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Battleship USS Iowa BB-61

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Address: 250 S Harbor Blvd, San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA 90731-2830
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10:00 - 17:00
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Celebrate the American Spirit aboard Battleship IOWA - the West Coast's...

Celebrate the American Spirit aboard Battleship IOWA - the West Coast's only Battleship open to the public. Journey through World War II, the Korean War, and the Cold War as you experience the life of a sailor on the lead ship of the last class of gunships. Walk the wood decks to see up close the 16" guns, 5" guns, missile decks, bridge, mess areas, and the world famous Captain's Cabin with the only bathtub installed on a battleship for President - FDR. Our unique interactive tour now allows you to experience, firsthand, what it was like to live and serve on the historic ship. Access original video content to glimpse currently restricted areas such as the inside of our turrets, audio commentary that share rare and fascinating stories, plus augmented reality which recreates events such as the big 16" guns being fired. Located at the LA Waterfront, former home to the US Navy fleet prior to WWII, Battleship IOWA is open 10am - 4pm daily. (Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas.)

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A great day on board

If you're of an age to remember things like this, or even if you're not, this is a fantastic place to visit. There are lots of guides ready to show you around (Some actually... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you're of an age to remember things like this, or even if you're not, this is a fantastic place to visit. There are lots of guides ready to show you around (Some actually sailed on her) and a lot of places to visit, so be sure to wear your walking/climbing shoes.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We attended with our LA Let's Go cards so didn't pay the approximately $18 each entry fee but I think that is a fair price for getting such full access to such an iconic ship. We spent a good 80+ minutes there and probably could have spend longer. The staff around were friendly and the ship has been kept very... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Difficult to get to without a car, but well worth the time and taxi fares. A great slice of American Naval history.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My father was in the navy and was excited to show my children the ship. It was a nice experience to see them having a wonderful time playing and learning about the ship. It was cold out but inside the ship was wonderful.

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had fun with my dad looking at this old Battleship you can find tucked away in the Harbor in San Pedro.

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Lincoln, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a pleasure to finally get a chance to tour the USS Iowa recently while on a trip to S. CA recently. For many years, the USS Iowa was tied up in the ghost fleet near S.F. Bay and I had driven by it many times. When I heard of the efforts by many volunteers to restore the ship,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great informational tour of the USS Iowa. Seeing the time and effort the volunteers are putting in was great to see. Walking around this piece of history preserved was amazing.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We arranged a group tour for twenty 12-year olds. Our guide was great - showing off lots of the ship, providing good details, and keeping the kids interested with trivia and curious facts. It was fast-paced, but I think everyone learned something from the experience.

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Redlands, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

We were lucky to have a few extra hours during a cruise stop in Long Beach. Our ship was birthed right next to the Iowa. The weather was cold and dreary but as soon as we were on board we were so glad we made the visit. The volunteer staff on the Iowa was extremely helpful. Mr. Crowell gave us... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

We have toured the Missouri in Pearl Harbor, and the Iowa is the lead ship in this class of battle ships. This ship is in fantastic condition, and the self guided walking tour takes you through the living spaces, as well as fire control, helm and flag bridges. You walk by all the armament, including the impressive 16" gun turrets.... More 

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