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USS Pampanito

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Address: Pier 45 @ Fisherman Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: 415-775-1943
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Description: World War II submarine docked at Pier 45.

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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 14, 2015
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Redwood City, California
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Redwood City, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 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.

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Newcastle
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17 helpful votes 17 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....

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Whitehorse, Yukon
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175 reviews 175 reviews
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93 helpful votes 93 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 

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Sydney
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55 helpful votes 55 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 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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43 helpful votes 43 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 

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Cedarburg, Wisconsin
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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.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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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

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Ifs fascinating to explore a "real" submarine when visiting the Fisherman Wharf area of San Francisco. The submarine did six war patrols from 1944 to 1945. It was interesting to see the submarine exhibits and how they lived on the submarine. The submarine continued to serve as a training ship from 1960 to 1971.

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

If you are spending time near pier 45 you should visit the USS Pampanito. When you pay the fee for this attraction you will get a leaflet about it and a set of headphones with audio comentary so that you will understand more about what you are seeing. Remember that a submarine has door hatches that require you to be... More 

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Saskatchewan, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014 via mobile

While mooching around Fisherman's Wharf wee spied this diesel submarine and decided to take a gander. I have always had an interest in military history and equipment and had never been on a submarine before so figured, what the hell. We paid the $3 extra for the audio tour which was money well spent. The audio tour contains actual interviews... More 

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