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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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  • Wonderful attraction, great to be able to venture into the world of a world war submarine. Highly recommend even for those that don't like museums, it's more fascinating than just old war stuff normal...  more »
  • Great. Hard to imagine being out to sea on a ship under such circumstances. Well kept ship. Incredible!  more »
  • The exhibit and memorial were great reminders of how many men we had that were willing to be under the sea to serve our nation.  more »
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  • To walk the halls where veterans were busy protecting freedom is truly humbling. The experience is elevated even more with the audio tour for an extra fee. I visited because I had an online coupon and happy I did. The submarine has steep stairs and small doorways. It is part of the experience as you reflect on this submarine as a crew's workplace. As I said, the audio tour makes this visit truly worth it with first hand (or second hand) accounts of living and working on this ship. The sound effects of engine room, mess hall, etc. help accentuate the feeling of being there during active duty. I highly recommend the audio tour - be sure your device works well as my headphone cord was lose and had audio in one ear for most of the time. I visited mid week in July and there were only 4 people on the ship including my party of two. Worked well for taking pictures without others in the way.
  • Great interesting WWII exhibit (these Gato-class subs were one of our most sophisticated and effective war machines in the 1940s) and brings back memories of good times in the 80s when I was a tour guide on the USS Bowfin in Pearl Harbor. For a bit high price, you can tour the "liberty ship" also, and if you're a Ham Radio operator, at times the ham radio station on the liberty ship is put into operation and you can operate it.
  • Really nice visit for any interested in war machines and engineering in general. When I visited, although the area was mostly crowed the actual sub was pretty quiet and really easy to tour around
  • This is an awesome world war 2 submarine and great to go inside and explore. Great for kids and adults too !
  • Really cool although not what I consider cheap at $40 for a family on a self guided tour. The ship is really neat though and the fact that it's not locked down from a safety/liability stand point is refreshing in today's world. I'd do it again. Bathrooms were clean and exhibits were in good repair.