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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. Plan your visit to USS Pampanito and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our San Francisco online trip builder .
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  • It isn't everyday you can see and feel the conditions of a World War II submarine. This is a unique opportunity. The crews were all volunteers. Many did not return from their missions (a young family ...  more »
  • This is a rare opportunity to visit a submarine and we took. Beautiful very interesting tour. Attention: the audio guide is only in English. The narrative is very well done but suddenly the knowledge of English is essential. for our part an adult listened and reflected and the other gave details to the children.
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  • Some people have said $20 is a bit pricey but I say how many chances do you have to visit a world war two . We had one near to were I live but they chopped it in to sections so you could see different...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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