Historical Attractions

USS Pampanito Submarine San Francisco

Where is it at?

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USS Pampanito Submarine
Pier 45
San Francisco
CA
94147
Tel: 415-755-1942

Directions

Parking can be quite difficult in San Francisco, so public transport might be the better option.

If you do want to drive, you need to head to Pier 45 at Fisherman's Wharf. If you are coming from North Bay, take the Golden Gate Bridge south to San Francisco, then follow signs for Lombard. Turn left on Van Ness N and at North Point turn right. Left on Taylor will bring you to Pampanito on the east side of Pier 45 Shed A.

Where are we going today?

Up Periscope!  What have you spotted, Captain?

Just a host of families enjoying this real life WWII submarine!  The USS Pampanito, located in the iconic Fisherman's Wharf, made six incredible patrols in the Pacific duing World War II.  Can you have a guess at how many ships she sank and damaged during her time on duty?

Well, to find out you will just have to visit!  That's what over 110,000 curious visitors do every year.

Walk around the galleys of this fascinating part of American history.  Can you imagine what smells would have made their way down the corridors from the busy bustling kitchen?  Can you hear the ruckus of the voices echoing off the walls?

History is not just meant to be learnt...it's meant to be experienced.  The Pampanito aims to really allow kids to experience what life would have been like on board, as well as learn of the historical importance.

Have you ever stayed overnight on a real life submarine?  No?  Well you just might be interested in the educational days and overnight programs that they hold!

The day program allows you to walk along the deck, as well as the interior, where you will learn about the difficult conditions that the crew would have faced.  Can you think of what some of these might have been?  

Students and organized groups, as part of your trip you can "patrol" the submarine and learn how it all works, as well as really understanding the science behind it.  (If you're lucky you might even watch a movie or two as you bunk down for the night!)  They even do birthday party tours! Certainly a unique way to celebrate your special day.

Ahoy Captain!  Down Periscope...she's ready for her adventure!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$12
  • Children$6
  • Free Under: Under 6 years free with an adult
LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

Open daily at 9am. Check closing times for the day you wish to visit. Tours operate on specific ti

Year Round

Teachers corner

There are great educational courses available, including a very science based overnight experience for the kids, where they learn about life on the submarine, as well as how it all works. They will also enjoy various experiments across the evening..

Any Top Tips?

Captain - it be a bit brisk on board! Make sure you wear layers since the San Francisco climate can change quite quickly - it can also be very windy! .

What people are saying?

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    It's always fun to visit one of these historical ships. There is not a lot of space to move around so leave those giant backpack and shopping bags behind. You'll need your hands to hang on the rails as you go up and down the stairs. Read the signs, they give you great information on the history of the ship. It is a bit hard to take pictures because almost all the space is used here. One thing that was surprising is that it rocked a lot on our visit and the small confine spacing cause use to get a bit of motion-sickness.

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    Really cool sub. This was the diesel sub used in the movie "Down Periscope". In 1996 my boy scout troop went there. We slept in the sub and got to really explore it. That is untill some of the boy got there hands on the signal light and started shining it into peoples houses. LOL good times

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    Sub zero if you are a geek. Ironically its name made me laugh. "We are being under attack. Pampanito is coming!"

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    Really small sub, makes you wonder how it's possible for so many men to live in such tight quarters. Best part of the entire experience was the retired Veteran who was there to answer our questions. It was fascinating to hear the stories.

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    If you are a WWII nerd wait no more. Go visit USS PAMPANITO. If you are not a WWII nerd, do the same. Visit USS PAMPANITO. This is one of the best experiences we had at SF and I recommend visiting this great place to everyone.

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