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Battleship USS Iowa BB-61, Los Angeles

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Tour the ship that carried Franklin Delano Roosevelt across the Atlantic Ocean when you visit Battleship USS Iowa BB-61. Learn about its role as the last lead ship of any class of U.S. battleships on the Atlantic during World War II, and view the ship's guns, the officer’s mess, and the captain’s cabin, which served as FDR's quarters when he was on board. Ask the tour guides--who are retired Navy officers--any questions you have. If you're visiting with children, bring them on the complimentary Victory the Dog scavenger hunt--in honor of the ship’s mascot--which is available at the start of the tour. Note that there are no restrooms or food on board, and many obstacles like uneven decking and steep and narrow stairs on the ship make it inaccessible for wheelchairs, strollers, and small children. To visit Battleship USS Iowa BB-61 on your trip to Los Angeles, use our Los Angeles vacation trip planner.
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  • My first visit to a battleship - so interesting. Spent a couple of hours following a father and son who I had overheard saying that the father (90 years+) was in the service and he was telling interes...  more »
  • If your time is short but looking forward to experience WWII nostalgia, this is the place. The ship is not that huge compared to Midway in San Diego, but the exhibit and tour is well organized with as...  more »
  • We stayed on board overnight. Think narrow bunks and noisy cub scouts. The ship is amazing and the tour we had was very informative, if a little long for a group of 8 - 10 year old. The food for the o...  more »
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  • We just happened to find the ship on the Internet and decided to visit, it was great! Very few people so parking was easy there was construction going on in parking lot but probably done by now. The tour of the ship was fantastic! Great historical story and the people that manned the ship were great! Very nice gift shop. It was an amazing afternoon we must have spent 2-2.5 hours there of course I am a history teacher!
  • This is a wonderful and informative Battleship museum. The docents are not only there to answer your questions, many of them have all served on the USS IOWA during different wars. This was also the battleship that took President Roosevelt to meet with Winston Churchill and Josef Stallen in Tehran, Iran. FACTS, FUN AND INFORMATIVE. Tickets bought online are $2.00 less per ticket.
  • Great family oriented place, really kind staff and such a fun interactive game with Victory (Vicky) the dog. The self guided tour is easy to follow with some steep steps but nothing too difficult, and you get to see every inch of the ship with information posted everywhere. Really interesting to read all the story's and see all the things the crew had to go through. The history of the ship is told through the eyes of WWII veterans and it's a unique experience. Definitely would recommend
  • I served on USS Iowa in 1987 and 1988. Visiting her brought back wonderful memories. The USS Iowa is being restored by the Pacific Battleship Center and they have done a terrific job in preserving her history. The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable.
  • We stopped here without any plan as we saw this battleship from the main road while cruising the coast road. We decided to step into the ship to see what's inside. We found a deal for a Cruise & visit to the battleship together. We spend around 2-3 hours with a very clear path guiding you through the main rooms of the ship with guidance signs along the path. I really enjoy walking through the history of the ship, I was really astound by the fact I walked nearby a Veteran family that visited the ship on the same time and they were really glad to tell me some personal stories! Really inspiring!!!