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USS Pampanito

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Address: Pier 45 @ Fisherman Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: 415-775-1943
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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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.

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World War II Submarine Preserved

Many years have passed since the 1940's but there are still some fantastic artifacts out there that tell a remarkable story. The USS Pampanito is an extremely well preserved... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Denver, Colorado
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Many years have passed since the 1940's but there are still some fantastic artifacts out there that tell a remarkable story. The USS Pampanito is an extremely well preserved diesel sub (Balao class) that saw service in the Pacific, sinking six Japanese ships and damaging four others. It is 311 feet long. This is the only WW II sub open... More 

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Anacortes, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Just getting a first hand feel of the living conditions of fellas back in the day, that had to spend significant amounts of time on a sub like this, was great. The audio portion worked really well and did help "bring to life" the tour. My grandfather served in the Army in WWII, he was a light tank driver and... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

There are very few subs available all over the world on public display. I had missed visiting the one in Vizag due to odd opening timings but this opportunity at SF i didn't want to miss. The entry ticket was $15 including the audio guide ($12 + $3), quite recommended. The sub was open till 1730 hrs for the public.... More 

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12 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

The USS Pampanito is a diesel-electric submarine that did six tours in the Pacific during World War II. This floating museum provides one of the very few examples of a vintage submarine accessible to the public. Bunk beds over torpedos next to launch tubes provide visitors with a sense of just how confined spaces were in this warship. Well worth... More 

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Lakeland, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We toured the Pampanito this afternoon and paid to have the audio portion. Without the audio your going to miss out on alot. The attendant was very helpful and friendly. The sub is just how it was in WWII. You are allowed to freely walk about the ship and touch and turn all of the knobs. Even if your not... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We did not know about this submarine beforehand but we came across it by accident and knew that we had to tour it seeing you dont often get the oppournity to tour a real submarine. It was very interesting walking through the sub and seeing all the different rooms from the engine room to seeing how cramped together everything was... More 

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Milford, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

it is always amazing to tour one of htese submarines. Amazing the conditions and space that the crew operated in, and the pure function of the vessel. Should not miss this chance to see this ship.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

My family and I did this while in the Fishermans Warf area. It was $25 for a family pass and honestly I'm so glad we went for it. Mad respect for those who did and do this as a career. You just can't beat the experience. I felt like I was in the movie Hunt for Red October. My 15... More 

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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 

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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.

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