Logically, the majestic USS Silversides is the highlight of this submarine-theme museum attraction. Commissioned just a few days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, this vessel completed 14 combat missions in the Pacific during World War II and is credited with sinking 23 Japanese ships (the third highest total for any Navy submarine). Silversides was decommissioned in 1946, eventually settling in Muskegon in 1987. To this day, it’s considered the Navy’s most successful surviving WWII-era submarine.
A museum adjacent to the sub showcases exhibits detailing the Silversides, submarine technology, the attack on Pearl Harbor, WWII, the Cold War and the Great Lakes shipping industry. Tours of the museum cost $6, but we recommend springing for the pricier $15 ticket, which includes museum access and a tour of the submarine. Silversides offers an intriguing glimpse of where and how troops lived while aboard. It’s also possible to book an overnight stay in the submarine ($32.50 weekdays, $37.50 weekends), a popular activity for Scouting groups.