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The Potomac

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Family historical outing on FDR's yacht.

Highly recommend this tour of the former presidential yacht. The docents are highly knowledgeable... read more

Reviewed August 7, 2018
Oakland, California
Excellent restoration

This used to be FDR’s vessel when he was president. Afterwards she fell into disrepair and sank... read more

Reviewed November 16, 2017
Annapolis, Maryland
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Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidential yacht.
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Reviewed August 7, 2018

Highly recommend this tour of the former presidential yacht. The docents are highly knowledgeable and the fellow tourists were all "into" the experience.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed November 16, 2017 via mobile

This used to be FDR’s vessel when he was president. Afterwards she fell into disrepair and sank. The have restored her to the time when she was at her best. Capt Tom and the crew could not have been friendlier.

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed November 16, 2017

We had a very knowledgeable guide who obviously enjoyed recounting the history behind the ship - and added a little bit of gossip to the story of Roosevelt's floating White House.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank RFW1943
Reviewed August 16, 2017 via mobile

So fun! Can't believe it still runs. So much history on this yacht. Can catch it in Jack London Square and it takes rides to the Bay Bridge and back. Loved visiting this with my sons 4th grade class.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank mariard
Reviewed July 20, 2017

A friend arranged this trip and I didn't know much about it other than the ship had been one that FDR used as President. Since that time the ship has had a rocky history but currently has been restored and supported by an amazing group...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank susie f
Reviewed April 25, 2016

Very surprised! Did not know what to expect but had a great time! Learned a lot! Great cruise to the Bay Bridge and back to Jack London Square. Very knowledgeable tour guides. Very nostalgic and the kids loved it.

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank mariard
Reviewed October 15, 2015

Was working at the Port of Oakland when the Port bought the Potomac in the early 80, and was part of the restoration. its a floating piece of history that in JLS . Before you go on the ship Please see the Great video in...More

Date of experience: September 2015
Thank TravelDeFamly
Reviewed July 11, 2015

I took my mom for a birthday cruise around the bay on the U.S.S. Potomac and we had a fantastic time. The weather was gorgeous, as was the boat, and we sailed under the Bay Bridge, very close to Alcatraz, and close to the San...More

Date of experience: July 2015
1  Thank Christy K
Reviewed July 7, 2015

FDR's yacht sits in the Oakland Estuary waiting for you to take a two hour cruise on the bay or hire it for special occasions. It is not often when one can sit where a US President sat, or, admire the furnishings that he used....More

Date of experience: September 2014
3  Thank RingoGilkey
Reviewed June 30, 2015

This was Franklin Roosevelts presidential yacht during WWII. It is restored and a good history lesson from a bygone era when threats like ISIS were taken seriously. You can take bay tours as well on certain days.

Date of experience: July 2014
Thank sqeaker
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