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USS Pampanito Tours

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USS Pampanito
A restored World War II submarine docked in San Francisco Bay, the USS Pampanito offers visitors a unique experience of military history. Explore the vessel that sank six Japanese ships in the Pacific, from the claustrophobic bunks shared by 70 submariners to the kitchen and dining area.

The Basics

Built in 1943, the USS Pampanito is a Balao-class fleet submarine that served a vital role in the Pacific during World War II. Today, the submarine is a National Historic Landmark that serves as both museum and memorial highlighting America's naval history. Visitors can opt for self-guided audio tours or book docent-led tours by appointment. Several San Francisco city tours, including Segway tours, pass by Pier 45, where the Pampanito is docked.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Pampanito is a must for World War II–history enthusiasts.
  • Tickets for seniors, families, and active duty military members are offered at a discount.
  • The vessel is popular, hosting more than 100,000 visitors each year, so consider purchasing tickets in advance.
  • The San Francisco waterfront is windy, so remember to wear a jacket.

How to Get There

A great option for transportation to the USS Pampanito is the historic Powell–Hyde cable car from Powell and Market streets to the turnaround at Victorian Park, then a 10-minute walk through Fisherman’s Wharf to Pier 45. You can also hop the historic F-Line streetcar, which runs down Market Street and along the Embarcadero to Fisherman's Wharf. Driving is an option, and there are several parking garages in the area.

When to Get There
It's always a great time of year to enjoy the San Francisco waterfront, including the USS Pampanito and historic Pier 45. September to November are the warmest months in the city, though you can expect pleasant—but occasionally chilly—year-round weather. The Pampanito is open Sunday to Thursday, from 9am to 6pm, and Friday and Saturday, from 9am to 8pm.

What to See at Fisherman's Wharf
A perfect family day in San Francisco should include a visit to the diverse offerings on Fisherman's Wharf. Beyond the Maritime Museum and USS Pampanito, Fisherman's Wharf has numerous attractions. Enjoy a seafood meal, check out the barking sea lions, and consider a visit to the Musée Mécanique, a free attraction showcasing mechanically operated instruments and vintage arcade machines.
Address: Pier 45, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, California 94133, USA
Admission: Varies
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Recent Reviews from Experiences in San Francisco

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WW2 Submarine Tour
FiremanTim
, Feb 2020
I really enjoyed this experience. I would definitely recommend this to everyone for a couple of hours.
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First time and perfect
Jaroslav H
, Jun 2019
Many facts, very good audio guide, the volountair had many experiences with serving on submarines. Everythink was in good conditions. Next time combo ticket with cargo liberty ship Jeremiah oBrien would be appreciated.
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Great opportunity to walk through an...
schumacherk
, Aug 2017
Great opportunity to walk through an authentic WWII vessel. Really worth the time and money.

12 Tours and Activities to Experience USS Pampanito

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Skip the Line: USS Pampanito General Admission TicketAttraction Tickets

Skip the Line: USS Pampanito General Admission Ticket

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Secure your tickets ahead of time, and hop aboard a real submarine at this museum at Pier 45 in Fisherman’s Wharf. With this ticket, get full access to the USS Pampanito, a World War II Balao-class submarine. Tour the museum at your own pace, passing by torpedoes, through the engine room, mess hall, and more.
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San Francisco Wharf and Waterfront Segway TourPrivate and Luxury

San Francisco Wharf and Waterfront Segway Tour

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Take a San Francisco Segway tour along the waterfront to see popular city attractions like Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, and Alcatraz Island. With an experienced guide, cruise along San Francisco Bay on a personal 2-wheeled Segway, and learn how to operate during a training session. Limited to 10 people per tour, this tour provides a small-group experience. Choose from several tour times throughout the day.
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Go San Francisco Explorer PassSkip-the-Line Tours

Go San Francisco Explorer Pass

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With the San Francisco Explorer Pass you’ll save money on four San Francisco attractions within a 60-day period. Select four activities among a list of 20 sightseeing cruises, tours, museum admissions, and transportation in and around the city. Take advantage of discount offers at retailers and restaurants, and use your complimentary guidebook to help you independently explore the Bay Area at your own pace. No voucher redemption is required; simply save on your mobile phone and enjoy direct entry to attractions. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 60 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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Alcatraz Ticket + Fisherman's Wharf Walking TourPrivate and Luxury

Alcatraz Ticket + Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour

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If you're looking to see the sights on San Francisco's waterfront—but you don't have hours to tour the city—this quick walking tour is the perfect fit. Follow your guide to top attractions including Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf, and Ghirardelli Square. History fans enjoy a quick look at the cable cars, and the USS Pampanito, a WWII submarine. To make the most of your day, upgrade with Alcatraz tickets to see San Francisco's infamous former prison.
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Make the Most of SF in One Day: Small Group Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Make the Most of SF in One Day: Small Group Walking Tour

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Get to know San Francisco a little better on this full day tour of the city. This tour is well-suited to travelers who want to get the lay of the land before digging deeper: with your guide by your side, spinning stories and letting you know all about the history of the city, tour neighborhoods, stop at famous landmarks and enjoy pristine photo opportunities of highlights like Alcatraz Island, the Golden Gate Bridge and the sea lion hangout at Pier 39.
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Fisherman's Wharf Walking TourPrivate and Luxury

Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour

Visit some of the top attractions along San Francisco's famous waterfront: Ghirardelli Square, Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39 with this special tour and Alcatraz ticket upgrade option. Save time and see more. During this 75 minute walking tour you'll learn about the rich history of the area with one of our highly rated guides, all while taking in amazing views. You'll visit iconic landmarks and hear incredible stories about the gold rush, the cable car system, earthquakes and much more.
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Golden Gate Bay Cruise + Fisherman's Wharf Walking TourDay Cruises

Golden Gate Bay Cruise + Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour

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Discover top sights along San Francisco's iconic waterfront during this time-saver guided tour. Learn about the evolution of the picturesque waterfront city, from the gold rush frenzy to the advent of the cable-car. Highlights include the sea lions on Pier 39, stunning views overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, and a stop at the historic Old Del Monte Fruit Cannery. Upgrade to include a sightseeing cruise along the water.
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You’ll leave your heart in San Francisco after strolling 90 minutes along the famed Fisherman’s Wharf area. Indeed, it may take even longer as you stop to enjoy the sights, ride a boat around the bay or to famed Alcatraz prison, shop at Pier 39 or eat at the outdoor seafood counters. Hey, save some sourdough bread for us.
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3 Hr. Private Segway Tour - Sunset in Chinatown and San Francisco WaterfrontHalf-day Tours

3 Hr. Private Segway Tour - Sunset in Chinatown and San Francisco Waterfront

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See beautiful San Francisco by Segway on this 3-hour private tour featuring Chinatown at night and more. A local guide will lead the way, providing fun and insightful commentary as you discover San Francisco on two wheels.
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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Should I book USS Pampanito tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since USS Pampanito can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 12 USS Pampanito tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit USS Pampanito 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to USS Pampanito costs USD 20.00. Guided USS Pampanito tours start around USD 20.00 per person. See all 12 USS Pampanito tickets and tours on Viator.
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