10 Things to Do in Sausalito That You Shouldn't Miss

July 23, 2017 Trinity Boughner

Sausalito is just a ferry ride across the bay and offers unique tours, attractions such as “Bay Model” and “Bay Area Discovery Museum,” enchanting boutique shops, art studios and galleries and a wide selection of restaurants, outdoor cafes and bistros, many with stunning views back across the bay to the city.
Restaurants in Sausalito

1. Marin Headlands

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, CA 94965 +1 415-331-1540
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5 based on 1 reviews

Marin Headlands

Located at the Point Bonita Lighthouse, these headlands offer a suspension bridge and hiking trail.

Reviewed By chuttipen - central coast

Have you ever seen those car commercials where they are driving on a cliff near the Golden Gate Bridge? THAT's this place.
You can view the cliffs looking at the bridge, or go to the end of the road and enjoy the protected beach.
I spent likely wAAy too much time as a teenager running around up to no good in the old underground tunnels and bunkers left from WWII. Only a few are open these days, but definitely worth checking out.
It's hard to imagine some poor young draftee waiting alone in his little concrete box looking out at the ocean waiting for the bombers to come so he can sound the alert....creepy.
Other awesome things to see at the Headlands: Nike Missile Battery...they have the real deal, but no longer armed. Every once in a while they start em up, put them into position and parade the guard dogs. If that doesn't give you chills I don't know what will.
Marine Mammal Sanctuary is where they care for stranded and hurt animals....sometimes open for visits.
I've only gotten to stay there once, but if you plan waaay ahead, there is a spectacular campsite looking out over the bay to SF that's a real winner.
Great to do with kids on a long trip who need to run around and get rid of excess energy.
No other place like it!

2. Golden Gate Bridge

Lincoln Boulevard, near Doyle Drive and Fort Point, San Francisco, CA 94129 +1 415-921-5858
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4.5 based on 41 reviews

Golden Gate Bridge

Stretching 4,200 feet and towering as high as a 65-story building, this well-known bridge is the gateway to San Francisco.

Reviewed By Michele S - Phoenix, Arizona

The Golden Gate Bridge is definitely worth seeing but I didn't find it spectacular. It is a very well known landmark of San Francisco, so if you are visiting San Francisco, it is worth seeing to say that you have been there and done that.

3. Angel Island - Tiburon Ferry

21 Main St, Tiburon, CA 94920-2533 +1 415-435-2131
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4.5 based on 121 reviews

Angel Island - Tiburon Ferry

Reviewed By Qualitypro3336 - Fremont, California

The Tiburon Ferry runs between Tiburon and Angel Island almost every hour. Please check their web site for current timings. It is a 15-20 minutes ride depending on the weather. The cost is $15 cash only for adults.

There are a few parking lots around the vicinity but the closer ones tend to fill up by 10 AM. It is suggested to take the first ferry at 10 AM to allow sufficient time to hike around the island before the sun gets too hot around 2 PM. There are a few restaurants near the ferry to charge your batteries before embarking for the island.
Bicycles may be taken on the ferry and is a good idea if you have one.

Angel island is a great outing for the entire family for the day.

4. Battery Spencer

Conzelman Road, Sausalito, CA 94965 +1 415-561-4700
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5 based on 127 reviews

Battery Spencer

Reviewed By Audrey L

We hiked over here from Vista Point. We were out right at sunrise and got some amazing views of the bridge. Its a climb from Vista Point, but it just made us appreciate pastries and coffee at the Warming Hut across the bridge even more.

5. Alcatraz Island

Pier 33, B201 Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94122 +1 415-981-7625
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4.5 based on 46 reviews

Alcatraz Island

Park rangers conduct tours by recounting the prison's thrilling history along with intriguing anecdotes about Al Capone and other legendary figures that made a "home" here.

Reviewed By cohoman - Seattle

Wow. Excellent tour of Alcatraz. Exceeded my expectations. The free audio tour was awesome. The only negative was that you couldn't pause the audio tour device. Once you start the play button, it plays until the end. This was inconvenience because there were some times where you'd like to stay a little longer to look around at a specific area. Also, it can get crowded with everyone standing around at each location waiting for the audio tour to tell you to move to the next attraction spot.

After the audio tour you're free to roam around and see the entire island. My favorite was the recreation yard. Unfortunately, a lot of the old guard towers are gone now due to neglect.

I'd definitely like to do this again, maybe a guided tour or a night tour.

6. Vista Point

Us-101, Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, CA 94965 +1 415-921-5858
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4.5 based on 569 reviews

Vista Point

Reviewed By thetravellingmanUk - uk

We actually came across the Vista Point by accident, and so glad we did.
My wife and I walked over the Golden Gate Bridge and saw signposts to the Vista Point so walked up to take a look, before walking back over the bridge again!
It's high up so brilliant views to be had from here of the surrounding landscape including the bridge, San Francisco city, Alcatraz Island, and Bay Bridge in the distance.
Busy with people taking photographs and selfies during our visit.
An enjoyable visit for us, and obviously the better the visibility the better the views.

7. Marine Mammal Center

2000 Bunker Rd, Sausalito, CA 94965-2619 415-289-SEAL
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4.5 based on 295 reviews

Marine Mammal Center

The largest of six centers that rescue and rehabilitate seals and sea lions found along the California coast.

Reviewed By Greg S - Suisun City

This place is the only real rehab hospital for seals and otters between San Luis Obispo and the Mendocino coast. It's the most cleanest and professional looking facility for marine rehab I've ever seen. They offer guided tours every couple of hours which are very informative along with a separate video presentation and lecture that is very well done. A lot of kids we at the center, there's tons of information and interesting things for them to look at. They have a very nice gift shop which all proceeds go to help fund the center. I learned a lot of interesting facts about the seal populations throughout California. A great way to spend an hour or two and also something kids ages 5 and up would enjoy too.

8. Tennessee Valley Trailhead

591 Tennessee Valley Rd, Mill Valley, CA 94941-3627 +1 415-331-1540
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5 based on 110 reviews

Tennessee Valley Trailhead

Reviewed By deepchi - California

Awesome hiking in the Marin Headlands. Venture out. You will be pleased. Head over to Rodeo Valley for more great trails. Amazing views. Ocean, city, bridge, bay, earth sky, clouds fog. Can get cold and windy. Be prepared.

9. Bay Area Discovery Museum

557 McReynolds Rd, Sausalito, CA 94965-2614 +1 415-339-3900
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4.5 based on 193 reviews

Bay Area Discovery Museum

Located at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, the nationally recognized Bay Area Discovery Museum is a one-of-a-kind indoor/outdoor family museum that offers a full range of activities for children ages 8 and younger. The Museum's unique programs feature hands-on art and science exhibits, performances, workshops, and cultural festivals -- all with a focus on fun.

Reviewed By srbmpna - Los Angeles, CA

We were traveling with our two small daughters (6 and 3) during Pride weekend! in San Francisco! Kind of crazy. We tried to stay out of all the "action" so headed to the museum. It has an amazing view of the Golden Gate Bridge and is in an area that used to be an army base. The museum is well laid out, not overly crowded (we went on a Monday) and has good facilities (food) and free parking. The outdoor play area is really cool with fun things to climb on and explore. We go to a lot of these and really enjoyed this one. They have a Daniel Tiger exhibit, which was a bit hit with one of our girls.

10. Golden Gate View Point

5702 Conzelman Road, Photo is from southeast end of bridge. This viewpoint is to the NW of the bridge, Mill Valley, CA 94941
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4.5 based on 87 reviews

Golden Gate View Point

Reviewed By Dhowlaw - Mill Valley, California

Regardless of whether you were a long time local or a first time visitor, the unique views presented here or classic San Francisco. Every day is different. Lots of photographic opportunities and on a good day you can get some great windsurfer activity right under the bridge. There is a national park right at Fort Point under the bridge where you can soak up local history along with the souvenir shop. I always take my friends and family here whenever I get the chance. Plus it’s a great opportunity for some exercise.

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