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Battleship IOWA Welcomes You Aboard
Battleship IOWA is a monument to American ingenuity and engineering innovation, and her crew welcomes you and your guests to celebrate upon her teak decks, whether in the quiet shade of her officers’ verandas, her stately officers’ spaces, or on the large-capacity covered fantail.
Groups of all sizes are easily accommodated onboard Battleship IOWA, and your guests will long savor the memories and experiences they create with you aboard the Battleship of Presidents.
Whatever the occasion, we have the perfect venue for your future events. Book your event now
Vision: The American Spirit
When you host an event on IOWA, you help realize this vision by bringing the iconic ship to life, as your guests are treated to a unique venue in the heart of the Los Angeles, CA Waterfront.
Proceeds earned from events held aboard IOWA are invested by the Pacific Battleship Center in the restoration and preservation of the ship’s proud heritage.
The LA Waterfront
Global and Regional Crossroads
Standing guard along Berth 87, IOWA evokes the proud naval and maritime heritage of the historic Los Angeles Waterfront. From 1919 to 1940, the San Pedro breakwater was home port to the U.S. battleship fleet along with its dozens of cruisers, destroyers, and support craft.
Today, IOWA is moored in the heart of the nation’s busiest seaport. Pleasure boat marinas dot the waterfront; your guests will watch as sleek sailing craft and massive cargo carriers slip through the channel under the soaring towers of the Vincent J. Thomas Bridge.
Barely a mile from the southern terminus of the 110 Freeway, and just off the 710/405 interchange, Battleship IOWA is easily reached by freeway from the San Fernando Valley, West Los Angeles, South Bay, Downtown Los Angeles, or anywhere in Los Angeles county. It is also easily accessible from locations in Orange County. Neighboring convention centers and family attractions make IOWA convenient to any Southern California vacation destination or business gathering.
Special Locations For Your Special Event
INTIMATE • EVOCATIVE • MEMORABLE
Your guests will enjoy the gentle seaport climate of outdoor special event locations aboard Battleship IOWA. Concerts, weddings, prom night, military ceremonies, and corporate functions are seamlessly hosted at the ship.
From the fantail views of the LA Harbor Main Channel to the sweeping vistas of Palos Verdes and Long Beach from her upper deck verandas, IOWA’s special event venues are breathtaking.
Indoor settings evoke naval history and understated maritime grace: Officers’ Wardrooms, In-Port Captain’s Cabin, and other unique surroundings will leave your guests buzzing with excitement and wonder. Gatherings aboard Battleship IOWA feature a backdrop of quiet strength with a uniquely American accent: born of war, witness to war’s end, the ship is at once a monument to both the nation’s commitment to victory and its devotion to peace.
Click on any event space below to find out about its characteristics and amenities.
Think of the fantail as IOWA’s back porch: a large open space with 360-degree views of the ship, Vincent Thomas Bridge, LA Harbor, Palos Verdes, and San Pedro. The fantail is the most popular venue on the ship and one of the more unique outdoor venues in the city.
It offers great flexibility and easy access from the dock. There is room for a band or DJ, a dance floor, and plenty of capacity for seating and food service on the expansive deck.
The lights of the city and cooler night air make this a great choice as a wedding venue or one of the most unforgettable prom locations Los Angeles has to offer.
The fantail includes a full tent covering, lighting, stage, audio, up to twenty-four (24) 72″ round tables, and up to 300 white folding chairs in the rental fee. For an additional fee, we have an LED wall, four (4) satellite TVs, heaters, cocktail tables, and a podium available.
The most formal setting for crew dining, the Wardroom was where generations of junior officers were served by white-clad orderlies.
Your special event guests will long remember the spacious and open atmosphere of IOWA’s Wardroom. Easy sightlines accommodate speaking programs and award presentations against the backdrop of nautical decorations and large portholes with heavy brass fittings.
The Wardroom has a fixed seating arrangement, projector, screen located for easy visibility, and basic audio. Additional TVs can be added for a fee.
Battleship IOWA’s most exclusive special event venue served as the in-port Captain’s Cabin for the ship’s three tours of duty.
The historical significance of this amazing space will leave a deep impression on those who attend your event. The cabin is a striking artifact of IOWA’s unique role in American history.
This venue immediately adjoins the President’s berthing space. Your guests will sip their cocktails at the table where FDR approved D-Day plans and relax in the lounge space where the president and his five-star military chiefs watched movies after dining. The FDR Cabin directly connects your special event guests with some of America’s most influential figures.
This space comes with fixed seating arrangement and couches in a lounge area. For an additional fee, you can add basic audio and television.
FDR and his War Cabinet took in the sea air from this open venue while sailing to the Tehran Conference in 1943. The Commander-in-Chief’s Veranda features teak deck planks, porthole exterior backdrops for a nautical theme and railings overlooking IOWA’s massive 16″ guns.
This historic venue provides an exclusive “upper deck” site – a comfortable, yet stately setting for midsize to smaller groups. The stunning views of the harbor are a perfect backdrop to enhance the atmosphere for an elegant, special night.
IOWA’S DOCKSIDE PLAZA
Battleship IOWA’s starboard profile raises a dramatic backdrop for this outdoor location. Your guests will relax in an expansive, casual setting that is ideal for barbeques, small festivals, and other midsize to large group gatherings.
Dockside events are perfect for family-friendly events, and the sunsets over Palos Verdes are striking!
Pronounced “fohk-suhl,” since before the days of Admiral Nelson’s Royal Navy gunboats, the area was where the ship’s company would muster – and in early times, where the crew would bunk down at sea.
Aboard IOWA, the foc’s’le is an open-air venue unique among event spaces. Anchor chains and windlasses line the teak forward deck, shaded by the turrets of her mighty main guns. The forward decks slope gracefully downward from the bow, affording guests their best view of her imposing superstructure.
Mid-size receptions are ideal in this extraordinary, visually striking venue.
CPO LOUNGE & MESS
The Chief Petty Officer (CPO) occupies a storied and highly-respected position in Navy hierarchy and custom. These natural leaders of the enlisted crew were salty, experienced, and knowledgeable.
Veterans and guests of military-themed events will feel right at home – even though this space was hallowed and off limits to all but the tight fraternity of Navy Chiefs.
Your guests will settle comfortably in this “club” atmosphere, perfect for small to mid-size gatherings.
CREW’S MESS DECKS
Your special event guest can “grab some chow” at the same tables as did generations of Battleship IOWA sailors! This ruggedly attractive venue is evocative of chowtime for IOWA shipmates, after-hours “scuttlebutt,” or poker games.
Dozens of tables and generous interior space gives your special event flexibility for casual dining, breakout groups, and fun gathering spots. Adjoining kitchen and cafeteria-style serving lines adds convenience for your catered event.
This space comes with a fixed seating arrangements and is best for intimate groups.
SPECIAL OPTIONS FOR YOUR SPECIAL EVENT
IN-HOUSE RENTALS AVAILABLE
- 72″ round tables.
- Cocktail tables.
- Folding chairs.
- Folding chair covers.
- Expanded stage.
- Expanded Audio / Visual including a TV wall.
- Media multi-box.
Our onboard Vicky’s Cafe provides catering options for small to mid level events including breakfast, lunch, reception, and dinner. We also have our beer & wine license, allowing us to provide beverage service for your event.
Want to bring on your own caterer? That is also an option. Reach out to our team to ask about the different options available.
Battleship IOWA is an exclusive Pepsi property for soft drinks.
There are many areas of Battleship IOWA not yet open to public tours. Among these are engineering spaces, senior officer’s wardrooms, sick bay and the post office. Special VIP tours can be arranged for your special event guests. Please inform IOWA in advance if you desire a VIP tour.
Exclusive Tour Guides
Bring Battleship IOWA alive for your special event guest by reserving an Exclusive Tour Guide. Many of IOWA’s Tour Guides are US Navy veterans, and their personal insights will create a unique experience for your guests.
When Battleship IOWA was an active Navy vessel, this was the spot for sailors to buy official IOWA stationery for letters home, IOWA ball caps, and new dungarees. Today’s IOWA ship store is an exciting source for all things IOWA! You can arrange a gift package for your special guest from among the many affordable sourvenirs stocked in the ship’s store. With advance notice, IOWA will extend the store hours for your evening special event guests.
Make this year’s prom unforgettable
As a prom committee, you want to choose a theme and venue that will truly make the night special. IOWA has several spaces that can serve as a remarkable setting as you enjoy the city lights and views of the open water under a night sky.
For one of the best prom venues in the city, skip the Natural History Museum and enjoy the romantic ambiance of the sea.
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