The Golden Gate Bridge is a tourist’s must visit while in San Francisco. But don’t stop at the view. Experience the bridge by walking or bicycling. Driving, especially on weekends, is not recommended due to heavy traffic and construction. After you enjoy the view from the bridge, head down the hill to Sausalito (http://www.sausalito.org), the small village on the bay.
Sausalito’s main drive is crammed with seafood restaurants, ice cream parlors, cafes, art galleries, and gift shops. If you prefer to ferry over from San Francisco on the Golden Gate Ferry; visit the Sausalito Chamber of Commerce Visitor Kiosk located at the Sausalito Ferry Landing for information and dining and activity reservations. Following Bridgeway through the tourist area; then, head toward the bay and follow the paths near the water edge. Families’ picnic and swim at a small beach. Nearby are rental paddle boards, wind surfers, and kayaks. All sizes of sailboats and motor boats are viewed from the many docks.
Walk a little further along the scenic Sausalito waterfront and you will come upon the extensive communities of houseboats. This diverse groups of small sheds, creative homes, and mansions floating on mud or water (depending on the tide) can be viewed from walking along their docks.
On land is a large, long white nylon covered building. This is a new addition and activity for the area. Under this large white canvas cover volunteers and wooden boat builders are constructing a Tall Ship. “The Matthew Turner” planned launched will be in 2016. The ship is based on plans from Matthew Turner. In the late nineteenth century Matthew Turner built 228 ships while in the Bay Area.
This Tall Ship at 2330 Marinship Way, is an educational experience for youth and the public. For more information you can visit www.educationaltallship.org or call 415-886-4973. Call of the Sea (www.callofthesea.org or call 415-331-3214) is a partner in the project. Currently “Call of the Sea” places six thousand students on “Seaward”. With the completion of the “Matthew Turner” twelve thousand additional students per year will experience programs at sea
Visit the gift shop for t-shirts and books on tall ships. Naming and sailing opportunities are available for your donations.
During the summer Sausalito offers free outside weekend jazz concerts. Over the Labor Day weekend, from Sept. 5 through the 7th, attend the open air 63rd Annual Sausalito Art Festival. Considered the premier art festival in the Country; displays of international and local artists, various food booths, wine tasting, and music concerts cover a large area at 2400 Bridgeway. For an assortment of ticket options you can click on http://sausalitoartfestival.org.