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!
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.
Student $8 / Active military with ID $6
Under 6 years free with an adult
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!
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.