Getting around a city on foot can be challenging, especially if you have a bad sense of direction or you're carrying a 6-foot party sub horizontally. Navigate effortlessly with this Groupon.
- $25 for a guided tour of the USS Potomac: FDR's Presidential Yacht (up to a $40 value)
Tours are held on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Tours depart up until 2:45 p.m., and are subject to weather conditions. Tours are approximately 45 minutes long, and feature a 15-minute video prior to the tour.
Most presidents don't have yachts these days. Perhaps they're content with schooners, Air Force Ones, and secret teleporters. But Franklin Delano Roosevelt had a yacht that he treasured to his dying day. The USS Potomac isn't the type of seacraft that ferries playboys sipping mimosas and listening to Hall and Oates. It's a former Coast Guard cutter Electra boasting 416 tons of inertia designed for up to 30 knots of cruising speed; it's intended for authoritarian command. When the Squire of Hyde Park held the reins, the 165-foot vessel played host to political meetings, the very first visit of the British monarchy, and fishing trips, and it even served as a decoy while FDR and Churchill crafted the Atlantic Charter between games of Marco Polo. But when he passed, his sweet ship suffered decades of decrepit owners, including Elvis Presley, and nearly docked for good in heaven's scrapyard before a 12-year, $5 million restoration returned her luster.
Now docked at Jack London Square where landlubbers savor dockside tours, the floating testament to the New Deal maker also departs on chartered cruises and history tours. The expert docents give the full dossier on the FDR, his buoyant baby, and the history of San Francisco Bay as tour-goers soak in the sights and high seas.