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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
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+1 415-775-1943
09:00 - 20:00
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World War II submarine docked at Pier 45.

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interesting to see this just tied up at the key side. enjoyed looking over this sub. interesting to think people actually went to sea in this ???

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Mike P
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

interesting to see this just tied up at the key side. enjoyed looking over this sub. interesting to think people actually went to sea in this ???

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We arrived early on a rainy day and had the sub to ourselves. Very interesting self walking audio tour. You have access to almost the entire sub, both torpedo rooms, crew mess, engine room and officers country as they call it. This is a well restored important piece of our history that shows how the heros of the silent service... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Didn't plan on this tour but it was a memorable experience. We had some time and there was no line, so we bought tickets and went onto the sub. I'd never been on a submarine and can only imagine what it was like to be deployed on this particular during WWII. The audio tour had great interviews with actual crew... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you've been interested in how it felt to spend time in a WWII submarine this is the place for you. With a storm in the area and the tour to myself it was an eery and neat experience to feel the sub moving with the waves. I'd recommend dressing a little warm, the sub is likely to be the... More 

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Never stepped foot on a submarine so this was a great opportunity and it was a revelation. The audio tour is good but overall it really makes you think just how challenging living on one of these ships was.

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Accra, Ghana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

submersive experience! really interesting tour, very authentic, insight into life in a sub in WW2. a good commentary through the headphone sets that are provided. but it takes you through the rooms quickly. and the rooms are small - because it's a submarine! - so it can feel a bit rushed and crowded.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

It is a really big one. Admission is 20 bucks, but if you are student or something, 10 bucks. I spend almost 2 hours on this ship, even though it is pretty old. You can view how sailers living on the ship and a real engine room.

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

My wife didn't fancy the enclosed space so I visited solo , my height is 6'3" so thought I might struggle but it was fine. To see how submariners went about their daily life during WWII was nothing short of amazing. Take the tour slowly and soak up the atmosphere , awesome. The sleeping areas are so cramped it really... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

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 5 November 2016

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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