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San Francisco Bay Model

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Address: 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965-1753
Phone Number: +1 415-332-3870
09:00 - 16:00
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The world's largest working model of San Francisco Bay.

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Awesome visit

After leaving Napa this was our next stop. It did not disappoint. Interesting exhibit of how the waters flow. Free to public. They do offer an audio tour for $5. We opted for... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 March 2016
Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2016 via mobile

After leaving Napa this was our next stop. It did not disappoint. Interesting exhibit of how the waters flow. Free to public. They do offer an audio tour for $5. We opted for the free self guided. Very interesting and glad we came.

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Houston, Texas
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2016

My husband and I are both engineers so naturally we found this attraction to be extremely interesting. It was built back in the day when computer modeling was still a dream and now that computers are a reality, it is used as a tourist attraction and education tool. It explains the science behind the bay in a simplified way that... More 

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Houston, Texas
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2016 via mobile

I saw this in a guidebook and thought my tween and teens might like it. They were so excited when I suggested it because it was featured on an episode of Mythbusters. It didn't disappoint. The introduction movie is a must see. The audio guide is interesting too.

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Mill Valley, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2016

This place is great for children on a rainy day. They can observe, learn and run abound a bit. No need to worry about "shushing"

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016

I Googled "What to do in Sausalito" and this popped up. I had never heard of it, despite many visits to the Bay area. It's easy to find, tucked away near the water. Huge, and chilly in the winter (think unheated warehouse) but if you like maps and that sort of thing, you really should visit. The floor where you... More 

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Manteca, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2015

This facility is awesome. The lobby and lead in areas are beautifully done. So much information and interactive things for kids to take part in. This model is huge, and actually shows how the tides effect the bay, and not just the bay, but all the inland waterways connected to it. It is used to determine how proposed changes will... More 

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South San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

a huge scale model of the San Francisco Bay, once used to simulate tidal movement with the entire bay . . now a public museum . . with free parking and admission . . best deal on the BAY! Bueatiful loaction and if you stop at nearby Millies to get lunch, you can eat at the tables near the Bay... More 

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San Francisco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015 via mobile

The San Francisco Bay model is one of the most interesting attractions in the San Francisco Bay region, but it's very easy to overlook this place. Located on the waterfront in Sausalito the bay model is not usually on anyone's tourist itinerary, , but it certainly should be. Inside the bay model you will find an enormous scale model of... More 

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SF Bay Area
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280 reviews
149 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2015

I'd never even heard of this model of the San Francisco Bay and it's huge ... over an acre in size! It was built to replicate the tidal activity in the bay and test various scenarios before proceeding with a project. They do that with computers now (of course, just like everything else!) so it is maintained as a museum.... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

I have not realized how huge it is. Not terribly artistic or entertaining but still quite interesting.

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