Located in Mobile Alabama, you will find USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park. It’s a must-see when you are in the area!
One of the things that I love about our family is that we all have a deep love for history. Now, ask me how I liked history in school, and I’m going to be brutally honest and tell you that I despised it. Even when playing review basketball in Coach Akers class. Still hated it. I just didn’t care what happened before I was born, and I certainly didn’t care about how it related to the future.
Thankfully the older I got, my love grew for history. Double thankfulness, my girls both enjoy it!
So how does this relate to the USS Alabama? When I was in middle school, my family went on vacation to Charleston, South Carolina. We went for the sole purpose to visit the USS Yorktown. My dad was stationed on the Yorktown in the 60’s before the Vietnam war. It was by far the coolest vacation I’ve ever been on. It probably trumps Disney World in some senses because my daddy had once walked where we were walking. His photo was actually in the dental lab below deck! (he was a dental tech.)
That trip gave me a love for a different sort of history. Navy history. Well sort of. I love being able to walk where history has taken place. This is where the USS Alabama comes in.
Years and years ago, back when Kayla was little we went over to the Gulf Shores area with my parents when they had an RV. We made a day of it and went aboard the USS Alabama. Although it’s not as large as the USS Yorktown, it still takes several hours to do it right. You want to take all the colored tours. You want to read all the plaques, and take all of it in.
We have been wanting to make it back over because even though we looked and read everything, it’s a wonderful “museum” to go through. I think that you look at it with a different perspective each time.
Kayla doesn’t remember her first trip on the Alabama, because she was so young. Like myself though, with the Yorktown, she’ll always remember this one.
The girls loved every minute walking through and taking in all the history. Imagining what life would have been like out to sea. Learning that different ranks meant sleeping and living was a bit different.
It was our second trip, but we will definitely be back! If you’re are planning a trip to Gulf Shores, Pensacola, or even Panama City (and you have a day to spare), you won’t want to miss taking a trip back in time and heading aboard the USS Alabama.
Walk where soldiers once walked, slept, lived, and spent their day to day lives; whether they were out to sea or in port.
Of course while you are there you’ll also want to check out the submarine, USS Drum. Check out Vietnam and Korean Memorials, try out flight simulators, and look at over 25+ aircraft at the indoor pavilion. It’s seriously worth the time to check it out. If you’re looking for something different that you don’t see in most tourist towns, check out the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park. They are open daily from 8 to 5. You’ll pay a park entry fee of $2 per car, and admission is reasonable; five and under: free, ages 6-11: $6.00, ages 12 and up is $15.00.
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