Battleship USS Iowa BB-61, Los Angeles
Categories: Military Museums, Museums
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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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.
Great Naval warship with a lot of history. The tour is maybe 4 stars, because not all of the compartments of rhe ship are available. They will open more compartments as they receive more donations. Military and vets are free, so bring your VA card or dd-214, if you are a vet. (A Vet from the "Richardson" gave me his ticket as I had forgotten my VA card, thank you) Touring ships like this will thank our vets and men nd women in uniform, as the public learns these "Man-O-War" vessels are not a joy ride around the harbor. The danger begins from the time they disembark till they tie it back up.
Yeah I'm on a battleship. I love having a tour and I'm glad that I finally got to visit the USS IOWA. The last time I was in Hawaii I could not visit the memorial at Pearl Harbor for the USS Arizona because it collapsed and it was sad news. I have been on aircraft carriers my favorite but never a battleship until now. So full speed ahead. A7 HIT! I had a blast trying endless drinks and food. What better way to have a pre Memorial Day celebration. The drinks were poured very quickly who needs to go to a bar. The weather was perfect not hot or Smokey something I will rather say when in LA. San Pedro is nice and battleship was located in the same area where I took my princess cruise to Mexico last year. Princess is the name of the cruise line so don't get it twisted. FINGER SNAP.
MY boyfriend and I went here during Lobsterfest on saturday, and we thought it was cool until the security was forcing us to hurry up because they were closing in 45 mins. we told them not to rush us due to the fact my boyfriend had a bad knee and they didnt care at all. they told us our tour was over and kicked us out. someone escorted us out and telling us to hurry up or else he will call back up to get us off. we went as fast as my boyfriend could go and he said we shouldn't have taken the tour if he could not walk fast enough. once we got closer to the exit, other security was there and out of knowhere the guy started to act all nice saying be careful where you step and being all nice. This is the WORST place to go. these people are rude and did not care for others at all.
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