UNDead in the Water is Tampa’s only authentic nautical haunted attraction. Traverse multiple decks of this historic WWII cargo ship armed only with a blacklight flashlight. Avoid being eaten by the infected zombie stowaways as the merciless Ripper Squad do what they were trained to do, SEARCH AND DESTROY!

Zombies have taken over the mainland! The only way to escape is to evacuate to remote islands that have been cleared of the undead. All seafaring vessels have left Tampa, only one has returned to finish the job. The American Victory Ship, loaded with members of the elite zombie eradication team known as The Ripper Squad, has pulled back into port to rescue the last few survivors and eliminate as many zombies as possible in the process. Ultra violet light may slow the infected, but flame-throwers and grenades have a more permanent effect! Join the top notch crew as they SEARCH for survivors and DESTROY the animated dead!


Q:  What is the American Victory Ship?

A:  The American Victory Ship is a 1945 WWII ship that served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Built in only 55 days in the California Shipyard, it stands as an American icon and national treasure as it is only one of 3 fully operational cargo vessels in the country.  This floating museum is open Sunday and Monday from noon to 5pm and Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 5pm.  The ship embarks on a Relive History Cruise once per year and sails through the Channel for an exciting day of history, fun, music, food and more. Visit

Q:  Where do I park?

A:  The American Victory Ship is located on the dock of the Channel  in the Channelside District of downtown Tampa directly behind the Florida Aquarium.  Parking is available at the Channelside Parking Garage at the roundabout on Channelside Drive across from the Aquarium. Parking is also available at the Florida Aquarium parking lot across the street to the side of the Aquarium. Please note there is no parking allowed on the dock itself.

Q:  How do I get to the American Victory Ship from the parking garages?

A:  If parked at the Channelside Parking Garage, cross the street to the Florida Aquarium and follow the sidewalk around the Aquarium to the back.  If parked at the Florida Aquarium's parking lot, cross the street to the Tampa Bay Port Authority building to its right and follow to the end.

Q:  Are you handicapped accessible?

A:  The American Victory Ship is an operational WWII ship that is governed by the Code of Federal Regulations Title 46 and as such is not handicapped accessible. Please call in advance and we will work to accommodate your needs. 

Q:  Is there a dress code?

A:  Yes. No masks or costumes are allowed due to safety. The American Victory Ship is a 1945 WWII ship and you will be climbing stairs and ladders, walking hallways, and moving through doorways across high thresholds. You will also be walking decks, which may be wet depending on the weather. For your comfort and safety, please wear closed-toe shoes. Flip flops and sandals are not recommended, and high heels are not allowed. Also remember, it will be dark.

Q:  Is UNdead in the Water appropriate for children?

A:  Due to lighting and its scary nature, we recommend no children under the age of 12. Parents are responsible for children at all times. Parents are not allowed to carry children through the attraction. 

Q:  What will happen if I get too scared?

 A:   Alert one of our staff members and you will be escorted out.  Please remember there are no refunds or exchanges.

Q:  Is this a rain or shine event?

A:  Yes.  However, if there is extreme weather that may affect the safety of our patrons, the attraction will be closed until the weather changes.

Q:  Is there smoking allowed on the ship?

A:  No.  No smoking. vapor or open flame.

Firearms and weapons are not permitted on the premises. Please note the American Victory Ship reserves the right to refuse admittance to anyone.  If you come aboard and are intoxicated, belligerent, or pose a threat to our staff, volunteers, actors, or other guests, you will be removed from the premises by a member of our security team.

  • White Facebook Icon
  • White Twitter Icon
  • White Instagram Icon