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SS American Victory Mariners' Memorial and Museum Ship

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Address: 705 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602-5600
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Not easy to find in Tampa - could be more clearly sign posted. This place isn't what I expected, but may be worth visiting if you're in the area. We saw one other family the... read more

Reviewed 10 October 2016
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Tampa, Florida
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38 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016

I've visited ships in San Diego and N.Y. City. The American Victory doesn't measure up. Although the history of the ship is interesting, the ship itself isn't much, and it is still in need of more restoration. The ship is hidden behind the Aquarium, with very poor signage.

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North Port, Florida
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Best Halloween event ever!!! Includes super scary special effects and live actors. Takes about a half an hour to tour the haunted ship. These folks know how to do a haunted "house". Well organized and fun! Parking at aquarium lot was pricey at $10 for about 45 minutes so if you can take public transportation you'll save $$. Highly recommended!!!

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Long Island City, New York
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31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016

This is a work in progress - although they have already restored a great deal of this ship. The SS American Victory served in WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War and gives a very good idea of what life and work were like on a naval ship. If you happen to be visiting Tampa I would recommend a visit. Very... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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154 reviews
94 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016

I supposed I was expecting it to be in better shape. I think the money has gone into making her seaworthy for December of this year but the state of her decks, lifeboats and anything on deck is in very bad shape. It needs a lot of money and tens of thousands of volunteer hours if she is ever to... More 

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Fort Worth
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39 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

My husband is a navy veteran, so we enjoy visiting old ships. There aren't a ton left from WW2 and this one was a Merchant Marine ship. The Merchant Marines don't get a whole lot of recognition for their contributions during the war so I'm glad to see them being shown here. Sadly, the displays on the ship aren't necessarily... More 

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Florida
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28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

This was well worth the trip. I thought there was a guided tour, but when we went we made our own tour and were able to walk all over. I wish we did have a guide, or people in areas, to give more history as you walk through. But it was still amazing. Brought my 7 yr old and she... More 

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minnesota
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016

Not easy to find in Tampa - could be more clearly sign posted. This place isn't what I expected, but may be worth visiting if you're in the area. We saw one other family the entire time we were on the ship - so not crowded. We happened to go on a cloudy day which was good as it does... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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81 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2016

Enjoyed exploring the ship. It gives perspective on the difficult conditions sailors worked during WWII.

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Newnan, Georgia
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21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2016

Took my four kids on our stop through town. It was a neat experience to be able to walk around at our leisure and take it all in. Love that it's NOT a guided tour in groups, especially if it's during the hotter months-it was quite stuffy in some areas! Beautiful ship, awesome piece of history!

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Wellington, Florida
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276 reviews
84 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2016

I love history and especially WWII history. So when we saw the SS American Victory we had to check it out. You can walk through pretty much the entire ship. Every deck and even sit in the guns. The crew's quarters were my favorite though. It really gives you a glimpse of what it was like to be stationed on... More 

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