USS Pampanito Submarine

San Francisco, CA

Where are we going?

USS Pampanito Submarine
Pier 45
San Francisco
CA 94133


What is there to do?

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'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!

How much does it cost?

Adults: $12

Children: $6

Discount: Student $8 / Active military with ID $6

Free Under: Under 6 years free with an adult


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


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! - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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