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Address: 540 Water St, Oakland, CA 94607
Phone Number: 510 627 1215
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Sun 12:00 pm - 3:30 am
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour

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Great History. Great Views. Great Ride.

The yacht is beautiful and full of history. The views of the bridges, San Francisco, the islands and Marin are spectacular.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
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Sacramento, California, United States
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Sacramento, California, United States
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65 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

The yacht is beautiful and full of history. The views of the bridges, San Francisco, the islands and Marin are spectacular.

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Sonoma, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

I can't think of a better way to spend a Northern California evening than sipping a lovely assortment of wines while cruising the Bay on the USS Potomac, FDR's historic presidential yacht. See breathtaking views of San Francisco, watch the sun sinking, munch on cheeses and fruits (not to mention killer cookies). Take a tour with one of the knowledgeable... More 

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Livermore, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We arrived on a Saturday afternoon and were surprised to be offered a tour on-the-spot by a member of the Potomac's crew. He showed us the entire ship, and threw in some history regarding FDR as well. The public can rent the Potomac (w/crew) for a three hour cruise or you can take one of the regularly scheduled cruises. An... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Not very many Presidential yachts. This one has a lot of FDR memorabilia and it is a lot of fun to tour. Very well preserved. Take the cruise if available. The Bay is always a neat sight. Lots of near-by excellent restaurants.

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Santa Ana, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We were the first folks there in the morning on a Friday, and it turned out to be a great experience. First we got a chance to see the movie which more or less explains the history of the ship, and then we had the tour. The docent/fellow who took us through (his name was Bud) was an ex-Navy fellow,... More 

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Citrus Heights, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Great family experience. Plenty of helpful and informative docents on board. Crew is very knowledgeable. Views are fantastic. Bring a coat, especially in the summer.

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This yacht is located at Jack London Square (a jewel of Oakland). The yacht was President F.D. Roosevelt's during his presidency. It has been completely refurbished and is open for tours and can be booked for bay trips. We have gone on it for special occasions and it is an historical and fun thing to do. The visitor's center has... More 

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We visited the USS Potomac with our homeowners group awhile back and absolutely enjoyed our cruise on SF Bay while absorbing history first hand - such a wonderful experience + every time we are at Jack London Square, we can stop by & see it again & again :)

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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The USS Potomac is a fun boat to walk around and hear tales of FDR days aboard. And taking a local cruise on the bay or to Sacto is even better.

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SF Bay Area
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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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