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USS Pampanito

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Fisherman’s Wharf
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Address: Pier 45 @ Fisherman Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: +1 415-775-1943
09:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Thu 09:00 - 18:00
Fri - Sat 09:00 - 20:00

World War II submarine docked at Pier 45.

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Wonderful preservation of a WWII classic

Easy access allows persons who are ambulatory to visit. However, one needs to be able to get through the several water type doors between compartments. The docents are typically... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Palo Alto, California
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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Easy access allows persons who are ambulatory to visit. However, one needs to be able to get through the several water type doors between compartments. The docents are typically former submariners and are very knowledgeable .

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

I was at the pier today. The USS Pampanito is in dry dock for the next 6 weeks for inspections and maintenance :(

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

how often do you get in side a submarine? in San francisco you will have that experience and is a good one, is only $10 per person and if is a small group is $25, i love this atracción i bring every family member who visit Sfo for the first time..

Thank intudamalu
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Curious to see inside a WWII era submarine. I am a big guy at 6'4" so it was a close fit for me which added to the experience. Spoke to a docent who was a submariner on similar subs. The docents on the sub and the Liberty Ship really add to the experience.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

The sub sailors are a special breed. I was a surface Navy man and always respect the bubble heads. When you visit this WWII boat you see the conditions these men served under. Truly special that they keep this boat going for many generations to know what went on.

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Hayward, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Historical submarine Pampanito will be a great short tour to take and hear about legendary history of this vessel,don't needed to much time and you most see it.

Thank sailingalongto
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Visited on a whim because the Alcatraz tour was sold out and we had time to kill. Give yourself about 45 minutes to walk through and really take time to see every detail of this restored wartime submarine. It is quite a fascinating piece of history! If you've done the one in Pearl Harbor recently, you could skip this one... More 

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Newport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Great museum piece and good narrated tour. Atmospheric and gave a good perspective of how men went to war and fought in the Pacific. How anyone could fight and live in a claustrophobic tin can for weeks on end is awesome inspiring

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Owatonna, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

We had a tour with Richard P. and enjoyed his knowledge of the sub and the restoration of it. He made it very interesting, with his many years restoring the sub.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Visited this only on happenstance, but so glad I did. I had never been on a. WWll submarine before and this gave me an appreciation of the cramped conditions faced by the silent service members. The movies don't do it justice. Yes it is a bit pricy but how do you think they maintain this ship in such good condition?... More 

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