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USS Pampanito

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Address: Pier 45 @ Fisherman Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: 415-775-1943
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World War II submarine docked at Pier 45.

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Interesting bit of history

If you ever wondered what it would be like inside a WW2 attack submarine then this is well worth a diversion. Self guided tour through this cramped undersea ship is a very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Scotland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you ever wondered what it would be like inside a WW2 attack submarine then this is well worth a diversion. Self guided tour through this cramped undersea ship is a very interesting hour from the noise and business up top.

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 234 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It was weekend. You would think this place would be busy. There was only one other tourist there. We were let in without any instructions or welcome. What do I know about submarines? That is why I thought touring would be interesting. Later I found out there were audio devices; not sure if they were free or included. It should... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I wasn't expecting my visit here to be fun. I thought it would just be a wander around an old military vessel. They've obviously put a lot of work into restoring this. Bit pricey for a visit. Tip, visit early in the day so you can visit both vessels. We arrived later in the afternoon so it was a bit... More 

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Harleysville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

An old ship that has been kept in excellent shape by volunteers, it is still sailed from time to time. I've been on other ships docked around the world, and I think this one is the only one still being used.

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Lawrence, Kansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While you are at Fisherman's Wharf, take time to toure the USS Pampanito. It is an interesting tour and well worth the time.

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Sun City, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

located on the dock of fisherman's Wharf. Interesting old WWII sub. Expensive for a small exhibit. Can see in a half hr. Is not for you if you have mobility issues or are claustrophobic

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Sao Paulo, SP
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have you ever enter in a Submarine? No? Ok, this is your call. You can see and touch everything inside it. Really cool and kids just love it. You can easily spend an hour or more inside it without notice.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We got there early and hardly anyone else on board. Well presented with a good audio tour. Shame you can't see or get into the conning tower though.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited at the end of a three week road trip around the US. What a wonderful piece of history too visit and to have the chance to go aboard. You are given headphones for an audio tour which is both informative and very interesting, and has the original crew telling you all about it. You learn about the conditions... More 

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Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is very over priced if you pay at the gate. It is a real submarine and very tight quarters, claustrophobic people would not do well. It is interesting to see and gives you insight to our men who served the country in those living conditions. Makes you feel thankful for what you have.

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