Battleship USS Iowa Museum, Los Angeles

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Tour the ship that carried Franklin Delano Roosevelt across the Atlantic Ocean when you visit Battleship USS Iowa Museum. Learn about its role as the last lead ship of any class of U.S. battleships on the Atlantic during World War II, and view the ship's guns, the officer’s mess, and the captain’s cabin, which served as FDR's quarters when he was on board. Ask the tour guides--who are retired Navy officers--any questions you have. If you're visiting with children, bring them on the complimentary Victory the Dog scavenger hunt--in honor of the ship’s mascot--which is available at the start of the tour. Note that there are no restrooms or food on board, and many obstacles like uneven decking and steep and narrow stairs on the ship make it inaccessible for wheelchairs, strollers, and small children. Take the guesswork out of planning a Los Angeles vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
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  • Preserved historic battleship a great addition to the area sites. Be prepared for lots of steps during this tour! Not mobility challenged friendly. 
    Preserved historic battleship a great addition to the area sites. Be prepared for lots of steps during this tour! Not mobility challenged friendly.  more »
  • You should visit this Museum. Great day showing respect to the Armed Forces. There are several Ship Museums but this is one of the best. 
    You should visit this Museum. Great day showing respect to the Armed Forces. There are several Ship Museums but this is one of the best.  more »
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  • Great day excursion ,take the self guided tour, an try out the aviation simulators. History for the viewing. Good food I. The on board cafeteria. Also if you are adventurous sign up for one of their specialty tours. Also offer overnight sleep overs aboard ship for adult chaperoned school age kids. Plus a really great place to have an event from intimate to hundreds.
  • Awesome place to tour, especially if you take the special tours. It could be a bit expensive for some, but it's definitely a one of a kind experience and I'd say that's worth it. Usually there's hardly any wait time either, you can just show up with tickets (or buy them on the ship) and start right away. Been on a week day and a weekend, and there's a good amount of people but never enough to create a line. Also parking is cheap, only $2 an hour and the first hour is free, so it's mainly the entrance fee of $25 per adult that makes it expensive, but I think it's fairly reasonable considering it's an 80 year old battleship they're maintaining. Definitely some cool history and a great experience that I would certainly recommend, even if you're not the biggest fan of boats, just simply because it's probably the only place you can see stuff like it.

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