History tends to repeat itself, which means there’s a good chance you’ll get run over by another war elephant. Admire what history has taught us through our water-based warriors with today’s Groupon to the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce. Choose from the following options:
- For $8, you get admission for two (a $16 value).
- For $12, you get admission for three (a $24 value).
- For $16, you get admission for four (a $32 value).
The National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum arms academically thirsty attendees with an Acme anvil’s worth of knowledge, detailing the waterlogged history of an elite military enterprise. Engage the facilities perimeter to gaze upon the majestic and moving Navy SEAL Memorial honoring six wars worth of fallen warriors or gain access to an authentic four-man sub compartment, sailing imaginary seas in your mind's eye while playing imaginary punch-buggy in your mind's funny bone. Inside, visitors can bask in the glory of Medals of Honor earned during the SEALs near 70-year existence, investigate intricate dioramas and models, and engage with plaques honoring every platoon of Frogmen to date and their intramural-kickball victories. The institution expounds the United States Naval Special Warfare Command’s recorded history within its walls, beginning with underwater-demolition training that began in Fort Pierce itself and finishing with the continued tales of the Desert Storm and Afghanistan campaigns. Those looking to continue their learning quest in the peace of quiet of home or snail-pace rollercoasters may saddle up at the Ship’s Store, stocked with memorabilia and educational materials that add factual brawn to slender brains.
National Navy UDT–SEAL Museum
Almost 70 years ago, the first U.S. Navy frogmen began underwater demolitions training in the waters around Fort Pierce. Commissioned through an act of Congress and the signature of the president, the National Navy UDT–SEAL Museum now stands where these first training sessions began and documents the evolution of the first volunteers into today's Navy SEALs. Exhibits honor the predecessors to the SEAL program and display artifacts and equipment from combat, including Apollo training vehicles, a Vietnam-era ”Huey” helicopter, and the SEALs' unique water vehicles powered by hardworking seahorses. Also on display are all 10,000 pounds of the fiberglass lifeboat from the 2009 hostage rescue of Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama following its hijacking by Somalian pirates. Visitors can also view WWII training obstacles rescued from the ocean floor or take in the names of fallen heroes as they walk on memorial bricks donated by the friends and family of former SEALs. In addition to documenting and honoring past soldiers, the National Navy UTD–SEAL Museum also reaches out to living veterans through their reunions and their partnership with the Wheelchairs for Warriors program.