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“Go Iowa Go”

Battleship USS Iowa BB-61
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Owner description: 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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Aliso Viejo, California
1 review
“Go Iowa Go”
Reviewed November 4, 2013

The USS Iowa is a magnificent ship. If you are a fan of Military history, this is the trip for you. I would strongly recommend using this as a field trip to teach WWII history. I took my high school basketball team on the tour and they left with a deeper appreciation of what sacrifices our armed forces make to provide us with the freedoms we have. Our tour guide was awesome, was entertaining and very knowledgeable. This is a great activity to do.

Visited November 2013
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Baghdad Province, Iraq
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“A military history buff's dream!”
Reviewed October 30, 2013

If you're a fan of maritime history, military history, WWII history in particular, the wonderful town of San Pedro, or just being on the waterfront....or, like me, all of the above, you'll love the battleship U.S.S. Iowa (BB-61). As an American military veteran (U.S. Air Force, but two of my cousins were Navy, including one during WWII, and my Dad was a WWII Marine), I find this exhibit especially appealing. I've been to my fair share of floating museums, but this one is especially impressive. I've done the tour twice, once with an Army veteran, the other time with a current USMC Reservist, and they both dug it as well. Seeing the 16-inch main gun turrets up-close-and-personal is amazing to behold. The computerized battle simulation belowdecks is exciting, and the gift shop has some neat selections. With "the greatest generation" (WWII generation) dying off rapidly, that makes this tour that much more poignant and timely, a fitting tribute.

Visited November 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Awesome.”
Reviewed October 29, 2013

Having grown up reading books about military firepower, I just had to come and see the Iowa in person. I wasn't disappointed. By neither was my accompanying friend, who had no prior interest in the ship. The sheer size of the Iowa and its unique history was enough to fascinate. Former sailors are on hand to talk to you about their own experiences, and this was arguably the best part of the tour, as you really get a first hand account of life on board.

Visited July 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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“WWII buff”
Reviewed October 27, 2013

I took my best friend to visit the mighty USS Iowa. It is free on your birthday. Go on your birthday ($16 savings). Buy the greatest WWII ever in the gift shop: Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors by James Hormfischer.

Visited December 2012
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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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“Worth a visit”
Reviewed October 27, 2013

We have toured 2 of the other 3 Iowa class battleships ( Missouri and Wisconsin). This tour allowed entrance to some unique areas. The ex-marine that talked to us at several sites on the ship was very informative and had some interesting stories. It's not really a guided tour, but he showed up at several spots. You do a fair amount of climbing on narrow stairs. Plenty of parking right across from ship ( pay). The area has other attractions worth seeing and some great seafood places( try the fish market restaurant).
No restrooms on board, but free public ones right outside.

Visited September 2013
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