Explore Your Area – The Navy SEAL Museum – Florida Treasure Coast

I’ve lived on the Treasure Coast for the past 10 years and had never been to the Navy SEAL Museum. How is that possible?

This summer, like many families, we are planning on staying in our area and exploring ways to learn more about our community while staying safe.

One of my first thoughts before we go anywhere these days is GERMS. What precautions do I need to take, what precautions are they taking, how do I keep my kids safe when we leave the house?

I was relieved that I saw this as we were walking in. So I knew what the expectations were and I could quickly remind my kids what we needed to do.

Something I noticed as we walked in is that the staff had all matching masks/buffs – my husband even mentioned he wanted one because they were so neat and different. It made me wonder if this is the kind of souvenir people will grab this summer. No longer a t-shirt but a mask.

The way the museum is set up is that it starts with the most recent historical evens and works it’s way backward to the beginning of the SEAL program, which was originally called the Frogmen.

It’s amazing to think that my kids don’t have firsthand memories of 9/11. I know a lot of parents feel that way, because it doesn’t feel that long ago. But the museum has beams that were from the Twin Towers and I was surprised that I became a bit emotional at that display.

Everything at the museum has been used in the field. Nothing is a replica. If it is there it is something that had real wear and tear on it. As we looked at the vehicles and aircraft, it was fun to imagine the SEALs that had used the machinery and talk about how it was used.

There are also plenty of pictures and videos that help paint a picture for younger kids. I mean, I loved the pictures too.

From January 1943 to February 1946, more than 3,600 young American volunteers trained in Fort Pierce as members of Naval Combat Demolition Units and Underwater Demolition Teams. The term “frogmen” originated when UDTs began operating as combat swimmers trained to avoid enemy fire. – Hartford Courant

All of the museums touch screens have now been turned into QR readers, so make sure to have your phone or iPad with you to get the full experience.

For a full list of current displays check out the official Navy SEALS Museum here.

There are also a lot of outside displays. Some of the boats are interactive, the boys enjoyed climbing aboard and asking tons of questions that only kids would ask. It is quite cute how their minds work.

Make sure to wear closed toed shoes and athletic clothes if you are interested in a SEAL opstical course.

Modeled after the Obstacle Course in Coronado, which all BUD/S candidates are required to master, the O-Course has many of the very same obstacles. Test your skill, agility, and strength against some of the toughest and most rigorous obstacles to be found anywhere. – Navy SEAL Museum

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