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USS Pampanito

Pier 45 @ Fisherman Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133
415-775-1943
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Ranked #49 of 375 attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Wantagh, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This WWII submarine is docked at Pier 45 right next to the warship SS Jeremiah O'Brien. We didn't have time to do both but chose the sub because we had never been on one. What a unique experience! You can walk all the way through the vessel, climb through the narrow doorways, and get up close and personal with the... More

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Calgary, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We visited the Sub while in the San Francisco area. The sub is amazing and it was a great value for a family. Overall great experience but I did think the flags on the sub need repair or replacement as they we not in great shape and a few were tore which to me seems a bit disrespectful to the... More

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

In the tourist hell that is pier 39 this was a welcome respite, some history, some interest and some major hardware, very cool to be able to walk through the sub from stern to bow, see the torpedoes and tubes and how cramped living there must have been. The only thing that would have improved it would have been someone... More

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London, England
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133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We were wandering around Fisherman’s wharf and found it generally disappointing; we then visited the USS Pampanito. This was excellent and worth the visit for both the story of the submarine itself and also as a reminder of the sacrifice made by those who fought in the Pacific.

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Hilliard, Ohio
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This is a fascinating tour for any history buff. The self-guided tour consisted of an MP3 player with headset that prompted you to proceed from area to area, explaining what you are looking at and little stories about Navy life. The tour would not have been a fraction as interesting or relevant without the self-guided narration. It is quite an... More

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Cambridge, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Great eye opener for our children! They were astonished when seeing the way the sailors lived for 80 days. The facts and history made it a worthy stop.

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Tracy, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

After our amusing visit to the Musée Mécanique (reviewed) on Pier 45, we walked out the back door of the museum which is a “waterfront dock” and you can either go take in another tour or continue on the wharf for some enjoyable cocktails or dining at one of the many sit down restaurants, which our family has come familiar... More

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Richardson, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile

Tips: 1) Do the audio tour 2) Find a Groupon to save some scratch 3) Hope a former sailor is on board to provide color and insight into the workings of a sub. My girlfriend had never been on a sub and was kinda unsure about what this tour. She was pleasantly surprised by how original the boat was and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile

This submarine was nearly as good as the Uss Missouri at peal harbour which really amazed me. I would also like to go back and see the other ship parked next the Uss pampanito

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Dayton, Ohio
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I would definitely recommend spending the extra $3 to get the audio tour, otherwise you won't get the full experience or know what you're looking at. The day we toured the boat, former sailors were on board answering questions and sharing stories - great touch!

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