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April 12, 2004
From journal A Williamsburg Family Vacation
St. Louis, Missouri
September 4, 2003
Another part of the Nauticus complex is NOAA National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. I love weather stuff so this was high on our list. On the 3rd floor of Nauticus is their exhibit called 95,000 Miles of Coastal Knowledge. It explains the part NOAA has in keeping ships safe that are approaching the U.S. They can be reached at:
Phone: (757) 627-7072 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is also a Tupboat Museum that we didn't have time to see. The admission costs for Nauticus are: adults $9.95, children (4-12) $7.50, AAA/Senior/Military $8.95, children 3 and under are free. It is a place of many piece parts and I think most anyone of any age can find something to do here.
From journal Williamsburg-Lesser Known Sites Worth a Visit!
There are quite a few things to do at Nauticus and many of them are geared for children. There are interactive displays throughout the building. In one you can pretend to be a gunner on a battleship. In another, you can touch a shark. Kids seemed to be having a great time . . . and there were A LOT OF KIDS THERE! It was obvious to us that this is a popular site for school trips. One of our main interests was taking a boat tour of the Naval Shipyard. You can purchase tickets for this in the Nauticus. We choose the 2 hour cruise aboard the Victory Rover (phone #: 757-627-7405; website: www.navalbasecruises.com). The boat is a double-decker with an air-conditioned windowed cabin on the first floor and an open deck with chairs upstairs. Actually the day we were there (mid-Oct.) was chilly so the people up top kept coming inside to get warm! The tour departs from a pier about 500 yards. from Nauticus, so it is very handy. We saw several huge cargo container ships and many different types of naval vessels, however, the aircraft carrier had just left a couple days before. We did see several nuclear submarines and different types of battle ships. I bought a card that is supposed to help you identify what you're seeing, but frankly it was easier listening to the narrative that came over the loudspeakers. As a result, I don't know the ship types for any of the pictures I've enclosed. Those of you with military knowledge can fill in the blanks.
by Barber E. Lane
Lake Forest, California
February 16, 2003
Price of admission includes touring the Hampton Roads Naval Museum on the second floor to learn about naval history, the Battleship Wisconsin tour tied up next to Nauticus, and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration touch screen computer displays. A replica of a ship's wheelhouse is available for those who wish to try their hand at reading the instruments and navigating a ship. A tour of a tugboat at the Tugboat Museum can be arranged for $2 and is located next to Nauticus.
The Battleship Wisconsin was the largest and last battleship built, and saw extensive action during World War II. You can take a self-guided or audio tour of the ship.
If you'd like to take a two hour tour of the largest naval station in the world, cruises to Norfold Naval station leave from Nauticus.
Nauticus is open 10am to 6pm most days. For more information, visit nauticus.org.
From journal Williamsburg-Best Family Vacation
September 13, 2001
From journal Fourth of July at the Atlantic Beach