We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

USS Pampanito

Certificate of Excellence
Neighborhood:
Fisherman’s Wharf
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Neighborhoods
Neighborhoods
Get directions
Address: Pier 45 @ Fisherman Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: 415-775-1943
Website
Today
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Thu 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Description: World War II submarine docked at Pier 45.

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 228 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 114
    Excellent
  • 85
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Great insight to a WW2 submariner

We stumbled upon this by accident at Pier 45 while exploring the San Francisco wharf area. I was glad we did. We did the audio tour which I highly recommend. It gives a great... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
Ryan W
,
Surfers Paradise, Australia
Add Photo Write a Review

228 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Surfers Paradise, Australia
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We stumbled upon this by accident at Pier 45 while exploring the San Francisco wharf area. I was glad we did. We did the audio tour which I highly recommend. It gives a great amount of information about the submarine and each area of it, including the reason for the broom on the top of the conning tower in my... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This was an awesome experience if you like history. I strongly recommend this for all ages. The sub is rich in culture and history.

Was this review helpful? Yes
La Canada Flintridge, California
Top Contributor
130 reviews 130 reviews
40 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Must see this WW2 sub, makes sub movies come alive Very compelling, Unique Know how sub crews felt & faced. For all ages. Must for Veterans. Not for handicapped persons, cant accomodate down hatches & into spaces. with canes Yes, walkers No. Fine for shore use.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Redwood City, California
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
29 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

I loved the USS Pampanito, my brother was terrified though and we kept pushing the buttons because he would scream and freak out thinking that we were going to explode or something. It was hilarious. Very tight obviously. Not for claustrophobic people.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Newcastle
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

I had visited the USS Pampanito before, but had not rented the AUDIO TOUR.......this time I did and what a difference it made! It turned an "interesting" tour into one that brought the whole experience to life! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND opting for the audio tour for a mere $3 additional tour....

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Whitehorse, Yukon
Top Contributor
175 reviews 175 reviews
51 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Well worth the nominal fee to tour this submarine - it is well restored and a realistic experience of the history of the role of these subs in WWII. We were lucky that it wasn't too busy when we were there so plenty of time to see it all and get a full feel of the experience. Appreciate all the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Sydney
Top Contributor
116 reviews 116 reviews
99 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

For a few dollars more you get a MP3 player with audio commentary. It's worth it. You won't get the background or as much atmosphere without it. That being said, this was an immersive, impressive and moving experience. It conveys the dangers and the difficulties the submariners experienced. The sub has been well-preserved. Kudos to the volunteer ex-submariners you will... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Belfast, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
154 reviews 154 reviews
48 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

What a place! If you, like I, are into subs this is a must. The Pampanito is a WW2 submarine with full access to its innards and with very informative descriptions. going through the decks makes you appreciate how tough the silent service was and how constrained the space had to be to accommodate the crew and weapons. I was... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cedarburg, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Interesting tour of WWII submarine. Definitely do the audio tour as that's the only way to really know what you're looking at. Also try to go either early or late to avoid crowds. The space is very compact and with too many people it's hard to see things and move around.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Christchurch, New Zealand
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Walking though this world war 2 US submarine was certainly interesting if not expensive, it was $12 to enter and if you want the audio tour is another $3, the tour only takes about 15 mins

Was this review helpful? Yes

Been to USS Pampanito? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of USS Pampanito and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from USS Pampanito staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?

Staying in Fisherman’s Wharf

Neighborhood Profile
Fisherman’s Wharf
Packed with family-friendly entertainment, quality hotels, and good food, there's something for everyone at Fisherman's Wharf. From street performers and historic cable cars to art galleries and museums, a postcard-worthy photo is available on every corner. Bring your appetite: seafood lovers will be rewarded with Dungeness crab and sourdough bread bowls, while Ghirardelli Square will satiate anyone's sweet tooth after a day at Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Don't forget to say hello to the adorable sea lions that make this neighborhood a true San Francisco treat.
Explore this neighborhood