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San Francisco Bay Model

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Address: 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965
Phone Number: 415-332-3870
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: The world's largest working model of San Francisco Bay.

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this is great - useful distraction if you have children with you and it's rainy (which is highly possible in San Francisco!) It was a scale model of the entire San Francisco bay... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
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ireland
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75 reviews 75 reviews
27 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

this is great - useful distraction if you have children with you and it's rainy (which is highly possible in San Francisco!) It was a scale model of the entire San Francisco bay area, allowing for all the rivers and tides that affect the water there. When I say "scale model" it is vast, occupying seemingly acres in a former... More 

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Geneva, Illinois
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We unfortunately went there 10 minutes before it closed... It will definitely be on our list for a return trip. You could spend several hours there as this model was extensive and very interesting.

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Portland, Maine
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58 reviews 58 reviews
13 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

The Center makes a perfect destination if you've come over to Sausalito for the day. A pleasant mile walk from the ferry landing, sidewalk runs along the water, nice views of marinas on one side, shops on the other. The model of the Bay is interesting, lots of signage to help you understand its make-up and the geography of the... More 

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california
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98 reviews 98 reviews
45 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Very interesting, as large as 2 football fields, free parking, then there are picnic benches outside with a great view.

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Tiburon, California
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87 reviews 87 reviews
20 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Or those with a small child inside. This is one of the last U.S. Army Corps of Engineers working models. It was a must felid trip for us kids that grew up in Marin and a must stop for our children. It is located in the heart of Sausalito and makes a great stop that you will not see on... More 

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Dayville, Connecticut
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45 reviews 45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

I thought the Bay Model was only going to be a topographical scale model of the SF Bay. I was pleasantly surprised to find that while it was to scale, it was immense. The self-guided tour was free, except for the $3 fee if you wanted a headset to listen to at each stop along the tour. Very interesting to... More 

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San Rafael, California
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272 reviews 272 reviews
92 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Learn about the history of the ship building and tides here. An amazing bldg. filled with a scale working model of the Bay Area and you can watch the tides actually come in and out. Really a lovely place. Awesome for kids too. Docents will walk you around the old shipyards and give you a history too.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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107 reviews 107 reviews
71 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We walked from the ferry at Saulsalito to the Bay Model. It really is worth going to just for the shear scale it. It's free to go in & when we visited there was only a couple of other people in there. Fantastic way to spend a couple of hours or so.

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Santa Rosa, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This is a wonderful place to take anyone that might be interested in learning about the tide patterns of the bay.

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Chicago, IL
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212 attraction reviews
224 helpful votes 224 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This giant model is awesome. It is to scale, but the water is deeper to allow for scientific observation. There is a film introducing elements, and you can just wander around the entire Bay watershed. The only difficulty is that there is minimal signage guiding people walking from town, which presented neat waterfront parks and pathway and then a warehouse... More 

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