Fall Events on the Battleship

by Press Release | Oct 16, 2005
Fall Events on the Battleship Just because the summer is over doesn’t mean you can’t get out and have fun. The Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial will host a variety of events this fall, from Oktoberfest, complete with an oom-pah band to the New Year’s Eve family overnight encampment. Cooler weather and smaller crowds mean that this is the perfect time to enjoy the Camden Waterfront!

Ongoing: The Fish N Ship Combo makes it easy to spend a whole day at the Camden Waterfront! Visit both the Battleship New Jersey and the new Adventure Aquarium for one low price. Adventure Aquarium highlights include the West African River Experience featuring hippopotamuses, porcupines and over 20 species of African birds in a free-flight aviary and a suspended 40-foot walk-through shark tunnel. Guests can even have an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to “Swim with the Sharks.” Fish N Ship tickets can be purchased at either the Adventure Aquarium or at the Battleship.

Until November 30th: Visitors to the Battleship can see and hear the Normandy Bell! Visit and learn about this replica of the Liberty Bell, which will be on display during regular tour hours.

October 22: Oktoberfest on the Battleship- Oktoberfest returns to BB62! Enjoy food, music and fun on the fantail. And what Oktoberfest celebration would be complete without beer? Access to the fantail area is free with any tour. Food and beverages will available for purchase.

October 29: Spooky Halloween Overnight Encampment- Spend a night aboard the Battleship New Jersey- if you dare! In addition to our regular encampment activities- dinner and breakfast in the crew’s mess, a tour of the ship, a ride on the 4D flight simulator and a bunk where the sailors slept- enjoy a trick or treat scavenger hunt with treats provided by Just Born Candy, Tastycake and Comcast Cable. Reservations must be made in advance by calling 856-966-1652 x203. (Reservations for all encampments MUST include children. Minimum age is 7. )

November 11: Veteran’s Day- Wreath ceremony will take place at 12:15 on the forecastle of the Battleship, honoring all those who served their country. Free with any tour ticket and for BB62 members.

November 12: Camden’s New York Shipbuilding Corporation exhibit opens to the public. This special exhibit, developed in partnership with the Camden County Historical Society, highlights Camden’s important naval shipbuilding heritage. Founded in 1899, The New York Shipbuilding Corporation was one of the largest private shipbuilding yards in the world, employing more than 35,000 people by 1945. The 180-acre facility, situated on the Delaware River in the City of Camden, built ten battleships, less than a half mile away from the Battleship New Jersey’s current location. These ten ships represented almost 15% of all battleship construction for the United States Navy, and the second highest production from a private shipyard. The New York Shipbuilding Corporation had a tremendous impact on the economic and population growth of Southern New Jersey, and its lasting effects can still be felt today. The Camden County Open Space, Recreation, Farmland, and Historic Preservation Fund fund this exhibit.

November 24: Thanksgiving Day – Battleship closed for tours.

November 25: Kick off the holiday shopping season! Show your tour ticket and receive 10% off in the museum store.

December 7: Pearl Harbor Day– Congressman Rob Andrews hosts an annual commemoration aboard the Battleship, featuring guest speakers and a wreath ceremony. Free with the purchase of any tour ticket and for BB62 members. There will also be an Honor Guard ceremony.

December 10: Breakfast with Santa- Santa visits the Battleship and hosts breakfast in the Crew’s Mess. Prizes, music and fun for kids- plus, have your photo taken with Santa!

December 31: New Year’s Eve- The Battleship will host the 3rd annual New Year’s Eve Family Encampment, including dinner and breakfast aboard the ship, tours, rides on the 4D flight simulator, sleeping in the crew’s bunks and fireworks at midnight. The ship will also be open to the public for fireworks viewing. Refreshments and beverages available at additional charge.

Located on the Camden Waterfront across the river from Center City Philadelphia the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial offers guided and self-guided tours daily, beginning at 9 am with the last tour departing at 5pm. In addition to daytime tours, families and youth groups can spend the night aboard the Battleship as part of the overnight encampment program. Guests experience dinner and breakfast served from the chow line in the crew’s mess, a tour of the ship, a ride on the 4D flight simulator and the opportunity to sleep in the bunks that the crew of the USS New Jersey once did. Special group packages and event/meeting space are available. For more information, call (856) 966-1652 or visit www.battleshipnewjersey.org.

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