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San Francisco Bay Model

2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965
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Ranked #5 of 9 attractions in Sausalito
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Specialty Museums, Architectural Buildings
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: The world's largest working model of San Francisco Bay.
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Winter Springs, Florida
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71 reviews 71 reviews
32 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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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75 reviews 75 reviews
36 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 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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79 reviews 79 reviews
17 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

Rainy days - Hangin' around but never need to frown; Rainy days and winter days never need to get you all down. Grab your kiddies, grandpa too; Warm, dry, no smelling like the zoo. Great place to visit for bay area folks and families … could be of interest to engineer types, who have interest in technology of the past,... More

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Old Greenwich CT
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87 reviews 87 reviews
31 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013 via mobile

First, they were written when the place was being renovated. Second, it is renovated and, as the positive reviews note, it is a fascinating place. Not for small children, it's for big children. Meaning, you.

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San Francisco, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

The Bay Model in Sausalito is housed under a 3 acre roof and run by the U.S. Corps of Engineers. The functioning hydraulic model of the Bay is one and a half acres in size with walkways and signage allowing you to understand the importance of this body of water. There is a self guided tour and also tours with... More

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San Jose, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

if you live in the bay area you will find it interesting. Nice display on liberty ships. Friendly informative staff.

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Chicago, Illinois
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65 reviews 65 reviews
26 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

This is my #1 favorite place in the SF Bay Area. I used to live in the East Bay and would con my friends to go to Sausalito for lunch as a cover to stop at the Bay Model afterward. Someday I hope to be there when they are testing something.

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

A model of SF Bay the size of a football field which replicates the tides and currents. Very informative and interesting. More fun than it sounds, and free.

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Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

A great geological perspective of San Francisco and the Bay Area, You'll be amazed how big this working model of the bay is.

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