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Battleship USS Iowa BB-61
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Owner description: 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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Greenfield, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Good way to spend a Sunday morning...”
Reviewed 4 July 2014

We just visited last Sunday morning. There was no waiting to get on board (other than waiting for the bathroom when we got there--be aware the bathrooms on-site were out-of-order and we had to wait for a single restroom across from the ship entrance).

It took us around 3 hours to do the self-guided tour. We wished we could've seen a little more of the ship, but you do seem to get to see quite a bit of it. Our brother / brother-in-law who has also seen the USS Missouri in Hawaii said that you can see quite a bit more of the USS Missouri than what you can of the USS Iowa. We watched the movie "Battleship" when we returned home and it was interesting to see the ship in the movie (in movie it was the USS Missouri, but both ships are "Iowa class" so the Iowa is basically same design).

There were volunteers peppered around who would answer questions and provide interesting snippets of info. We enjoy history, so it was an interesting and worthwhile way to spend our last day in L.A.

Our 11 year old son was not as interested, however, and was just barely "tolerating" the experience (he would've preferred an hour on the ship versus everyone else's 3 hours). Our 13 year old daughter is quite interested in history, so wanted to read everything and did enjoy it, so as far as "kid value" it really depends on your kids and what they are interested in.

Visited June 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Magnificent ship”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

This is a must see if you're taking a trip to Los Angeles. The Iowa and Iowa class battleships are true pieces of living history having gone through WWII, Korea, Vietnam (the New Jersey BB-62), and Desert Storm. You really get overwhelmed going through seeing the weaponry, the crew berthing, the bridge, and just what made the ship go.

Definitely a must for anyone who loves history, learning about WWII to Desert Storm, or Naval Warfare enthusiasts.

Visited August 2013
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Noblesville, Indiana
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“Self guided tour, very nice.”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

We did the self guided tour and it was very nice. A lot of good info and history. There were many volunteers that were helping along the way if people had any questions. My dad was very helpful at explaining what different things were on the ship as he served 20 years in the Navy. I would recommend this to anyone that likes Navy ships and has a few hours to visit.

Visited June 2014
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Torrance, California
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great for Students!”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

As an 8th grade history teacher, I organized a field trip for over 100 of my students. It was a great visit! The veterans who led four different small groups were very knowledgable and informative. They fielded all sorts of questions from my students with care and made this truly an educational experience they will remember.

Visited April 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Very Big Ship!”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

I liked that we could actually see the ship in one day. We got to sit in the Captain's seat and see what it was like to fire on the enemy. It was really amazing to see how they lived aboard ship.

Visited July 2013
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