[pullquote_left] by Nedra, aka Adventure Mom [/pullquote_left]

Today we are joined again by Grand Rapids blogger, grkids mom and Adventurer Extraodinaire, Nedra McDaniel.

Nedra has a taste for adventure that just can’t be quenched. We’re happy to have her share her family & mom adventures with us from time to time on grkids.com. Today Nedra and her boys tell us about sleeping on a submarine! Welcome back, Nedra!

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If you are looking for an unforgettable experience for your family or group, the USS Silversides Museum has it. They offer an Overnight Encampment program on their WW2 submarine. The encampment includes a tour of the submarine, the USCGC McClane coast guard boat and admission to the museum.

We were in awe of how big the submarine really is.

It’s the length of a football field condensed into some really tight quarters.

My husband is 6’4 and managed to make his way through the submarine without too much difficulty. Our guide did mention that the average height of the submarine crew in WW2 was 5’6- 5’8.

This submarine has bragging rights which are displayed on the side to help retell the story of it’s important role during the war

During our 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.

The submarine has chrome on the walls of the hallway to help the crew slide by each other with ease.

There are several places to hang out in the submarine. The mess hall area is a great place to play cards or watch a movie.

We opted for an intense game of Skip Bo later that evening in the control room.

Our family slept in the “Officer’s Country”. That gave us a little more privacy but I have a feeling there are no secrets on a submarine.

All overnight guests need to bring their own bedding. Although there are no working restroom facilities on the submarine, there is a nice restroom facility to use in a building near the dock. Showers have to wait until you get home or take advantage of the museum’s close proximity to the beach. You can walk to the nearby park and the beach from the museum parking lot.

There are several different sections of the sub that you can sleep in depending on the size of your group

After sleeping on the cots, you will have a new appreciation for our servicemen and women and an incredible shared memory.

It’s not very often that you can tell your friends that you literally slept next to a torpedo.

Only water is allowed on the submarine but there are plenty of areas inside the museum and outside for groups to eat dinner and breakfast in the morning. Guests are responsible for their own meals and snacks during their stay. The Museum has partnered with several local restaurants that offer a discount for overnight guests. We enjoyed our pizza from Habs.

Their bbq is also incredible and has received great reviews written about them on mlive.com

During the evening you can also enjoy a campfire.

We lucked out and the boy scouts had already started the fire but if you need to make your own fire you can purchase wood in the gift shop. They also have some snacks, toys and other military inspired souvenirs.

After touring the sub and getting your items to your sleeping area, you are free to tour the museum at your leisure.

There are two floors of exhibits to discover. The museum also has a several hands on elements for kids. Starting with the structure in the front of the museum for kids to use their imagination and play on.

There are several exhibits that also let you get the feel of what the times were like during the war.

You can look through the real periscope and see the outside of the building.

The murals really give a larger than life feel to how huge the impact the war made at that time.

The following morning we ate breakfast at the outside picnic table and got ready for our ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) class.

The class is 2 hours long and open to all ages. First, you are educated on the history of ROV’s. Then you move on to putting your new knowledge into practice. If you kids like legos, they will love this experience.

We were given all of the pieces to create the ROV.

You are given a lot of freedom with the design and then you test your ROV in the water. We worked as a family to build an underwater vehicle that could go up/down and back/forth.

The USS Silversides Museum is a great place to create an unforgettable family experience.

Admission to the Museum is only $6 per person or you can purchase a combination ticket that includes the museum, the USS Silversides Submarine and USCGC McClane for $15 for adults, $12.50 seniors (62 and up), and $10.50 children/students (5-18). WW2 vets, active duty military and children under four are FREE.

The overnight encampment program is for ages 5 and up. The submarine can accommodate 72 guests and the USCGC can hold an additional 38 guests. The cost of an overnight on the submarine is between $30-$35 depending on the day of the week. The encampments are available year round with reservation.

The basic ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) class is $10 per person/$5 if you are an overnight guest. Reservations are needed for the class. There are several other classes available. See website for details.

Check out the USS Silverside Museum website for more information. You can also “like” them on facebook.

There is a buy one get one free coupon here, on the WOTV channel 8 website.

[info] To plan your trip, please contact

Denise Herzhaft – Office Manager and Overnight Coordinator

USS SILVERSIDES Submarine Museum

Muskegon, Michigan 49443

PH: 231-755-1230 ext. 226

[email protected]org

www.silversidesmuseum.org [/info]

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I did receive admission for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

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Adventure MomNedra McDaniel is Adventure Mom.  Encouraging people to try something new is number one on her list. She writes, “I have always loved to try new things because of my quest for variety. I’m more like an ADD adventure sampler. I like to try, taste and experience different things and places all the time. I will try just about anything and bring along my friends and family for many of the adventures I experience.”

You can read about more of her exploits and adventures at her blog, Adventure Mom. [line]