My family went to the retired ship on Memorial Day this year and yes it was busy. However, this was our second trip, as we bought the year pass last year when we went. Which wasn't too bad. So, I was glad for one to use the passes again. And two, we were able to take our veteran friend from the Air Force to see it also. He really enjoyed it. We did too. It is right across from some of the loading berths in long beach. Those are a sight to see also. The tours on the U.S.S Iowa are self guided, though there are guides standing throughout the ship giving you bits of information. You can stand & listen as much our as little as you want. Which is nice. The only bad part is being stuck behind the people who want to stand and listen to it ALL. So, you kind of have to navigate around these people if you want to listen a little and just look and read about it all. Overall, it is a good experience for the family. With a gift shop and video to watch down inside, it's a nice trip to make.
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