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“Great piece of US Naval history!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Battleship USS Iowa BB-61

Battleship USS Iowa BB-61
250 S Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA 90733
877-446-9261
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Ranked #7 of 310 Attractions in Los Angeles
Type: Military Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Experience the Battleship of Presidents - USS Iowa. Explore the West Coast's only Battleship - USS Iowa. An adventure on board takes you on a memorable family experience through World War II, Korean War, and Cold War; following in footsteps of sailors that lived on the most powerful warship built to date. Visitors tour six decks of wood & steel and numerous exhibits on the Battleship that hosted three U.S. Presidents during her service as a symbol of democracy. The USS Iowa is located at the L.A. Waterfront, former home to the US Navy Battleship fleet and an area rich in Maritime History. Battleship IOWA hosts fun seasonal events throughout the year such as the Memorial Day Festival, Independence Day Celebration, Veterans Appreciation Day & more! The IOWA also offers private guided & group tours, school field trips, corporate outings and special event venues. Battleship IOWA is open everyday (except Thanksgiving & Christmas) from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, with the last boarding and ticket sales at 4:00 pm.
Corona, CA
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“Great piece of US Naval history!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013 via mobile

I had a great time. The ship is very impressive. I'm looking forward to more of the ship opening to have another reason to go back!

Visited May 2013
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Manhattan Beach, CA
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“What fun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

We brought our two oldest grandsons (ages 6 & 8) to the tour. They had an excellent time visiting the USS Iowa! Happy it has made Long Beach it's home!

Visited June 2012
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Nampa, Idaho
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“Living History Lesson”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

I loved the tour of the USS Iowa. This is a great historical ship. I especially want to complement the men and women staffing the ship. The guides are knowledgeable, friendly and really amusing. Be warned though, this tour may not be suitable for small children or elderly visitors. The stairways on a battleship are steep. Although well maintained, hazards exist.
Some food and drink is available, but restrooms are located on the dock.
Views of the harbor and San Pedro from the ship are wonderful.

Visited May 2013
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Herculaneum, MO
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“Bringing out the child in all of us!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

When I was a child, my favorite toy was a Battleship. From the moment that I stepped aboard the U.S.S. Iowa, I felt as though I had somehow been miniaturized and placed onto that ship. Only this was no toy. This was the real deal. A piece of history that served during WW II, The Korean War and finally after being upgraded with missile launchers, and other high tech devices, it cruised the seas during The Cold War. For my $18.00 admission, I was essentially set free to roam on a self guided tour taking as much time as I cared to in each area that was open for public viewing. Several guides were stationed along the way and were very open to any questions that I had. The exhibit is not yet accessible for the disabled and you have to be able to climb up and down ladders to the various decks. There is a gift shop and various opportunities for refreshments to be had along the way as well.
Only those who journeyed on this great vessel can know what it felt like to do so. Likewise, it is one thing to have seen her 16 inch guns and another thing to have heard them. I am very proud and grateful to be an American and even more proud of those who serve our country, in the past, the present and in the future.

Visited May 2013
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Sierra Madre, California
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“Authentic Battleship”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

My husband is a history buff, so we went last weekend to tour the battleship. But I found it very interesting too even tho history is not my thing. They have knowledgeable guides stationed around the ship that can answer your questions and share interesting facts about the ship's history and its tours. They could probably use a few more descriptive signs along the way to explain things. See if you can find the typo on one sign. The guide told me only about one person a week points it out. Not all of the ship is open yet, but there are plans to open up more of the ship and have more tours of the different areas on board, so check the website to see when that will happen. Please note it is colder on the deck and much of the open ship is outside, so quite chilly compared to the inland temperatures. It took us about one hour to see the whole ship. There is no public restroom on the ship, but there are port a potties outside before you board. Also lots of ladder like steep stairs up and down, so not for the un-agile.

Visited May 2013
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