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San Francisco Bay Model

2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965
415-332-3870
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Ranked #6 of 11 Attractions in Sausalito
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Architectural Buildings
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: The world's largest working model of San Francisco Bay.
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Go and see. It's free although we made a small donation. Lots of informative displays. It is starting to show it's age but that for not detract from the sheer scale and brilliance of the model. Great to kill a hour or so.

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Spring Branch, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

During a Kayak Trip in Sausalito the guide told the group about the Bay Model. What a fascinating place! I wished that we had known about it before the Kayak Trip for it put the Bay Area in a logical easy to see Model. Every 4 minutes the model changes from low to high tide. We happen to be there... More

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Truckee, California
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76 reviews 76 reviews
20 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

If you're interested in the bay, delta and such this is the place to go. Boaters of any type will also love it.

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Valentine, TX
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99 reviews 99 reviews
52 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The model was huge and pretty interesting and it was free! I'd only suggest it if your party is interested in models as there is not much else in the building. It is pretty impressive and huge though. Good place to spend an hour or so.

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Sebastopol
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Easily reached from San Francisco using the Sausalito Ferry. A ' not to be missed' Visitor Center, with FREE ADMISSION. An amazing large scale model of the San Francisco Bay - Delta area. Review the natural history & modern life, ecology, tidal effects, birds, fish, commercial & pleasure boating, environmental impacts, the Bridges, the Airports, fresh water & Pacific Ocean,... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Good place to spend an hour or so, but would say adults would appreciate it more than children given it was a working research centre before it became a tourist attraction. But well worth a visit.

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Ukiah, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

We discovered this "by accident", while driving around Sausalito. We showed up at 3:30 pm, a half hour before closing. We'll be going back to explore it all.

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Winter Springs, Florida
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33 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

This is an amazing accomplishment of the Army Corps of Engineers, a re-creation of the "West Coast's largest estuary" and a tool for studying the effects of people on this ecosystem. The physical layout is fascinating, especially because the water levels are constantly changing as the normal tides do in the Bay area and Delta. We had a three year... More

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Southwest Harbor, Maine
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39 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Wow - this place is HUGE and is a wonderful visual aid for understanding all that makes up the Bay area, from the rivers, the mountain run off, the oceans, the bay, and surrounding eco-systems. A don't miss for visitors to the San Francisco area.

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Palo Alto, California
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28 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Contrary to some other reviews of this place, this Army Corps of Engineers facility is hardly for children, who are unlikely to get anything out of the sophisticated displays. The few children we saw there were bored and acting-up. Even teens will get bored without a guide. So send Grandpa and the kids to the park, and take yourselves and... More

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