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Address: Vallejo, CA
Phone Number: 707-557-1538
Description: This former military facility is now oen to the public.

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Step into History

The entire former Naval facility has been left is a state of arrested decay. Most of the buildings are abandoned, and have not been restored, but they have not been destroyed... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 18, 2015
Dante M
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Sacramento, California
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Sacramento, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
32 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The entire former Naval facility has been left is a state of arrested decay. Most of the buildings are abandoned, and have not been restored, but they have not been destroyed either, offering visitors the extraordinary chance to walk straight into the past. The haunting beauty of this fading industrial structures is incredible, so bring a camera! This National Historic... More 

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Dedham, Massachusetts
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

My main reason for going to the Mare Island Naval Shipyard was to see the actual ship my dad was stationed on in WWII. My dad passed away 13 years ago and I really wish he could have been there to tour it with me. I was very lucky to have been in contact with Bill Mason, the WWII vet... More 

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Carson City, Nevada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

How much they changed the old base. Where did all those big beautiful houses go that were the commanders quarters & such. They leveled so much I couldn't tell where I was. It didn't end where it does now, from back in the early 70's. So much has gone to ruin. So much waste and decay. Many of those old... More 

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Moss Beach, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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77 reviews 77 reviews
62 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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Vallejo
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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53 reviews 53 reviews
26 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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49 reviews 49 reviews
16 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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86 reviews 86 reviews
65 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 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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114 reviews 114 reviews
56 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 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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