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USS Potomac

540 Water St, Oakland, CA 94607
510 627 1215
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Ranked #11 of 47 attractions in Oakland
Type: Ships, Specialty Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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65 reviews 65 reviews
11 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Oakland, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Restored presidential yacht of FDR, an awesome boat and great ride. We went over to Angel Island and back, great water views of Oakland and San Francisco, and more cozy that a big ferry.

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Truth be told, I'm a long-time docent on this ship (15 years), so I'm a bit biased. We've hosted people from all over the US and, in fact, have had many visitors from almost every country in the world, and everyone gets something out of it.

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San Francisco Bay Area
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7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

This is the way to spend the evening of 4th of July and capture the best fireworks display in the Bay Area! The Potomac took us out for a cruise just as the day was drawing to a close and the lights on the Bay Bridge starting twinkling to life. With expert driving, the Captain brought us to the perfect... More

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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

Super expensive! Felt like I was paying for a cruise to Europe when all I was doing was walking around a yacht.

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SF, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

If you go on a dinner cruise, as we did, on election night on the Oakland and SF Bays and under the Golden Gate Bridge when the weather is good and the sky full of stars (and a meteor shower), this is a terrific experience. But I guess that could be had by any boat under those conditions. This boat... More

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