by Jill P
*This article has been updated for 2017.
We’ve visited the USS Silversides located in Muskegon a number of times over the past few years. My eight year-old son is a lover all all boats and visiting real submarine is just up his alley.
You’ll love to tour the submarine and the USS Silversides Museum. It’s definitely worth the trip and makes a great day trip from Kalamazoo. And, we have a few more ideas of things to do while you’re in Muskegon.
A GREAT SUBMARINE
Tour a restored WWII Submarine, a Prohibition-Era Coast Guard Cutter and wonderful exhibits at this maritime museum. Self-guided tours let you experience what it was really like to sail a sub trolling the waters of the South Pacific 60-plus years ago. You can walk the deck topside as well as the major internal compartments below deck. Your tour also includes access to the Coast Guard Cutter McLane and the museum.
TOURING THE MUSEUM
Situated on the south side of the Muskegon Lake Channel near beautiful Lake Michigan, the USS SILVERSIDES Submarine Museum has been the home of the World War II submarine USS Silversides since 1987. In addition to the Silversides, the USS SILVERSIDES Submarine Museum is also home to the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter McLane, a Prohibition-era Coast Guard Cutter that is one of the last of its class in existence.
During our USS Silversides tour we learned the history of the submarine and about what life would have been like if you were part of the crew during that time. There are plenty of opportunities to view the submarine controls (a favorite of my son’s) and plenty of weapons. The small spaces such as the doors and living quarters, make you appreciate what it would be like to live on a submarine for an extensive period of time.
IF YOU GO
USS SILVERSIDES Submarine Museum
Muskegon, Michigan 49443
PH: 231-755-1230 ext. 226
GLNMM is open 362 days each year. Free parking. Gift shop. Reservations required for group tours and overnights.
Hours of Operation: June, July, August, Daily 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Adults (ages 19 thru 61) $15.00
Seniors (age 62 and up) $12.50
Kids (ages 5 thru 18) $10.50
Preschoolers (Under age 5) FREE
World War II Veterans & Active Duty Military FREE
Museum Only (all ages) $6.00
*Tickets include admission to USS Silversides, USCGC McLane, and the museum. If you have museum membership which participates in the ATCP program, you can get into the museum for FREE, but still need to pay for the Silversides Submarine self-guided tour.
WHILE YOU’RE THERE
Head over to Pere Maquette Park beach which some say is one of the nicest beaches in Michigan and grab a bite at The Deck for beautiful beach views with family friendly food. Check out the cool deck with pontoon boats and their “deck”.
While you’re in Muskegon, you’ll also want to tour the USS List 393 -Landing Ship Tank. This ship is one of the only two LSTs remaining in the US from more than 1,051 that were built and put into service during World War II. You’ll be amazed at the history of this ship and the rolled it played during WWII. The tours are self-guided. Adult admission is $8 and $5 admission for kids.
Have any other tips about visiting the USS Silversides or other trip ideas involving Muskegon? If so, leave us a comment in the comment section below.