1-2-3 Things – Ahoy Matey's! All Aboard the Tall Ships!

Hello Adventurers!

We didn't make it out to Mare Island last week, kind of a bummer, but sometime soon. With all the wind advisories going on, I didn't want to be driving over any bridges. Instead we headed over to the Richmond District in San Francisco to the Balboa Theater (celebrating their 90th birthday) and watched Zootopia at their "Popcorn Palace". $10 gets you a ticket, a drink, and popcorn to watch a kids movie with families. From there we wandered across the street to Shanghai House for a little lunch. 

Probably a good reminder to always have a fallback plan (or be ready to create one) for when plans fall through. That's why there are 3 things listed in these newsletters, your primary destination and two fallbacks. Things are shaping up for a good bit of rain this weekend - so keep that in mind as you decide your plans. 

This week’s adventure continues our Nautical month, hopefully this weather let's up a bit. This weekend (and next) you can visit the Tall Ships at the Port of Redwood City (following that you can find them in Sausalito by the Bay Model which we will visit in a couple of weeks). Live out your Pirate adventures on these beautiful sailing ships which tour up and down the west coast. A couple weeks ago I picked up the audiobook for Treasure Island for us to listen to in the car. Although I have to stop occasionally and explain a couple of things, the kids seem to really be enjoying it, especially because the main character is not so different in age from them. 

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 — Ahoy Matey's! All Aboard the Tall ships

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

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  1. Visit the Tall Ships at the Port of Redwood City

  2. Redwood Roller Rink

  3. San Mateo County History Museum

There isn't much else to do around the port of Redwood City since Malibu Grand Prix closed. Although if you continue out to the office complex at the end (Pacific Shores) there is a nice walk along the edge of the water there. We are adding on a couple of indoor options in case of bad weather closer to downtown Redwood City. We've mentioned these before along with the port festival newsletter a few months back, and they are wonderful secondary destinations. 

Visit the Tall Ships at the Port of Redwood City


The Tall Ships make their return to the Port of Redwood City this weekend, and are here the following weekend as well before they take their tour up to Sausalito by the Bay Model at the end of the month (Note: the Bay Model is actually our destination for the last weekend of the month as well, so we will be talking about that in more detail in a couple of weeks). 

Both the Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain come to dock and are open for tours for a $3 donation. 

The Lady Washington represents American maritime history from the late 1700's to the early 1800's. Build using traditional methods, she has been used in many different TV shows and movies. Ships like this were what brought people to the gold rush in the 1850's, only to be left derelict in the water off Yerba Buena cove. 

The Hawaiian Chieftain is a swift topsail ketch which was built in Hawaii, sailed as far as Hawaii and through the Atlantic Ocean, and once was stationed in Sausalito. 

The volunteers who live aboard tell stories falls offering types, and some we've met in the past taught us little sea shanties to sing. There is always activity going on, and during their visit will conduct some short sails (you have to buy tickets and make reservations) and even a mock naval battle. This is a great visit and a lot of fun, plus they have some great volunteers with a lot of passion for what they do. 

Redwood Roller Rink



Take a step back to a time gone by by popping in here with the kids. Lace up your skates and enjoy the music as you enjoy this institution of fun enjoyed by locals for decades. The rink opens up for sessions, each with it’s own pricing so be sure to check the schedule before you go. 

San Mateo County History Museum


This quiet little museum located in the old courthouse in downtown Redwood City has been beautifully restored. Enjoy the rotunda under the dome with it’s stained glass, create your own mock trial in the courtroom used to film scenes from Mrs. Doubtfire, and explore exhibits celebrating all the remarkable achievements that happened here in San Mateo County. There are often events in the square in front of the old Courthouse so keep your eyes open. 


Feeling Adventurous