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USS Pampanito

Pier 45 @ Fisherman Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133
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Ranked #47 of 361 attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Specialty Museums, Military Museums, Ships
Traveler Description: USS Pampanito (SS-383) museum and memorial is open for visitors at Fisherman's Wharf. The  submarine patrolled the Pacific during World War II... more »
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Fort Irwin, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

I have never experienced anything like my tour of the USS Pampanito. We purchased a groupon, so getting in was cheap and so worth it. They also have audio tours which cost an extra $3; we didn't do that, though. My husband and I both really enjoyed the tour and I can say now that I have a much greater... More

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Summerville, South Carolina, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

My love of military history brought me to the USS Pampanito during one of my visits to San Francisco. I have been on other submarines but this one was truly impressive. The interior of the sub is meticulously clean and polished. You will be convinced you could take it on a mission at a moments notice! The audio tour is... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

We were in the middle of a very rainy day, so my son and I decided it would be a perfect time to go tour the ships. The Pampanito is a fantastic experience, but the audio tour is a MUST. The extra $3 for the audio makes all of the difference. My twelve year old's attention was held by the... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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190 helpful votes 190 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014 via mobile

This was an interesting attraction but not one of my top sights in SF. I would have been more enthusiastic if I had not been on a submarine before. I recommend the audio tour, which adds a lot of information and is only an extra $3. There are no signs inside the sub, so you might not get much without... More

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New York City, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Step back in time and see what it was like to be on a submarine in WW2. How did these guys live on this thing since it is so small? Cramped living and working conditions. My family and I kept asking ourselves how did they do it and how brave they were to agree to go underwater in a submarine.

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Zagreb, Croatia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

This piece of history is best visiting with an audio guide explaining parts of the submarine. Wonderful virtual tour of the boat is also available on the web for additional preparation. The exhibit is in excellent state of preservation inside. For the outside it requires a dry dock work which is due this year. To my regret there is no... More

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utah, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

This is a real submarine from WWII that sunk 6 Japanese ships and wounded 4. It was really cool to get to tour through the submarine and see everything. We didn't notice the option until we were already in, but you may want to consider paying for the audio tour.

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San Jose, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Not sure if it was worth the money but we can say we did it. We learned a lot on the dock before even going into the sub. I would not recommend this for people who have fear of small spaces, it is a submarine and it is cramped. I was very glad that there were not a lot of... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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70 reviews 70 reviews
30 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Exploring the interior of a WWII submarine is like a trip back in time. I spent the better part of an hour examining the interior of this sub. I didn't do the guided tour but I probably should have and would suggest one do it if you have the time. The smell is unique in some respects, other than the... More

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New York City, New York
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8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014 via mobile

I went on the walking tour without audio. Very cool but rather scary navigating across the top of the submarine especially with the choppy water rocking the sub back and forth and just a thin wire to hold on to. Inside you are transported into another era of time. Amazing to see the living conditions of those sailors back when... More

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