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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  • 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!
  • This was a great place to visit! Very interesting and well worth the trip. You are allowed to tour the ship at your leisure, and they have many displays and audio/visual aids and artifacts that explain what you are looking at and its significance. I even met an old military buddy on-board while touring! They keep this ship in good shape. I highly recommend it!
  • Visiting the Iowa was one of the top highlights of the year. My 17 year old son wanted to see it. The dedicated volunteers brought the amazing history alive - how Roosevelt was secretly taken to Africa to meet and how this ship helped save South Korea. Another volunteer took us beyond the ropes to see places where history was made and cutting edge technology was implemented in the many lives of this ship. The Iowa is a national treasure. She is a monument to the amazing people who made her contribute to critical parts of American history.
  • Great tour experience. Staff is helpful and friendly. Lots of narrow stairs for my friends with knee problems. And lots of ducking for everyone over 6 ft. If you have never been on a fighting vessel then this could be a real treat. There is plenty of variety on this self guided tour. A gift shop at the end for those wanting to take away a momento or souvenir. This is NOT a wheelchair accessible tour. And not easy for those with impaired walking.
  • We can't say enough about this. We didn't plan enough time and will surely be back. We spent 3 hours and needed at least two more. We plan to do the extended tour next time. It will be great to see more areas. We could also spend hours just speaking with and hearing stories from the servicemen that were on the boat. Some actually served on the boat. It's was just amazing!

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