1-2-3 Things – North Bay visit to Mare Island Museum

Hello Adventurers!

Wasn't it lovely out last weekend? We had a great visit to Japan Town (the kids didn't want to leave), a delightful sushi picnic in Lafayette Park (they have quite a play structure there and what beautiful views), and a wonderful tour around the Haas-Lilienthal House (in fact we helped shut the place down with the volunteers). Any one of these spots could easily be a wonderful day out. 

This week’s adventure starts our Nautical Month. Looks like a lot of rain coming in this weekend, so keep that in mind as you make your plans. Heading to the North Bay, our primary destination is the Mare Island Museum and tour of the historical park. This is a new one for us, so all I really know is what I've been researching on the web. It's been on our to-visit list for ages though. 

Note: this weekend looks like a lot of rain, we are a bit on the fence and might make this trip later. Please use your best judgement when going out. 

Also let us know if you go, we would love to hear about your trip. Simply reply to this e-mail. And please feel free to forward this to a friend. 

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1-2-3 Things — North Bay visit to Mare Island Museum

Quick inspiration for a day out with the kids around the SF Bay Area

From kiddiewalks.com 

  1. Visit the Mare Island Museum

  2. Tour the Mare Island Historical Park

  3. Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum

Since this trip is a new one for me, I’m sharing what research I’ve done down below. Each one of these letters comes with an accompanying page on kiddiewalks.com, for updates on this trip check back there. 

Some Background on Mare Island


Mare Island Navy Ship Yard (MINSY) was established not long after the Gold Rush in 1853 under the command of Commander David Farragut who was responsible for the phrase “Damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead!” during the Civil War Battle of Mobile Bay (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Mobile_Bay#Damn_the_torpedoes). The torpedoes referred to here were actually confederate naval mines (not the fast moving bombs you see in WWII movies). Mare Island served as a naval shipyard for over 150 years building over 500 ships (repairing countless others), manufacturing nuclear submarines, serving from the Civil War all the way through the end of the Cold War.

The island got it’s name from when a ferry transporting General Vallejo’s prized white mare was wrecked and day’s later the mare was found on this peninsula. 

Mare Island ceased naval operations in 1996, and started the decline of Vallejo as it started to fall on hard times. 

Mare Island Museum

Mare Island Historic Park Foundation
1100 Railroad Ave, Vallejo, CA 94592
Hours: 10 am to 2 pm weekdays; and the 1st and 3rd full weekends of the month; 10 am to 4 pm.
Tour of the Museum: $5/Person
Main Number: (707) 557-4646
Tour Reservations: (707) 644-4746 or (707) 280-5742

Tour the Mare Island Historical Park

Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Weekends: First and third Saturday and Sunday of each month, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Museum (Building 46, 1100 Railroad Avenue) Tour: $5/Person

Full Tours by Reservation
Telephone: (707) 644-4746 or (707) 280-5742
Full Tour Prices: 
Individual Adults: $15/person, Children 6-12:  $5, under 6 years:  free

Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum 

734 Marin Street, Vallejo, Ca 94590
Telephone: (707) 643-0077
Museum Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 12:00 to 4:00
Admission Fees: $5 adults; $3 seniors & students; children under 12 free