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“V interesting” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of San Francisco Bay Model

San Francisco Bay Model
Ranked #8 of 49 things to do in Sausalito
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Owner description: The world's largest working model of San Francisco Bay.
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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206 reviews
88 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“V interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited April 2014
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Ukiah, California
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89 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“What a treasure!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited April 2014
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Winter Springs, Florida
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169 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
“Harder to take your water for granted after this exhibit!”
4 of 5 bubbles 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 old with us, and while it's probably more suitable for older school age children and teens, he was able to enjoy some of the interactive exhibits and occasionally run free in the spacious recesses of the model. Younger children might enjoy looking at the ships on the docks more than the inside exhibits.
The model is CLOSED on MONDAYs.

Visited March 2014
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Southwest Harbor, Maine
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118 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Wonderful Opportunity to Understand the Bay Area Watershed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 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.

Visited March 2014
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Palo Alto, California
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“Fascinating place for technology-oriented grownups - but not for kids”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 the other adults to the Bay Model. The actual Model is huge, a concrete scale model of water flow in the SF Bay and the adjoining watersheds, requiring a parade-square-sized building to house it. This thing is a civil engineer's dream. It has been used for decades for professional study of water flow in the Bay and adjoining fresh waters. Give yourself at least an hour to watch the short film and to walk around the model itself. The building has indoor restrooms, and currently has some displays that might be of interest to WW2 vets. There is also a photo gallery of the Bay Area. But like we said - leave the kids at home. This is far too specialized for their short attention spans.

Visited March 2014
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