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Proud visit for my Father's Daughters

My Father was in the Navy during WW2 and was an electrician. He was on the Crew that built this... read more

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Kim G
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McConnelsville, Ohio
Great tour

The history of the Nautilus is incredible and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to do the tour... read more

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Lynn J
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Midway, Utah
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Reviewed 25 April 2018

The USS Nautilus submarine is docked in the Thames River behind the US Forces Submarine Museum and tours are offered. Great place to visit with family and friends.

Thank Alan S
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Reviewed 29 March 2018

We love touring submarines and the USS Nautilus did not disappoint. It's a free, self-guided audio tour; you receive the equipment at the start of the tour and it autoplays as you reach areas on the ship. The audio tour and viewing areas gave a good idea of what life was like on the ship. For more about the USS Nautilus, be sure to check out the museum too.

Like most submarines, it's tight quarters. There are some stairs, a ladder and high doorways to step through.

2  Thank bittenby
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Reviewed 3 February 2018

The Nautilus is famous for being the first nuclear anything. Aircraft Carriers and power plants came later. You’ll find it docked in the river next to the Submarine Forces Museum near Groton. Can you imagine being on that historic voyage to the North Pole--such pioneers, but also dangerous. What if something had gone wrong?

Due to the secrecy and security around today’s submarines, the Nautilus is probably the only nuclear submarine you’ll even see the inside off. The staff told me today’s subs aren’t that much different and some even though far larger, sometimes offer even less space in certain compartments.

The Nautilus was designed to be refueled another couple of years. Today’s subs never need refueling, as their technology will be surpassed making them obsolete before requiring a fill up. The crew’s only limiting factor is how much food they can carry.

The Nautilus is a must see and it is free to visit, to include parking. It is a National Historic Landmark and the Ship of State for Connecticut. However, the museum and Nautilus are closed on Tuesdays.

2  Thank WA2world
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Reviewed 31 January 2018

We were staying in Groton with the kids and we decided to go visit this Naval legend. Great place to give yourself and your children a small idea of how our US service men and Women survive for months at sea. Very humbling. Makes you realize the sacrifices our service members make to protect our freedom. Thank you for allowing us to come aboard and see such a massive sub. God Bless you all who have served and those who are currently serving.

2  Thank WD L
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Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

Interesting visit to the first US Nuclear-powered Submarine. Learned so much about this part of our Navy. No personal guided tours unless you happen to meet up with one of the Sub Veterans who volunteer there. Look for the guys wearing vests decorated with medals & badges.If you want to make it a really special visit, contact the local chapter of Sub Veteran weeks before you visit. You can arrange to meet up with one of them. They LOVE to talk about their stories in the Submarine Service and the history of Submarines. They are very proud.
Beautiful location on the Thames River across fron The Coast Guard Academy and Connecticut College. No charge for admission. Donations welcome. Closed on Tuesdays.

Thank showhouseready
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