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“Sounds of the Bay”
Review of The Wave Organ

The Wave Organ
Reviewed 29 May 2013

Built in 1986 as an exploratorium project the wave organ has pipes with one end in the bay with water sloshing in it and the other end open to listen like a sea shell. Guides suggest arriving at high tide. I would suggest arriving before or after for better sound effects. its one of those attractions where you have to sit down and shut up. An Interesting diversion.

2  Thank Sixeasy
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Reviewed 22 April 2013

Not a far walk from Fort Mason, take some time and go check out this unique spot. Constructed from spare materials from a local cemetery! You need to be there at high tide to hear anything out of the pipes, I went at low tide, but it was still enjoyable. Snap a picture with downtown or the Golden Gate in the background, great panorama of SF Bay here.

1  Thank DJ B
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Reviewed 14 April 2013

The Wave Organ, Palace of Fine Arts, Fort Point and The Marina Neighborhood for lunch/dinner. You can spend a whole day walking and visiting these great spots, all located within one mile from point to point. Park around the St. Francis Yacht Club, on Marina and Fillmore. From there, head NB on Fillmore to Chestnut Street, turn right and you'll be at the Marina neighborhood...shops, wine bars, regular bars, tasty restaurants, grills, shops, etc. Walk WB on Chestnut and spend as much time as you'd like, knowing that you'll need at least 1-2 hrs at Palace of The Arts and 1-2 hrs headed to Fort Point, then The Wave Organ. From Chestnut Broderick, turn Right to Bay Street, Left and quick right to Baker then Left again to Bay and on to Palace of Fine Arts. At the Palace, plan to spend a good hour or so taking in the park (Great photo shoot spot). They have a Science Center for kids so that in and of itself is a treat. From the Palace, ask for directions to Fort Point where you'll come across the Let's Be Frank hot dog cart. A delicious, no preservatives added, hot dog. I'm not a hot dog eater but I can down two of these in one sitting. The cart is next to "The Warming Hut," on your way to Fort Point. It's windy and a bit cold so be sure to wear layers and a scarf on cool days. Stop by the hut then head to Fort Point. The Fort is at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge...OH, By THE WAY, You can access the Golden Gate Bridge by foot near the Warming Hut if you desire...I'm telling you, LOTS to do around there. Once at the Fort, you'll find relics and historic scenes nicely depicted for the viewer. You'll have a beautiful view of the bay from the top of the fort. At the top of the fort, you'll get a beautiful view of the Bay. Head back on the San Francisco Bay Trail, through the parking lot of the St. Francis Yacht club (About 3/4 miles from the Fort) and on to the Wave Organ for a nice bottle of Wine. Will you hear music? No. You'll hear water splashing at the base of the pipes, similar to water in and out of a drain. What's most wonderful about the Wave Organ is not the music but rather, that you can spend 30 minutes or so having great conversation, sipping on wine and taking in the view of the Bay and Alcatraz. Yes. You will find parking..just be patient.

4  Thank N0Excuses
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Reviewed 14 March 2013

We visited at the secondary high tide for the day (since the highest one was at 3:00 am). It wasn't enough to hear much, but it was still pretty interesting. Make sure to sit down in the little bench that is set into the wall - you get some interesting noises there.

We walked here from the Wharf - it was quite the hike. You could park much closer if you have a car (we didn't for the day), or even pick up a quick bike rental in the Wharf / Ghiradelli Sq area and bike over (we thought of that afterwards... doh!)

This is no longer near the Exploratorium - it has moved to another part of the city.

1  Thank plstrom
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Reviewed 28 February 2013 via mobile

Only really accessible via bicycle. We went there as it's featured in tales of the city. Very calming place and lovely views. The waves weren't high enough to make the organ play but it's still worth having a look

1  Thank ollymiles
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