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San Francisco Bay Model

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Address: 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965-1753
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+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 view of our watershed

If your curious about our water and don't understand what it takes to manage it, this is the place to go. It's quite a impressive model of the intire wateshed and wetlands of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 January 2017
El Dorado Hills, California

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El Dorado Hills, California
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

If your curious about our water and don't understand what it takes to manage it, this is the place to go. It's quite a impressive model of the intire wateshed and wetlands of Northern California. It was very informative and fun.

Thank Chris123app
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

Bring old friends, their kids, or your grandkids. It's free and a very cool way to understand how the Bay flows & mixes with fresh water.

Thank LeslieKchill
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

So glad I finally got around to visiting the SF Bay Model! Fact-fond nerds, kids and Bay-lovers alike will find this trip worthwhile. The model is very large and gives you a "birds-eye view" of the Bay(s), the "tide" goes in and out every 6 minutes or so and there are video screens and old photos, voice recordings of folk... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

I stopped by one a weekday morning and had the entire place to myself. It was fun to walk around and see the complexity of the project. For me the main thing missing was a lack of mention of climate change/rising seas in the Bay Area. I thought it would have been nice to have an update for tourists/school groups... More 

Thank morningsglory
Phoenix, Arizona
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799 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

My uncle turned me on to this place and I was so excited to visit. To see the bay with such a large scale model is well worth the time.

Thank arizonaac
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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

I love this place! BIG, Free, great for kids. Kinda old-school, never crowded. Shows water flows and some orientation features. It's fun to find where you are and have been on the 3-D map.

Thank Sal F
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

The model itself is apparently the size of 2 football fields and really cool to walk around. Leading up to the model, they have museum-y rooms to walk through and an intro video, so it's actually quite a good experience before even seeing the model. It's quite awe-inspiring to see it.

Thank Kevin L
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

We traveled with a civil engineer who was delighted to find something like this. Plenty of hands on features for the kids, but enough science and technology to keep adults interested. It was larger than I expected. The information zone about shipbuilding during the war was really helpful. Lots of photos and facts about an important time of this region's... More 

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Fishers, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

This 3-acre model of the watershed was used until 2000 to predict the effects of development and environmental change. (Computer simulations are used now). It's free and educational.

Thank herestoadventures
San Diego, California, USA
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

It was fun to see how big this place was. Lot of information and it was set up very nicely. A great piece of History and an exploration of the area.

Thank DavidPat

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