Nauticus Science Center and Battleship Wisconsin
Prepare yourselves for an exciting tour of the interactive science and technology center, Nauticus. The Nauticus Science Center explores naval, economic, and nautical power of the sea and consists of the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, Battleship Wisconsin, and Nauticus Cruise Ship. Plan plenty of time to explore at this stop, with a suggested four hours full of hands-on exhibits, HD films, and interactive displays. At the science center, you can explore the commerce history of the Mighty Seaport, learn about the post Civil War decline of the Jamestown exhibit, see first hand NOAA’s underwater parks at the Secrets of the Deep, or experience a powerful hurricane simulator at the SOS Station. You can also visit the Horseshoe Crab Cove, Bamboo Shark Experience, or Living Seashore to learn more about the natural life surrounding this enterprise.
Be sure to save plenty of time to explore the Battleship Wisconsin, the second ship of the U.S. Navy which was named after the 30th state. This ship was finished in 1941 and then deployed to the British West Indies in 1944, quickly returning to shore at its current location for repairs. Your group can personally tour this vessel by entering on the second floor of Nauticus, or take a 1.5-hour tour exploring the once sealed off areas such as the captain’s cabin, combat engagement center, and flag bridge. Visitors can also see the chapel, four full eateries, dental office, post office, and supply stores on board. Once you’ve worked up an appetite stop by the Dockside Cafe for some wings or salad at their buffet, and make sure you stop by the gift shop for that perfect Nauticus souvenir on your way out!
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