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Mare Island Naval Shipyard

Vallejo, CA
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Ranked #8 of 18 Attractions in Vallejo
Type: Historic Sites
Description: This former military facility is now oen to the public.
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Moss Beach, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Mare Island Naval shipyard and the grounds of Mare Island are not to be missed for local and out of the area visitors. it is not a place with lots of hype and commercial attractions but the sights and architecture of the various buildings is well worth the visit. On the north side there is an entrance from Highway 37... More

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San Francisco, California
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55 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

I couldn't find a lot of information on visiting Mare Island, so we (My girlfriend and I) had no idea how to enter. We didn't know if there was parking, or if it was even open to the public! The adventurer in us drove there on a Saturday anyway to see if we could figure it out. We drove in... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Easy access off Azuar Drive. Look for the dark blue sign with white lettering: "San Pablo Bay Trail." You will park in a gravel lot. At the trailhead and along the trail you will see educational signs describing the salt marsh harvest mouse and bird life as well as the history of Mare Island at the trail head and along... More

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Oakland, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
25 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

This place is a wonderful place to shoot architectural pictures. We spent an entire day and part of the evening wandering around shooting industrial scenes, artistic compositions, and natural landscapes. Great museum etc,not much in the way of food & drink or "amusements," but the nature preserve is a great place to walk... herons and all kinds of seabirds on... More

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Benicia. Ca
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

The island is being developed by Lennar Homes. Lennar continues to build streets, tear down non conforming buildings and is re-building the island's infrastucture. The island is now the headquarters for Vallejo Public Schools, and the US Forestry Service.. along with many manufacturers including a home manufacturing plant. The first residents bought their homes before the Great Recession and thus... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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74 reviews 74 reviews
57 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Admiral Faragut was the original commander in 1854; during World War 2, 46,000 workers built and repaired naval vessels here. Now the shipyard is decommissioned, property of city of Vallejo, and a few of the buildings are used by manufacturing companies for light assembly. The oldest buildings, the dry dock, the cranes from WW2, the officers' quarters and St. Peter's... More

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San Rafael, California
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115 reviews 115 reviews
56 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

The Mare Island shipyard is an opportunity to step back in time and see World War II and before from today's vantage point. I love to photograph old and abandoned industrial sites, so this works well for me. Part of Mare Island meets that criterion, while other parts are a thriving mix of new businesses. Mare Island dates back to... More

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San Diego, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Officer's Quarters, Power plants, building ways, Marine barracks, CPO Club, history is everywhere! Over 150 years of naval construction occurred here. Too much to tell of here! You must see it for yourself!

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San Francisco, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

I loved the Museum, and the park at the foot of the island run by the Mare Island Heritage Society. Friendly with a fantastic 360 degree view. The buildings and large officers quarters are fascinating. A gem.

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

The history here is hard to beleave. Was the oldest shipyard on the west coast. Built ships an record time during WWTWO.

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