I was first launched in April of 1943 and have been to Pearl Harbor, the Caribbean and Hawaii. I was involved in many wars but was decommissioned in March of 1974. Since then I have become a national museum available to everyone. I sit on a famous river that is next to an island made up of city life. While you are visiting me you can watch an eight minute movie that will tell the history of how I came about and where I’ve been. There is the Bell 47 helicopter you can climb into and pretend you’re flying, or take a ride in the A-6 Cockpit simulator.
If you’re into 3-D, I have an XD theater that will blow your mind. Every Saturday night during the summer you can sit on my deck, bring your lawn chairs & snacks, and watch a feature movie. Parents and groups have been known to bring children and have sleepovers. They participate in scavenger hunts, receive goodie bags and get their own cot. If you’re not into staying over but want a special child to have a one of a kind memory you can host their birthday party here but they first have to pick a theme – whether they want to be a pilot, spy, astronaut, marine or just have a treasure hunt.
Not only can you explore my ship but you can also check out the world renowned Concorde. It was the fastest commercial plane. It would travel the Atlantic in under three hours. I have just been given the honor of housing the space shuttle Enterprise for a brief time until it finds a permanent home. You will be able to explore the outside and learn where it will be housed in the future. To top off the tour you can visit the Growler submarine and get up close and personal with the torpedo room. When you’re done exploring you can visit my gift shop. I have everything from dog tags to clothes.
Nowhere else will you be able to investigate and explore so many different types of transportation that have changed history. Do you know where I am?