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Battleship USS Iowa BB-61, Los Angeles

(4.6/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web)
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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  • The ship and the men who served on her are a part of American history. The part that makes us proud to be Americans. Lots of stairs , so not great for those with physical challenges.  more »
  • First thing I have to advise is that if you are going to visit the Iowa, download the ap before you arrive and make sure you bring some headphones. The ap has the tour and my ap didn't download until ...  more »
  • Enjoyed the tour. There was gentleman on board ( in his 90's ) sharing his stories of the war in the Pacific. There is a great deal of ladder climbing so wearing appropriate foot wear is a must. On th...  more »
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  • This is a fantastic museum for just about anyone! I've been here with my family a number of times, and it is always great. The volunteers on the site are very knowledgeable, and they are constantly making additions to the tour and opening up new areas. When you go on board, you really feel like you are stepping onto a piece of history.
  • It was a great tour, but I was extremely disappointed the wi-fi didn't work. I had preloaded the app to use as recommended by the web. There were no Tech guys available to correct the issue. In my mind there is no excuse for this. I am from Michigan and unable to come back. Two stars because of the Wifi. The ship is great.
  • Very nice tourist attraction, awesome toys and souvenirs in the gift shop. I recommend people to come to this wonderful attraction, the only downside is that it's really cramped, and I mean really, and the stairs are a bit steep. But otherwise, great attraction!
  • This is so cool! As a huge fan of history and World War Two more specifically, I jumped at the chance to come and see this battleship. The experience was really good, we went on a self guided tour that was pretty informative and interesting. It was 20 dollars per person, so a little expensive, but so worth it to see the USS Iowa! I definitely want to come back again.
  • To be honest, I love this ship. My grandpa did the wiring on the USS Iowa. I never met my grandpas/grandmas. To see what he worked and walked on, felt amazing. To walk on the same ship he did, made me feel as if I knew him. So that's one of the reasons why I love this 45,000 ton warship. Not only that, but it's interesting. As we all know, this ship is ancient. So there's not much to show. When I saw the missing set of cannons in the back, I knew exactly why. It hurt, honestly. April 19, 1989. But overall, I enjoyed the self-tour. Thank you.