Now that my youngest son is 5, I decided this summer we would spend more time doing day trips around the Philadelphia area. We have tons and tons of different kinds of museums, not to mention horticultural gardens, parks, and arboretums. Since the majority of the family is interested in military history and history, we find ourselves heading off to places like the Battleship New Jersey located down river from the Adventure Aquarium in Camden.
Now, a trip to the Battleship is best suited to kids 7 and up, especially if you decide to do the self-guided tour. You can do the guided or audio tour for additional money, though I think this may work better for 9 and up, given the need to focus and pay attention. If you have a baby to bring along, plan on wearing them while you walk around the ship. Strollers are not permitted.
Parking is available at the Waterfront Garage across from the Camden Children’s Garden. This summer, you can also park closer to the Battleship. The new lot, which is $10 per vehicle to park, is along Clinton Street, which is the access road that runs behind the Susquehanna Bank Center.
The Battleship New Jersey is the second ship with the name. BB16 was a 19th century pre-dreadnought which fought in World War I only to be sunk as a bombing target in 1922. The current Battleship New Jersey was commissioned on December 7, 1942.
Family-Friendly Day Trips in Pennsylvania and Delaware
Battleship New Jersey
100 Clinton Street, Camden, NJ 08103
The Battleship is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Years Day
Jan. 1 – Feb. 1 Closed for tours
Feb. 2 – March 31: Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30 am – 3 pm**
April 1 – April 30: Every day, 9:30 am – 3 pm
May 1 – Sept. 3: Every day, 9:30 am – 5 pm
Sept 4 – Oct. 31: Every day, 9:30 am – 3 pm
Nov 1 – Dec. 31*: Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30 am – 3 pm
**The Battleship is open for tours March 25 through March 31, 9:30am to 3pm