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“Worth a visit for History Buffs” 4 of 5 stars
Review of USS Potomac

USS Potomac
540 Water St, Oakland, CA 94607
510 627 1215
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Ranked #11 of 48 Attractions in Oakland
Type: Ships, Specialty Museums, Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
“Worth a visit for History Buffs”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

By exterior appearances, it doesn't appear worth the trip. However, don't let the looks deceive you. The Museum staff -- mostly retired military men -- give a great tour and can answer almost every question. It's always small groups with a tour guide and I had a one on one tour and really enjoyed it.

The ship has a lot of history --- from being FDR's presidential yacht to once being owned by Elvis Presley. I was disappointed that I couldn't get out one of the cruises. Book ahead for them if you can!

If you take the ferry to San Francisco, it's right by the Oakland ferry dock in Jack London Square so really convenient too.

Visited November 2013
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Antioch, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Oakland's Children's Hospital, Cruising for Kids!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

The Folks that volunteer their time and energy to keep telling the story that is USS POTOMAC are "Top Shelf"!
When so many groups from all walks of life can come together with one goal in mind; TODAY IS ALL ABOUT THE KIDS. It was one of the best experiences of a lifetime! So many people to mention/thank.... The Oakland Police Dept Boat's for escorting our FLEET of 10 Classic Yachts, dating back to the 1920's. The San Francisco Fire Dept, Fire boat "PHOENIX" with Her water cannons at full blast, the Children and Family's LOVED!! Again the TEAM from the USS POTOMAC ORG, all the CYA Boat owner's and Family members. All the people and organizations that donated supplys and the fund's to make this event happen. A Very special Thank You to this year's Classic Yacht Association's Commodore and Bride, Mr. and Mrs. John Di Lillo, they put in so many hours in the last 9 months for what turned out to be an epic event.

Visited October 2013
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Etna, California
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“Very Cool”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

To be able to tour a Presidential Yacht is very cool. Do check the hours of operation before you go, as they are not always open. I think it is seasonal.

Visited August 2013
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California
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“Didn't even know this was in Oakland”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

We were staying at The Waterfront Hotel and right next door in the harbor was this historic yacht that President Franklin Roosevelt made famous. We did not go on, but it was a real delight just to see it moored there.

Visited August 2013
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Oakland CA
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“FDR's yacht lives in Oakland!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Lovingly restored and sporting enthusiastic, knowledgeable volunteer docents and a FASCINATING history, be sure to get a least a dockside of this vessel while you are at Jack London Square!

Visited July 2013
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