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USS Pampanito

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Fisherman’s Wharf
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Address: Pier 45 @ Fisherman Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: 415-775-1943
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

World War II submarine docked at Pier 45.

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I've always been fascinated by submarines in movies, and where else would you be able to actually tour one? It was a unique experience to be able to tour such a historic vehicle... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Jeff R
Stittsville, Canada

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Stittsville, Canada
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149 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I've always been fascinated by submarines in movies, and where else would you be able to actually tour one? It was a unique experience to be able to tour such a historic vehicle, and to actually experience firsthand the cramped dimensions for a short time. This is an experience for anyone who is curious about submarines or life aboard them,... More 

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Livermore, California
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Let's get the negatives out of the way first. Those who are mobility challenged can not be accommodated. Those who are very large in size may have difficulty negotiating the narrow passageways and hatches. Those who are claustrophobic might have some misgivings moving through the cramped, confined spaces. Still reading? Good. The WWII vintage Pampanito is one of the very... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did this tour this week. Was very interesting to see inside this sub. You get to see most of it. Unfortunately its a little on the expensive side as it only takes about 30 mins to go thru, but defiantly worth doing.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing to see what a sub in WW2 was like. Impressive that it could work with all mechanics. No computers in those days... The audio tour made it fascinating. Without it, it would not have been the same. The tour took about 30 minutes? Perfect length.

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Heidelberg, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you've seen 'Das Boot' you know how it must feel to be aboard such a ship. This one is almost completely accessible and nicely kept in perfect condition. The hatches between sections could be too narrow for some people, and don't go in if you're claustrophobic. The most amazing sensation was how the ship slowly sways from side to... More 

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Grass Valley, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were visiting SF for Fleet Week and were looking for a good place to view the Blue Angels. We got some discount tickets on groupon for the USS Pamanito. The tour was fun, it not short, but there were docents on board to give out info and interesting. We ended up on the deck after the tour to see... More 

Thank Aileen H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As an old sailor myself I thought that this attraction was absolutely magnificent,a fantastic back view of the past

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I got my tickets from Groupon last year. Our calendar was full and we didn't get the chance to visit until the last weekend that we can use it😁 The timing was perfect because it's the same weekend as the Fleetweek in SF. We were lucky to have an unobstructed view of the exhibition from the FWD Main Deck. Our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

I got there very early and was the only one on the submarine. It was really interesting and they give you a free audio tour with the tick price which I think was about $15.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

I visited San Francisco with my 18yo son and we had planned to visit the Pampanito based on previous reviews. It really gives you a sense of life on-board a submarine (cramped). It's relatively quick to do the tour so if you have a spare 30-45 minutes (assuming there are no large crowds or queues) then it is well worth... More 

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