So it's really nice for Navy History buffs and everyone else for that matter to see a nice piece of our History on display. However, sometimes these Navy Ship museums turn into tourist traps and found this to be the case here. I did love my visit and the self guided tour took you around to many parts of the ship, which was nice. There were plenty of displays too. I really liked the tour of the superstructure and bridge. They only allow small groups to go up there, so you'll have to wait in line. I would recommend going early and heading to that part of the tour first to avoid a long wait. The flight deck had plenty of aircraft, but as a former Submarine Sailor, I don't care much for airplanes so I just bypassed that. The hanger was full of other activities (some with extra fees), food, and a gift shop. That's the tourist part I didn't really enjoy. The engine room part of the tour was a huge disappointment. All I really got to see was the main condenser. As an engineer, I wish I could have seen more. Overall, I'm glad I did it, but probably won't do it again. Budget about two hours or so for a visit unless you are really a hardcore history buff. Even then, you could probably see most everything in less than half a day and still walk away satisfied.
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