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“Nice history, but not that much to see” 3 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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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.
St. Albans, United Kingdom
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“Nice history, but not that much to see”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

It was nice to see all 70 years history of this ship, specially its far journey to Persian Gulf with President Roosevelt to join Tehran conference.
But not more ... It will be good place to visit with family if you have already visited more attractive attractions in LA!

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“It's not every day you get to see a battleship...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

...Unless you're in the armed forces, or you happen to work on or near an attraction like the USS Iowa! I highly recommend seeing this ship. According to their pamphlet, it's the only one of it's kind that will be on the west coast. There's a bit of climbing up/down ladders and stairs, and a fair amount of walking to do, but it can all be done at a leisurely pace. Towards the end, there's a small theatre where you can sit and watch a few short films about military ships and the USS Iowa. One of them sums up this experience fairly succinctly saying you don't need to know much about military history or warships to immediately understand the power and presence of a battleship. Truly awe-inspiring.

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Albuquerque NM
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“fascinating historical warship”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

If you have any interest in historical warships, you absolutely must visit this ship. This is actually the second Iowa-class battleship I have visited, the first being the USS New Jersey in Camden, NJ. One doesn't appreciate how huge and powerful the Iowa-class battleships were until one stands next to the turrets.

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Lancaster, California
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“Father's Day Outing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

The USS Iowa has been in San Pedro for one year and is still undergoing restoration and expansion. It is in amazing condition and is so easy to tour. The docents were soooo informative and eager to share their first hand experiences and tales of war. We were fascinated and learned so much. Our favorite spot was the Captain's quarters where President's Franklin Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush were hosted as they traveled and visited on the Iowa for various occasions. It was wonderful to see folks of all ages (children and seniors) enjoying this amazing ship and being educated about life in the Navy at war. It is easy to imagine the men running to their stations, the guns being fired and ceremonies taking place. There are many "ladders" to climb up and down, wearing comfortable shoes is recommended, but my senior parents were able to manage them easily. My family will definitely return as new exhibits are opened. Tickets can be purchased online for a discounted price. Also, don't forget to take a few minutes to watch the action in the port from the deck-we saw container ships enter and exit the harbor which was an extra treat and really amazing to see.

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Colorado Springs
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“Awesome history in person.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

The USS Iowa is in very good condition (except for the decking, which is being replaced). The self-guided tour was easy to follow. There are docents (guides that stay in a particular area and offer information or answer questions) that are very knowledgeable and most of them served on either the Iowa or one of her sister ships (Iowa is the name of this one and the class of battleships). The price ($18 in summer 2013, discounts for seniors, kids, etc.) was very reasonable. It took me about two hours to do the whole tour. The only downside is that you do not get to see the lower decks where the ammunition and powder magazines are, except for a few places where you can look down through a series of holes in the decks (trunks?).

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