Living in NW Florida gives you the opportunity to visit and photograph a number of places within a fifty mile range. Meaning some nice short day trips. Just about 50 miles west of where I am located, just outside of Mobile, Alabama, is USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park. It’s where the Battleship USS Alabama is docked. But not only is the great ship there, you will also find the submarine, USS Drum along with a museum and military aircraft on the grounds.
Once you arrive at the park there is a $4.00 charge for parking. This allows you onto the grounds to park and view all the aircraft located throughout the grounds. To go on board the ship there is also a cost.
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
October – March
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Battleship Memorial Park is open every day except Christmas Day
5 years old
– with ID
– age 55+
The above video is a tour of the USS Alabama. Access to the ship is fairly easy until you decide to go below. There are a number of stairs you must be able to go up and down. I figured out fairly fast that if you go down backward it is a lot easier. If you just want to stay topside and view all of what is on the bridge, you will have hardly any issues. The main ramp to the ship also provides easy access to the bridge.
With the above video, I take you on a tour of the USS Drum Submarine. First thing I will mention is that if you are claustrophobic this may not be the place for you. If you can get by that, it is a pretty cool adventure to walk through this submarine. Just be ready for a tight fit. It just amazed me how these men were able to live and work in these extremely tight working conditions.
The above video you shows our walk through of the Aircraft Pavilion. It is home to 28 historic aircraft and antique military vehicles. Many of the displays have videos you may watch that provide some great information.
One of the other features on the grounds is how modern war veterans are honored, including the Fallen Hero’s 9/11 Memorial, the Korean Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, and a monument honoring Military Service dogs.
If you are ever in the area of Mobile, Alabama, this is one of those places you should add to your bucket list. Just plan your visit in advance, meaning you should allow at least a couple of hours or more. Also I would highly recommend you not go during the summers months as it can be extremely hot.