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USS Potomac

540 Water St, Oakland, CA 94607
510 627 1215
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Ranked #14 of 56 Attractions in Oakland
Type: Ships, Specialty Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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English first
SF Bay Area
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

If you liked the Churchill Museum and War Rooms in London, you'll want to visit this historic vessel, the former Presidential Yacht of FDR. It is well curated and presented by the dedicated volunteer docents. While in Jack London Square don't pass up a chance to have lunch or dinner at one of the many nearby restaurants that everyone is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

One can do nothing but learn and appreciate the views from here as well ..close by also is the lightship Relief and that is also a good learning spot took my grand son when only three here years ago (8 Now) time to take him back so he can learn more and keep history fun...both can be visited in one... More

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Springboro, Ohio
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54 reviews 54 reviews
31 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

If you are interested in presidential history this is a great visit. Even the children will enjoy it. See a video and then tour the ship. I would like to go back some day and take a cruse.

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Oakland, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Take this opportunity to see what the inside of a presidential yacht looks like. The ship is in good shape and has a great story to tell. Fun for the whole family.

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Fremont, California
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767 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

We went out on the USS Potomac summer of 2013 to see the America's Cup races. Docents were on board to show us the boat and take us on the tour. It was a very nice event with catered food and wine and other beverages. The America's Cup Race was thrilling to see from the USS Potomac. The USS Potomac... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

By exterior appearances, it doesn't appear worth the trip. However, don't let the looks deceive you. The Museum staff -- mostly retired military men -- give a great tour and can answer almost every question. It's always small groups with a tour guide and I had a one on one tour and really enjoyed it. The ship has a lot... More

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Antioch, California
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

The Folks that volunteer their time and energy to keep telling the story that is USS POTOMAC are "Top Shelf"! When so many groups from all walks of life can come together with one goal in mind; TODAY IS ALL ABOUT THE KIDS. It was one of the best experiences of a lifetime! So many people to mention/thank.... The Oakland... More

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Etna, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

To be able to tour a Presidential Yacht is very cool. Do check the hours of operation before you go, as they are not always open. I think it is seasonal.

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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

We were staying at The Waterfront Hotel and right next door in the harbor was this historic yacht that President Franklin Roosevelt made famous. We did not go on, but it was a real delight just to see it moored there.

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Oakland CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Lovingly restored and sporting enthusiastic, knowledgeable volunteer docents and a FASCINATING history, be sure to get a least a dockside of this vessel while you are at Jack London Square!

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