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

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A Tour you must Do

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Livermore, California
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Livermore, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

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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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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408 reviews 408 reviews
64 attraction reviews
194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
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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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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49 reviews 49 reviews
21 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction 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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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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62 reviews 62 reviews
32 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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