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Battleship USS Iowa BB-61

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Address: 250 S Harbor Blvd, San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA 90731-2830
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10:00 - 17:00
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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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A truly unique pice of history. Is humbling to know that sailors perished in Turrest 2. Is an incredible piece of US history that can be enjoyed. More people should see this... read more

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San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A truly unique pice of history. Is humbling to know that sailors perished in Turrest 2. Is an incredible piece of US history that can be enjoyed. More people should see this magnificient ship to help preserve this artifiact.

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Cuenca, Ecuador
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A short walk from the cruise terminal is a piece of history -- the battleship Iowa from World War II. It is open for guided tours daily. And you can go online and order discounted tickets in advance.

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College Station, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Take your time as you walk through and explore the battleship. It took us two hours to go walk through the ship (follow the yellow arrows). Due to on going restorations, some parts of the ship are not open to the public but you will still get a feel for life on a battleship. The downloadable app did not like... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

The USS Iowa now docked at San Pedro was present at the Japanese surrender after WWII and was the ship that carried FDR along with the *entire* chiefs of staff across the Atlantic to the Tehran conference! Great self-guided tour and exhibits, and wonderful veterans of the USS Iowa on hand for questions and remembrances.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

Interesting to see. I got the headphones to hear info about the different sections of the ship. The recording was hard to hear and the descriptions were actually not in layman's language. If you're not military the descriptions didn't mean a lot. Other than that you did see a good example of life on a ship. Full access to the... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

I was not sure how our teenagers would react to the battleship, but they all agreed it was very cool. The battleship is massive, so it takes a good hour or more to walk through all of the different areas. There are yellow arrows to point you in the right direction along the tour route. You can download an app... More 

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Moorpark, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

Arrived at noon, very pleasant greeting from ticket agent and all employees. Huge ship was quite a sight in person. It is an old boat, which looks a bit tattered in spots and stinky in places, but we were there for the history and that was amazing. Very informative docents stationed several places were enthralling to listen to. Stairs were... More 

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Gresham, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

If you like to tour old Navy ships then this is a must. I never relized how big the battleships were. I have toured alot of different ships and this is a cool one you get to see alot of areas that you don't see on todays ships.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

It was a cool bright morning 4th Jan 2017 and at 1030am I boarded the USS IOWA for a tour of this mighty battleship. I am a ship lover anyway but this was just fantastic. There was plenty of guides at hand to talk to you either about the ship and its history or what it was like sailing on... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

This world war two destroyer is located at the port of Los angeles next to the cruise ship terminal and the ports of call. This is a great chance for children and adults to see life on a ship yearr ago. There are many stairs to climb. they offer military discounts

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