?
Save those pennies, future captains, as there are apparel, toys and fun items to be bought at the end of the tour! .
The overnight tours are always fun! Check them out for kids! .
What people are saying?
by Ãvī Herondale
It was a lot of fun and learning. I've always been intrested in battleships and fighter planes. So yeah, it was a great experience.
by Eric Johnson
We stayed onboard overnight with the cub scouts. Fabulous outing. Shuttle bus from parking to the ship. Dinner and breakfast. Sleep in a rack where the sailors slept. Crawl around in the back turret, and see the one-ton projectiles, and all the gear to get them there. Many of the docents served on the ship, adding authenticity. Flight simulator ride is fun too.
After an altercation with a crewmember over changes to the tour route that sent me into an off-limits part of the ship the only thing I left with was a bad attitude...and the $10 I would have put in the donation box.
by Rick Kaufman
3 Trips and it just keeps getting better, But they need to do something with the gift shop
by Clayton Hahnlen
Slept overnight last night with boy scout pack 457 and we loved the ship