Real Submarine Tour in North Little Rock, Arkansas, USS Razorback

August 2, 2012 Updated July 2014. Photos CC with North Shore Inland Maritime Museum, and anyone who requests a link

Real Submarine Tour in Central Arkansas

Top deck of the USS Razorback, with AR River and Junction Bridge
Top deck of the USS Razorback, with AR River and Junction Bridge | Source

The North Shore Inland Maritime Museum

This article is intended as informational. I have taken the tour, and if I would have known what an interesting experience it would be, it'd made it onto my bucket list. If I were any fatter, I would not have gone on the tour. They have a measuring hole visitors can stand on, and practice ports to crawl through.

In past articles, I have made mention of the submarine, at our Maritime Museum, but until now, have not ever visited, nor taken the tour.

I have snapped a few photos of the USS Razorback from across the Arkansas River, near the Little Rock River Market Pavillion, but honestly had a hard time locating the entrance, the first time I tried to visit the North Shore Inland Maritime Museum located in North Little Rock, AR.

Locating the North Shore Inland Maritime Museum can be difficult for locals and visitors alike.

This GPS address, and map included should get you there easily. I am sharing photos of the actual tour with you, as we (carefully) walk across the deck of the USS Razorback Submarine.


The North Shore Inland Maritime Museum

I have decided to break this into two articles, as there is so much to share. The tour is also broken into two parts. There is the museum at the top, and the actual submarine tour. When you are down there, you can still smell the sweat of a bunch of men working hard to stay alive in a boat under the water.

Touring the USS Razorback, at the Inland Maritime Museum, in North Little Rock, AR, is an excellent vacation destination, and a good way to check some items off of those bucket lists.There are many interesting artifacts for military, history buffs, and submarine fans,.

For those who celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day, you will be pleased to know that this submarine was leased to pirates for a very long time.


100 Riverfront Drive, North Little Rock, AR

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A markerNorth Shore Inland Maritime Museum, 100 Riverfront Drive, North Little Rock, AR -
100 Riverfront Dr, North Little Rock, AR 72114, USA
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The North Shore Inland Museum, located at 100 RIverfront Drive, North Little Rock, AR can found behind Verizon Arena, on RIverfront a split hwy

B markerVerizon Arena, North Little Rock, AR -
Washington & Verizon Arena, North Little Rock, AR 72114, USA
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C markerDickey Stephens Park, 400 W Broadway, North Little Rock, AR -
400 W Broadway St, North Little Rock, AR 72114, USA
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The Entrance to the North Shore Inland Maritime Museum

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You are here. Yes, following that blank white wall down Riverfront Drive headed South, you finally reach 100 Riverfront Drive, NLR ARThe Front Sign for the North shore Maritime CenterInteresting and informative Mural of highlights of the twin cities of Little Rock & North Little Rock ARkansasIf you notice any part of this, you are almost there! Yep, here it is! Finally!What was that address again? 100 Riverfront Park Drive, North Little Rock, AREntrance to the parking areas for the North Shore Maritime CenterParking is restricted. There are so many activities and things to do, sometimes parking becomes a creative endevorJunction Bridge with the roof of the Martime Museum The Junction Bridge, the Arkansas River, and the River Market Pavillion visible on the Little Rock side of the river
You are here. Yes, following that blank white wall down Riverfront Drive headed South, you finally reach 100 Riverfront Drive, NLR AR
You are here. Yes, following that blank white wall down Riverfront Drive headed South, you finally reach 100 Riverfront Drive, NLR AR | Source
The Front Sign for the North shore Maritime Center
The Front Sign for the North shore Maritime Center | Source
Interesting and informative Mural of highlights of the twin cities of Little Rock & North Little Rock ARkansas
Interesting and informative Mural of highlights of the twin cities of Little Rock & North Little Rock ARkansas | Source
If you notice any part of this, you are almost there!
If you notice any part of this, you are almost there! | Source
Yep, here it is! Finally!
Yep, here it is! Finally! | Source
What was that address again? 100 Riverfront Park Drive, North Little Rock, AR
What was that address again? 100 Riverfront Park Drive, North Little Rock, AR | Source
Entrance to the parking areas for the North Shore Maritime Center
Entrance to the parking areas for the North Shore Maritime Center | Source
Parking is restricted. There are so many activities and things to do, sometimes parking becomes a creative endevor
Parking is restricted. There are so many activities and things to do, sometimes parking becomes a creative endevor | Source
Junction Bridge with the roof of the Martime Museum
Junction Bridge with the roof of the Martime Museum | Source
The Junction Bridge, the Arkansas River, and the River Market Pavillion visible on the Little Rock side of the river
The Junction Bridge, the Arkansas River, and the River Market Pavillion visible on the Little Rock side of the river | Source

I Recommend Not Wearing a Dress on the Tour.

As I is sort through the over 200 photos I took of this amazing tour, I catch the scents of diesel fluid, testosterone, and sweat drifting up from the front of my cotton, floral, summer dress.

Even though a summer dress is a cooler way to spend a day ranging in the triple digits; (with no zeroes), shorts or pantaloons should go under the dress.

The tour consists of groups of service persons, individuals and families. Children 5 and up may be in the tour. Keep it "G" rated. If you insist on wearing a dress to climb down into the submarine, at least wear cute panties, because everyone will see them.

North Shore Inland Maritime Museum

A visit to the North Shore Inland Maritime Museum can be too much to be done in one day. If you have a couple of days, stretch the tour into two days. There is so much to see, so much to observe, that it would not be a bad idea to take several tours of the USS Razorback, submarine.

The actual museum can be one whole visit. The collection and artifacts are voluminous.

For those who have aging parents who participated in WWII, this would be a memorable experience.


Walking down to the dock of the USS Razorback

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The Anchors and other parts of these ocean & river going vessels are huge. The gun is located before the entrance, unattached from the USS RazorbackInformational sign re an Anchor from the USS Arkansas ( a different ship)In order to successfully participate in the tour, one must be able to step through these metal doorways. Lilly practicedSigneage lets the incoming visitor understand the doorways and hatches that must be manuvered A tourist must be able to fit down this hole on a metal ladder. The one going down is 10', up is 14'.The women's bathroom in the tour office. Hey, it is cool. Days and hours of operationInformation regarding the tour, rules and responsibilitiesUpclose of one of the signsBefore the tour, Lilly cannot help capture the USS Razorback, with the Arkansas River and the Junction Bridge in the backgroundYou are here. There is wheelchair access to much of the tour, but not down into the USS Razorback
The Anchors and other parts of these ocean & river going vessels are huge.
The Anchors and other parts of these ocean & river going vessels are huge. | Source
The gun is located before the entrance, unattached from the USS Razorback
The gun is located before the entrance, unattached from the USS Razorback | Source
Informational sign re an Anchor from the USS Arkansas ( a different ship)
Informational sign re an Anchor from the USS Arkansas ( a different ship) | Source
In order to successfully participate in the tour, one must be able to step through these metal doorways. Lilly practiced
In order to successfully participate in the tour, one must be able to step through these metal doorways. Lilly practiced | Source
Signeage lets the incoming visitor understand the doorways and hatches that must be manuvered
Signeage lets the incoming visitor understand the doorways and hatches that must be manuvered | Source
A tourist must be able to fit down this hole on a metal ladder. The one going down is 10', up is 14'.
A tourist must be able to fit down this hole on a metal ladder. The one going down is 10', up is 14'. | Source
The women's bathroom in the tour office. Hey, it is cool.
The women's bathroom in the tour office. Hey, it is cool. | Source
Days and hours of operation
Days and hours of operation | Source
Information regarding the tour, rules and responsibilities
Information regarding the tour, rules and responsibilities | Source
Upclose of one of the signs
Upclose of one of the signs | Source
Before the tour, Lilly cannot help capture the USS Razorback, with the Arkansas River and the Junction Bridge in the background
Before the tour, Lilly cannot help capture the USS Razorback, with the Arkansas River and the Junction Bridge in the background | Source
You are here. There is wheelchair access to much of the tour, but not down into the USS Razorback
You are here. There is wheelchair access to much of the tour, but not down into the USS Razorback | Source

USS Razorback

© 2012 Lori J Latimer

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lions44 2 years ago from Auburn, WA

If you had told me that Arkansas had a maritime museum, I would of thought you were crazy. But I learned something today and will look up the record of the USS Arkansas. Thx Voted up.


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LillyGrillzit 2 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

I cannot speak for my mental status, but indeed we have a Maritime Museum. The USS Razorback is not a Hog, it is a Fish - It is a very interesting tour. Thank you for the read and the vote up.

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