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USS LST 325 Returns to Dubuque

The last operational Landing Ship Tank (LST) from WWII in the United States will be open for tours in Dubuque, September 7-12, 2023 from 9am to 5pm daily. 

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September 7 - 12, 2023

USS LST 325 Open For Public Tours

About the ship.

The USS LST 325 served in WWII, in arctic operations in the 1950’s moved on to be of service in the Greek Navy until 2000 when it was brought back to the United States where it is now docked for 11 months of the year in Evansville, IN LST stands for Landing Ship, Tank and is an amphibious vessel designed to land battle-ready tanks, troops and supplies directly onto enemy shores. Ships of this type proved to be enormously useful during times of war and peace both. Today this ship is its own nonprofit, and it tours the country to educate its visitors to the role of the LST in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.

Plan your visit.

Make plans to visit the USS LST while it makes port in Dubuque!

Port of Dubuque American Trust River’s Edge Plaza near the Mississippi River Walk

September 7 - 12, 2023 from 9 am to 5 pm daily

See more in the FAQs below.


The Details

Where will it be docked in Dubuque?

Port of Dubuque American Trust River’s Edge Plaza near the Mississippi River Walk

When will it be in Dubuque?

September 6, 2023 Ship lands at American Trust River’s Edge Plaza; Time TBD 

September 7 –12, 2023 Open to the public for tours 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

September 12, 2023 Departs Dubuque for Hanibal, MO after the ship closes. 

Tickets / Admission: How much, when can I purchase, what payment type is accepted?

18 and older: $15 per person

6-17: $7.50 per person 

Ages 5 and under are free – NOTE Small children will have to be carried there is no accommodation for strollers 

Tickets can’t be purchased in advance, only available for purchase day of Cash, Check and Credit card will be accepted as form of payment

Where do admission fees go?

All admission fees go directly back to the ship to assist in operation costs, upkeep of the ship and to keep its home in Evansville, IN up to date.

Who can tour this ship and what is the max capacity of people touring at one time?

The public is welcome to tour the ship during the hours of operation listed above. All ages welcome. Max capacity of guests on the ship is about 4,000 per day or 600 per hour. If there are bottlenecks on the tour route, the admission of new visitors may be slowed to allow everyone a chance to enjoy the displays.

Is the ship handicap accessible?

The tank deck is accessible for wheelchairs, but there is no way to get people in wheelchairs to other decks.

There are 5 sets of ladders (stairs) that need to be used to complete the ship tour. The steps are open, so flat shoes, no heels are suggested.

There are no accessible, safe to use elevators on the ship for visitors.

As a historical ship, they are not required to be completely ADA compliant. They are historically accurate and impaired mobility is a problem for them. The tank deck has many displays and IS wheelchair accessible. They have had relatives with a go pro camera that feeds back to their relative in a wheelchair as an option.

Service dogs are allowed; however, owners are cautioned that there are large crowds and that the ships surfaces of steel decks and open stair treads are not animal friendly. Owners are also requested to clean up after their animals as necessary.

Is there a security check point?

There is not a security person per se, but they will have signs saying the purses and back packs are subject to inspection. This can change prior to arrival in Dubuque

Can you send me a brochure or information via mail?

The ship itself does not have brochures they mail out ahead of time. Travel Dubuque will have a flyer (available in late June) with general information that can be mailed with our Travel Guide. Each guest on the ship will receive a brochure describing the tour route when they pay their admission.

Can I get involved by volunteering?

All volunteer spots have been filled! Thank you for your interest. 

If you have already signed up for a volunteer spot and have any further questions, please contact Julie Kronlage or Becky Carkeek at Travel Dubuque at 563.845.7698

Can I sponsor this event or donate money to it outside of touring?

Can I sponsor this event or donate money to it outside of touring? Yes, sponsorship levels are available and donations outside of general admission to the ship are very much welcomed. Please contact Travel Dubuque at 563.845.7698 to learn more – specifically asking for Julie or Becky.


Where to Stay

The Dubuque area has a variety of places to choose from when it comes to lodging. Below, see a list of lodging partners supporting the USS LST 325 during its stay in Dubuque. For a full list of places to stay, click here.

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Dubuque
Stay and Save

Get a discounted room rate. 

Deal runs from September 7-12, (2 night minimum), includes complimentary continental breakfast. Book by August 23, 2023.

September 7, 10, and 11: $229 plus tax per night
September 8-9: $379 plus tax per night

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Hotel Julien Dubuque
Stay and Save

Enjoy $10 off our Best Available Rates

Enter the Promo Code USSLST325 in the promo field when reserving or call the hotel directly at 1-563-556-4200 and mention this promo to get $10 off our Best Available Rates. Cannot be combined with other offers. Based on available room types. Travel dates must be September 7-12, 2023.

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Thank You To Our Sponsors


TriState Porta Potty 

Dittmer Recycling 

Chad Ellis Construction 

Crawford Company North 

Kluesner Construction 

Harris Golf Carts HyVee