Exploring USS Turner Joy In Bremerton Wa is the perfect way to get spend the day! The US Navy has played such a huge role in the PNW area over the years! I love that my dad who is a retired US Air Force Veteran was able to share some military history with my kids and also his own stories as well. with them. (I have included affiliate links to products I love. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.)
Now we ended up in Kitsap County for soccer and it was raining, not too surprising for our area, so we checked out the ship. Now my dad may have been Air Force but he loves all the branches of service so the kids had the perfect tour guide for this. Now the USS Turner Joy is a self-guided ship but there are often volunteers wandering around and plenty of signage!
About The USS Turner Joy:
- Open daily check their website -> here for the most accurate hours
- Is a self-guided tour
- It does cost money to explore the ship -> here for most accurate rates
- Parts of the ship is outside so sure to wear weather-appropriate gear
- There is quite a bit of walking and some narrow stairs, so good tennis shoes are helpful
- There is a gift shop that where you pay admission to get to the ship.
Be sure to double check the website -> here for most up to date information on the ship and the museum.
Our Favorite Parts of USS Turner Joy:
The Bunkroom – Michael was fascinated that all the men sleep in such close quarters! The girls were mortified that they had so little storage space for their belongings. Michael tested out all the beds and his verdict was there was no way he could sleep on them. Isabella theorized this is why the sailors are so tough.
The Stairs Up And Down- The kids were amazed how the stairways were so narrow up for going up and down the levels of the ship. The girls were more nervous about them, whereas Michael was more gung-ho about going on every set we that we came upon in the ship.
The Engine Room- Michael had the most fun in this room. He and my dad went through reading all the signs and discussing how everything worked. As well as the different roles of soldiers on the ship as well.
The Cockpit- This was a favorite of all three to see where they sit and control the ship. The views of Puget Sound from this part of US Turner was amazing. We were even able to see a ferry crossing the sound as well while we were on the ship.
The Little Town Of USS Turner Joy- The kids were amazed to see the kitchen, infirmary, post office, bank, and store on the ship to show how it continues to function while out to sea. I had no idea that these were all on the ship as well and that they were able to get mail as well. Was pretty neat to see.
What are your must-see and does in Bremerton, Wa?? Have you toured the USS Turner Joy before?