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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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Sun 12:00 pm - 3:30 am
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour

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Fantastic old ship, excellent bay cruises and views.

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Citrus Heights, California
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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
8 helpful votes 8 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
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
20 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Oakland, California
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69 reviews 69 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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2,381 reviews 2,381 reviews
1,468 attraction reviews
1,363 helpful votes 1,363 helpful votes
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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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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