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USS Pampanito, San Francisco

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Step aboard USS Pampanito, a veteran Balao-class submarine that allows you to see how crews lived and worked aboard the vessel during the World War II. Constructed in 1943 to meet America's need for advanced submarines, the craft helped patrol shipping lanes in the Pacific theater and on several occasions engaged and sunk Japanese ships. Visit this National Register of Historic Places-listed museum/ship, and explore the corridors and tight spaces where her crew spent months at a time at sea. You'll find bunk beds, periscopes, the engine room, the torpedo tube, and more inside; many mechanisms are still in working condition today. By using our San Francisco vacation generator, you can arrange your visit to USS Pampanito and other attractions in San Francisco.
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  • August 14, 2017
    The USS Pampanito submarine built in 1943 and active in the final phase of World War II. Now docked at Fisherman's Wharf (Pier 45), is an attraction to fee whose entrance is quite expensive (USD 20 tickets per person; 45 USD family, 2 adults and 2 kids) but, in my opinion, the game is worth the candle. The visit (not recommended for those suffering from claustrophobia) is very interesting and allows to realize the peculiarities of life in a submarine, torpedo room located aft "discover and then the engine room, the engines, the control room, the area reserved for officers and finally the little bow torpedo room, where the crew members were sleeping next to torpedoes. Unfortunately the audioguide (included in the entrance ticket) are in English only. However a special attraction that I would recommend, for a visit which lasts one and a half an hour. 9 hours and 30-17 and 30 (at least in summer). Luca
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  • August 14, 2017
    The Pampanito is a sober Museum, is not stunning, has no shows or mock attacks such as the https://www.tripadvisor.com.ar/Attraction_Review-g60763-d143358-Reviews-Intrepid_Sea_Air_Space_Museum-New_York_City_New_York.html, but complies with the objective of seeing as life in the submarine, the sense of closure is always latent, move from one compartment to another is an effort, imagine as they had to run in case of attack impresses. The auditour is in English and has evidence of the crew, which makes it more interesting.
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  • August 11, 2017
    Interesting times to go on as a freighter. We have taken a very nice older gentleman on board in the radio room, friendly and willingly gave information, very exciting. The connection to the movie "Titanic" is also interesting. Worth a visit, only the entrance could be slightly cheaper.
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  • June 14, 2017
    During our last trip to SF we decided to tour the USS Pampanito. I love history and wow I'm glad we did this. It was very cool and interesting to walk an old submarine and see how men use to live on these. It's really humbling to walk around and touch some of history with your own hands. We will definitely come back for another tour.
  • June 19, 2017
    The WWII submarine USS Pampanito has a certain cult following, as it was the ship that played the "USS Stingray (SS-161)" in the 1996 Kelsey Grammar movie "Down Periscope." If you loved the film, this is a must-visit. At $20/person, the price is steeper than it should be, and the audio tour leaves something to be desired, but the Pampanito is a great piece of history and a throwback to another era of naval warfare.
  • July 4, 2017
    An amazing and fascinating slice of history. Worth every penny. The audio tour is well done and the perfect length. A docent onboard who actually served on a similar submarine was an added bonus.
  • June 21, 2017
    Good place to see USS pampanito and it's other components which were in WW time frame. Entry fee may be more than medium level. You can spend 2 hours maximum.
  • April 17, 2017
    I'm a history buff. WW II is one of my favorite periods. This visit to a maintained submarine from that time was an experience I will not forget. I was lucky enough to have bumped into "Grampa Sam" and toured the boat with this former submariner who served on a submarine exactly like the Pampanito. This boat was a trip back in time to a period of U.S. history that cannot be forgotten. This is a MUST SEE while your in San Francisco. You'll get to see nearly the whole boat! From the torpedoes to the mess, the toilets to the combat center! This is a rare and unique experience you should not pass up.

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