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SS American Victory Mariners' Memorial and Museum Ship
705 Channelside Dr., Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 228-8766
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Ranked #82 of 303 Attractions in Tampa
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Plant City
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Fun excursion!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Great opportunity to see a WWII ship, which also takes passengers out twice a year. The personnel were very friendly. This is a self-guided tour, so you can explore at your own pace.

Visited May 2014
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Concord, NC
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61 reviews 61 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
“Lots of Potential, But.....”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

I'm a sucker for any historic military vessel, so I was excited to discover (on TA of course!) this vintage WWII cargo ship during a recent trip to Tampa. First off, be aware that it is in a state of continuous restoration, so this exhibit will just get better and better. As it stands now, however, it is interesting and worth a trip but has some shortcomings. First of all, it's a little tough to find, tucked at a pier behind the aquarium, with a little bit of hiking needed to get there. Once onboard, the tour starts out promisingly with a history of this ship and its important logistic role during the war. Systematically touring a ship is challenging , but tape on the deck leads you in the right direction from the main entrance. Unfortunately, many of the areas that you passed by had poor or non-existent signage to indicate what you were looking at. Also, those helpful taped lines kind of disappeared once you got out on the weather deck, leaving you to wander around hoping you were going in the right direction and not missing any areas. Even with these shortcomings, however, the ship is interesting, in relatively good condition and tells the important story of the many support ships whose roles were not glamorous but were essential to the war effort. As mentioned before, the ship is constantly being worked on and will continue to improve. But even as it stands today, it is worth a visit.

Visited February 2014
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Port Orange, Florida
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172 reviews 172 reviews
16 attraction reviews
Reviews in 66 cities Reviews in 66 cities
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
“Rare experience to feel, see, and, touch history.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

This 70+ year old cargo ship is a "work in progress". Volunteers are living and working aboard 24/7. All areas of the vessel are being restored and reconditioned on an on-going basis. If you're expecting a pristine luxury liner - save your time. If you are interested in seeing the complete inner and outer workings of a true merchant marine vessel, this is for you. The self guided tour affords opportunities to see the engine room, the cargo holds, the bridge, crew quarters, and, even the deck guns. A big plus - she still goes to sea! Several times a year she's taken out on demonstration cruises.

Visited April 2014
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ann arbor, mi
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27 reviews 27 reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“rare gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

found this on tripadvisor things to do in tampa. what a whimsical, surprising find! my friend and i took our kids, ages 10-16, and everyone loved it! it is self-guided, so the kids could really explore and we DID explore the whole ship. learned so much about this gem of the sea. a great value and not at all busy. another secret-you can park RIGHT in front and stay there the whole day for free! what a find!

Visited April 2014
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Richmond, Indiana
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64 reviews 64 reviews
21 attraction reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Disapointede”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Very disapointed with this tour! Bought a groupon and wished that I had saved my money! Had to pay $6.00 to park in the aquarium. This ship is not for anyone with a physical disability. They need to have a tour guide to inform people of what this ship was all about. There was a man washing down steps on the upper deck, there was water everywhere dripping down. We got turned around and didn't know where the exit was. It is old and very musty and very boring! Don't care to ever go back to see it again.

Visited February 2014
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