Baton Rouge, Louisiana: WWII Destroyer Kidd - Pirate of the Pacific

Tour the Fletcher-class destroyer USS Kidd, which may be afloat or on land depending on the river level. During its operation in World War II it was known as the "Pirate of the Pacific" after ransoming rescued pilots back to their carriers in exchange for ice cream mix. You can get pretty close for photos from the adjacent Riverwalk.

U.S.S. Kidd Veterans Memorial

305 South River Rd., Baton Rouge, LA
From I-10 exit 155a merge onto Nicholson dr Turn left on government St Memorial on left on S River Rd
Daily 9 - 5. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Save to My Sights

Visitor Tips and News About WWII Destroyer Kidd - Pirate of the Pacific

Reports and tips from visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

WWII Destroyer Kidd.

WWII Destroyer Kidd - Pirate of the Pacific

Doesn't take too long to tour the USS Kidd. Include time to visit the adjacent museum.

[Mastiff70, 04/04/2018]

WWII Destroyer Kidd - Pirate of the Pacific

WWII Destroyer Kidd - Pirate of the Pacific

I came there after midnight. I was raised in Baton Rouge. it's more interesting to see some colors during night than day. Bring your friends or family members along. Don't go there by yourself.

[christy miers, 11/24/2013]

USS Kidd.

Destroyer U.S.S. Kidd Veterans Memorial

DD 661 + memorial.

[Gary, 12/18/2012]

The World War II destroyer U.S.S. Kidd sits on a special cradle to accommodate the cyclical levels of the Mississippi River -- in the spring, it floats, but at other times is on dry land. Launched in 1943 and named after Rear Admiral Isaac Campbell Kidd, killed on the battleship Arizona in Pearl Harbor. The USS Kidd flew the Jolly Roger and became known by the US fleet as the "Pirate of the Pacific" after extorting ice cream mix from aircraft carriers in trade for rescued pilots.

Nearby Offbeat Places

Big Root Beer MugBig Root Beer Mug, Baton Rouge, LA - < 1 mi.
Huey Long's Towering TombstoneHuey Long's Towering Tombstone, Baton Rouge, LA - < 1 mi.
Mike The Tiger HabitatMike The Tiger Habitat, Baton Rouge, LA - 2 mi.
In the region:
Freedom Tree and Purple Martin Sanctuary, Plaquemine, LA - 11 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

September 27, 2020

My Sights

My Sights

Create and Save Your Own Crazy Road Trip!

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

Louisiana Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Hat n' Boots, Seattle, Washington (Sep 21-27, 2020)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Sightings. Arrives without warning. Leaves no burn marks. A free newsletter from Subscribe now! Hotel & Motel Finder

Special rates for hotels.

Book Now


Favorite Quirky City Sights