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. Take the guesswork out of planning a Los Angeles vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
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  • This was on my friend's list of things to see but I enjoyed it as well. They did an excellent job of restoring the ship and it was wonderful to see that it didn't just rot away. We have been on many b...  more »
  • We arrived before they opened and were able to take it the Iowa from the dock from several vantage points. We bought our tickets online, so the check in process was painless. We skipped through photo ...  more »
  • I kept on saying to myself: I cant believe it. From the size, weight and throw-distance of the shells to the small cramped quarters. Helpful volunteers man key locations along the way and are full of ...  more »
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  • The USS IOWA is a wonderful ship to visit and learn about. The ship is packed full of rich history from the early 1940's through the late 1980's. I happened to stay on board overnight and was able to have a fun experience of sleeping in the bunks where previous sailors stayed in during its hay day. It has made trips all over the world; had presidents aboard, as well as a five star general! They treat you well on this ship and teach you so many things as if you were in a history class. It is just a very unique experience and if given the opportunity to go aboard again I would, it was a blast!
  • I took the Full Steam Ahead tour, which is apparently only in it's first few months of operation. That being said, it was a great value, in spite of its price. Being able to have a more personalized experience is incredible. You're also able to descend into areas of the ship not open to the general public on the self guided tour (watch your head, wear real shoes, and be ready to walk and climb ladders!). The personal anecdotes and stories the guides tell are awesome and the technical information they give is great, too. They ask at the end of the tour if there's any thing they can add...I just shook my head, they cover so much. But it's cool to know they're looking to expand to the tour. Well recommended!!!
  • The USS Iowa is a maritime and history buffs dream. The volunteers who make the tours possible love their service and do an excellent job. My son and I visited from out of state a few weeks ago and we enjoyed the experience thoroughly. How many people can claim to have been on a ship and seen the quarters where President Franklin Roosevelt stayed? The ship is huge and you travel 5 stories to experience it all. I did have problems with the audio tour but that may have just been my phone. Plenty to see and read without the audio though. Be aware the main deck is handicap accessible, but not the majority of the ship.
  • If you're ever in LA, definitely take the time to see this amazing battleship. If you're a current Iowa resident, admission is free when you show your Iowa ID (bonus!); otherwise, it's $20. Well worth the price. There's even an app you can download for your self-guided tour - it really enhanced the experience. One of my favorite things was the ringing of the bell and announcement (name, rank, and military branch) of current or veteran military personnel boarding for a visit. So awesome! There is the requisite gift shop: I was more than happy to part with some of my money! I'm totally proud to be an Iowan!
  • A huge ship and a good, long guided tour. Great to meet both experienced sailors (including one WW2 veteran and others who served on the Iowa more recently) and enthusiastic civilian volunteers. Interpretation is generally good. The only negative is that admission is a little expensive and you don't get to see below decks—only on the (much more expensive) Full Steam Ahead Engineering tour. Still: that money is the main sources of funding for the ongoing work to restore, interpret and open more areas of the ship, and even the main tour can easily take 2-3 hours if you take your time, so go if you can!
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