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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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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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A great place to take your childern

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
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Tiburon, California
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Tiburon, California
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85 reviews 85 reviews
19 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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
31 helpful votes 31 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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256 reviews 256 reviews
89 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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205 attraction reviews
217 helpful votes 217 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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Morton, Illinois
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101 reviews 101 reviews
30 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The scale is awesome and the scientific information about the environment complexity and interaction is very interesting. You can spend 3 to 4 hours or more, but go even if you only have an hour to at least get the 'cliff notes' version. Informative and well presented. Creation is so interrelated, that one element can't possibly exist for hours, let... More 

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Cincinnati
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98 reviews 98 reviews
26 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I was truly overwhelmed when I walked into the main floor of this place. 100,000 sq ft scale model of San Francisco harbor. It is hard to describe how cool this place is as it really sounds geeky. But basically engineers and environmentalists built a full scale model of the bay to evaluate some projects starting in the 1950s. So,... More 

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Pasadena, CA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I went along grudgingly with the hubby. Found I spent more time than him. Very interesting historical piece as well as current info regarding the bay.

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We found this site while driving through Sausalito. If you like science at all you'll find this to be very interesting. It's got history, science, education and best of all it's free. When we were there it was operating normally and you could watch the water levels cycle from low to high tide and back. The thought that went into... More 

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