Rides & Deck Tours

Experience history like never before aboard PT-305! Fast and maneuverable, Patrol Torpedo boats were a unique and essential tool for US naval forces during World War II. See and feel the PT boat experience and learn about the service of the men who called them home with PT-305—the world's only fully restored combat-veteran PT boat in operation today!

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The hull of the fully restored PT-305

Ride Details

Only offered on Saturday, limited availability. We highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance to assure your spot on the boat.

Children under 12 are not allowed on the boat.

Lasts approximately 90 minutes.

$350 per person; $305 for seniors, children ages 12–17, military, and Museum Members.

The boat is not ADA accessible.

Exclusive charters are available. Please contact our Travel & Conference Department at 877-813-3329 x257 for further details.

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Service-era PT boat on the water

Deck Tour Details

Offered on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The last tour begins at 3:00 p.m. each day.

Lasts approximately 45 minutes.

$15 per person; $12 for seniors, children ages 12–17, military, and Museum Members.

The boat is not ADA accessible.

Children under 12 are not allowed on the boat.

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Torpedoes on the deck of PT-305

FAQs

Expand to get the answers to frequently asked questions about touring and riding PT-305.

Are there group rates?

Yes. Groups that wish to charter PT-305 for a private experience may do so, based on availability. Please contact the Museum’s Travel & Conference Department for more information and special pricing.

Do you offer a shuttle from the Museum campus to the boathouse?

Yes, a shuttle is available from The National WWII Museum’s campus to Lakeshore Landing, where the boathouse is located, for $29 per person round-trip. This is approximately a 30-minute ride each way and will depart from the Museum 45 minutes prior to the scheduled ride time. This service must be prebooked with PT-305 ticket purchase. The shuttle picks up outside the Museum’s Jeri Nims Soda Shop. Rides with fewer than 10 guests may be asked to adjust ride time.

How is seating assigned?

PT-305 can accommodate up to 18 guests on specially designed “ammo cases” that provide seating for up to two guests each and are equipped with handles for safety.

Do I have to purchase my tickets in advance, and if so, how far in advance?

Tickets for rides aboard PT-305 must be purchased in advance online or in person at the Museum. We expect the first year of operation tickets to go quickly, so guests should plan early and reserve as soon as possible.

What do I wear?

We suggest guests wear sturdy shoes with little or no heel and comfortable casual clothing. On occasion, the deck and gangway may be slippery and necessitate shoes with traction to avoid slipping. We do recommend sunscreen as PT-305 does not provide cover. Should there be light rain or mist, we will provide ponchos. Umbrellas are not allowed on board.

What will the ride feel like?

PT-305 is a wooden-hull vessel designed for military use. On occasion, water conditions may determine how smooth the cruise experience may be. Headphones will be provided to buffer noise from the engines and also provide information during your ride.

What safety precautions are taken?

There will be an informative safety video shown in the boathouse, as well as further safety guidance once aboard PT-305.

Is there a minimum age?

Yes. Children must be 12 or older.

How long does the experience last?

We ask guests to arrive no more than 10 minutes prior to their scheduled ride. We anticipate the experience to last approximately 90 minutes, including time in the boathouse.

Who will be aboard PT-305 when I ride?

PT-305 is staffed with a crew of five maritime industry professionals, including a captain, engineer, and three deck-crew members who have all undergone thorough training on safe operation.

May I take pictures during my ride?

We require guests to remain seated at all times. Hands must be free to hold on to safety handles. Safe storage for purses and other belongings will be provided by staff in the boathouse during your ride.

What kind of still photos can I expect?

Upon departure, a group photo will be taken on board PT-305 and will be available for purchase at the completion of your ride.

What if weather and/or water conditions don't allow for safe operation of PT-305?

Guests who have purchased tickets will be notified no less than two hours prior to scheduled ride time in the event weather or water conditions do not allow for safe operation of PT-305.

The makeup date is exactly 24 hours after the scheduled ride time (Sundays). Should you wish not to participate on the alternately scheduled ride time, a full refund will be provided to the original form of payment used for ticket purchase.

What does my ride ticket support?

PT-305’s three Packard engines run on aviation fuel, same as during World War II. She is operated by an experienced, specially trained crew of six, and managed by a professional staff. PT-305’s custom-built boathouse is designed to protect her from the elements and provide a space for visitors to view video presentations and exhibit panels. Finally, PT-305, her crew, and guest riders are covered by comprehensive, highly customized insurance policies.

Driving Instructions

6701 Stars and Stripes Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70126

From New Orleans West Bank

Take US-90 BUS East and cross the Crescent City Connection into downtown New Orleans. After passing the Smoothie King Center on your right, take I-10 East toward Slidell. Continue onI-10 East, taking exit 241 for Morrison Road. Continue on Morrison, taking a right on Downman Road. You will eventually come to a seawall, where you will turn right onto Stars and Stripes Boulevard. Follow Stars and Stripes to the end and follow signage directing you where to park.

From Metairie/Baton Rouge

Take I-10 East from Baton Rouge to New Orleans. At the I-10/610 split, stay on I-610 East, merging onto I-10 East to Morrison Road. Take exit 241 for Morrison Road. Continue on Morrison, taking a right on Downman Road. You will eventually come to a seawall, where you will turn right onto Stars and Stripes Boulevard. Follow Stars and Stripes tothe end and follow signage directing you where to park.

From the North

Follow I-55 South and then take I-10 East. Follow I-10 East for 23.6 miles. At the I-10/610 split, stay on I-610 East, merging onto I-10 East to Morrison Road. Take exit 241 for Morrison Road. Continue on Morrison, taking a right on Downman Road. You will eventually come to a seawall, where you will turn right onto Stars and Stripes Boulevard. Follow Stars and Stripes to the end and follow signage directing you where to park.

From North Shore of Lake Ponchartrain

Drive the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway south to I-10 East. At the I-10/610 split, stay on I-610 East, merging onto I-10 East to Morrison Road. Take exit 241 for Morrison Road. Continue on Morrison, taking a right on Downman Road. You will eventually come to a seawall, where you will turn right onto Stars and Stripes Boulevard. Follow Stars and Stripes to the end and follow signage directing you where to park.