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Things You Need To Know About Exploring The USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park

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USS Alabama Is In Mobile, Alabama

Traveling across I-10 from Texas to Florida can be a long haul. The USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park is worth seeing in Mobile, Alabama. This makes for a great stop when it comes to breaking up a car ride. If you love history, you will love this park. Even if history is not your thing, you will walk away with a new appreciation of what our military does day in and day out in the United States.

USS Alabama
USS Alabama

When you plan ahead, exploring the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park will be a fun visit. On our most recent visit, we rode the Mobile Bay Ferry from Fort Morgan to Dauphin Island, to get to the USS Alabama Battlefield Memorial Park.

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USS Alabama
Mobile Bay Ferry

USS Alabama- Historic Landmark In 1986

The USS Alabama was in service during World War II and is now a permanent museum ship located in Mobile, Alabama. The ship itself was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1986. Take note that flip flops will not work while visiting the USS Alabama. There are several ladders to climb and several tight quarters to crawl through.

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USS Alabama

If you are physically able, I would suggest climbing into all of the nooks and crannies that you can.

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Other Military Aircraft At USS Alabama

There is also a nice collection of aircraft located in USS Alabama Memorial Park. Some aircraft are located outdoors and others are inside. The Medal of Honor Aircraft Pavilion is home to a large collection of aircraft. The A-12 Blackbird has a wing span of 65 feet and is 125 feet in length. It flew 2,300 miles per hour and 93,700 feet high.

The CIA used it in 1965 for spy missions. A recently restored VH1-N/Bell 212 helicopter used by Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush is also on display.

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You can easily spend two full hours exploring all of the aircraft alone at the park.

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Outdoor Picnic Space Available

I also made note of the picnic tables that dot the grounds, making this attraction a fun place for a picnic.

The USS DRUM is also on site here near the USS Alabama. This is the oldest American submarine on display in the world. There’s also a nice display of military equipment throughout the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park area.

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Sara’s Top Tips For Visiting The USS Alabama

  • Allow a Minimum of Two Hours To Visit
  • Bring a Picnic Lunch
  • Visit First Thing In The Morning
  • There is a Small Fee For Parking
  • Wear Comfortable Walking Shoes

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Sara is a travel enthusiast that resides in North Iowa. You can find her traveling where the plane, train, ship, or car will go. Are you looking to take a road trip? Sara has solutions for you!

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