The USS Kidd is a Fletcher-type US Navy ship that was launched in 1943 and was initially used during the World War II era. The ship was named after Isaac Kidd, who died on the USS Arizona during the attack Pearl Harbor, the first American admiral to ever be killed in action. After a long period of on and off in action throughout the Pacific islands, the Navy has set the USS Kidd as one of three ships to be set up as a memorial and can now be found in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the Mississippi River.
Things to Do
- See what it's like to live inside a Navy ship - tour the various rooms, decks, and see the exhibits
- Join a Twilight Tour - held on certain days in the autumn, it has more content than the regular tour and it ends with drinks on the ship while watching the sunset - lovely.
- Stay overnight in the ship. Oh yes you can! Reservations and a deposit is required in advance but this is one experience that is tough to beat.
- Attend an event - every third Friday, you can attend talks and lectures from various speakers hosted by the USS Kidd.
USS Kidd Veterans Memorial Insider Tips
- Every first Sunday of the month, the USS Kidd hosts Themed Sundays, where entrance to the USS Kidd and several other Baton Rouge museums is free! Time your trip accordingly if you want to save some money!
- If you're planning to stay overnight, note that only snacks are allowed inside. You can eat dinner outside and order for a McDonald's breakfast but before you do the experience, come with a full tummy!