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Battleship USS Iowa BB-61

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Address: 250 S Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA 90733
Phone Number: 18774469261
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Celebrate the American Spirit aboard Battleship IOWA - the West Coast's...

Celebrate the American Spirit aboard Battleship IOWA - the West Coast's only Battleship open to the public. Journey through World War II, the Korean War, and the Cold War as you experience the life of a sailor on the lead ship of the last class of gunships. Walk the wood decks to see up close the 16" guns, 5" guns, missile decks, bridge, mess areas, and the world famous Captain's Cabin with the only bathtub installed on a battleship for President - FDR. Our unique interactive tour now allows you to experience, firsthand, what it was like to live and serve on the historic ship. Access original video content to glimpse currently restricted areas such as the inside of our turrets, audio commentary that share rare and fascinating stories, plus augmented reality which recreates events such as the big 16" guns being fired. Located at the LA Waterfront, former home to the US Navy fleet prior to WWII, Battleship IOWA is open 10am - 4pm daily. (Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas.)

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T he Iowa is easy and close, great day out with friends, nice to learn about our US navy, and the hard work they have done

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Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

T he Iowa is easy and close, great day out with friends, nice to learn about our US navy, and the hard work they have done

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This ship has a self guided tour or you can join in one of the guided tours. Be sure to check out the Presidential Bathtub of FDR installed for when he was on the ship in 1943. The video showing various bunk arrangements was cool, and there were soooo many kitchens on the ship. It was a lot more than... More 

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Pukekohe, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you are over that way, go visit, It was included in our LA go Pass (which is worth buying). It was ok to visit, nothing like the Midway in San Diego though.

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife was in LA for a business trip and I tagged along. I read about the Battleship Iowa in the Trip Advisor must do's for LA. I had visited the USS Iowa in Virginia Beach, VA and that was a totally different experience in how they let you tour the ship. USS Iowa can be self toured ($16) or... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I enjoyed this trip to the ship if you like us history or WW2 history this is a cool trip to hit. The ship has a lot of sailor who served on the ship and love to talk about how it was back in the day.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The ship is interesting and very historic. The bad part is the phone app they expect you to use while touring the place. We downloaded the app. Sometimes it didn't seem to work at all, and when it did, it the information was mostly presented in the form of videos which were annoying to deal with on the phone. There... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We're in from Iowa and heard Iowa residents get to tour for free so we thought why not? It would have been well worth full price admission! We went with our four kids, ages 11, 8, 7 and 18 months. They have a small scavenger hunt with a prize to help keep the kids engaged. It's self-guided and kids enjoyed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a must see.. The crew that work on the ship are so knowledgeable about the history and they are happy to take the time to tell you. We did not use the app for the self guided tour we just walked around on our own. this trip was with my husband, son and daughter in law. When we... More 

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Riverside, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Looks almost as good as she did when I was on her deployed overseas 27 years ago. BZ to the "crew"! Admission is a bit steep and it might be nice to include the option of earmarking your fee to a specific "next step" renovation if there was hope that the funds could open more spaces with a forward looking... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Iowa is a must for anyone who appreciates American history. And we all should. It's what made us a great country. The patriotism is palpable, the ship oozes history and the tours are interesting. I am not a big military buff, but I thoroughly enjoyed visiting this wonderful retired ship. So nice it was preserved for future generations, and... More 

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