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USS Potomac

540 Water St, Oakland, CA 94607
510 627 1215
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Ranked #14 of 54 attractions in Oakland
Type: Ships, Specialty Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Oakland, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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744 reviews 744 reviews
379 attraction reviews
702 helpful votes 702 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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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
17 helpful votes 17 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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8 reviews 8 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
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
14 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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17 attraction reviews
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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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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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