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San Francisco Bay Model

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Address: 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965-1753
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Tue - Sat 09:00 - 16:00

The world's largest working model of San Francisco Bay.

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If you are an engineer or scientist, you will be in heaven. If you are mechanically inclined or just are interested in how things work, you will love this place.

Reviewed 11 May 2016
Gordon R

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32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2016

If you are an engineer or scientist, you will be in heaven. If you are mechanically inclined or just are interested in how things work, you will love this place.

1 Thank Gordon R
Corona del Mar, California
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216 reviews
99 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2016

We finally got around to visit this remarkable facility. Mind boggling and educational. It was much more that we expected.

1 Thank Ron Y
San francisco Bay Area
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27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2016

I've lived in Sausalito for years, but finally got myself and family visitors to the SF Bay Model--and what an eye-opener! The entire Bay Area H2O Eco system is on display, and what an amazing replication has been created for all to see here! In a matter of minutes, 24 hours of incoming/outgoing tides within our area are shown (with... More 

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141 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2016

Another reviewer called this place old school, and she would be right. That is what is so amazing about it. No crazy video-game enhanced gimmicks. Just a HUGE model of the bay you can actually walk around. The model is full of water and shows tides, bridges, roads, bays, currents, you name it. I think this is most often visited... More 

1 Thank WinecountryMartha
San Francisco, California
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126 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2016

This is a great opportunity to see a wooden sailboat being built in the same manner as over a hundred years ago. Take a tour with the very knowledgeable guide and learn all the interesting details. It's a really fascinating experience.

Thank Marcia G
Chicago, Illinois
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28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2016

Took 2-11 year old boys and a 9-year old girl here on a weekday for a quick run through (about 45 minutes). In a huge old building on the water. Even kids with short attention spans will find the sheer size and scope of the space interesting and will likely learn something. Free (although I'm sure they appreciate donations).

1 Thank SuzChicag0
Santa Rosa, California
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 March 2016

Order folks to come to this exquisite model of over 3,000 miles of the Greater San Francisco Bay shoreline. A couple of hours will briefly show just how magnificent this area is now. Engineers, children of all ages, fishermen, there is not person I can think of that will not marvel at this exquisite display. Accurate to about one foot,... More 

1 Thank Len C
Houston, Texas
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88 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 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
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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57 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 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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