8 Best Things To Do In Sausalito, California - Updated 2022

things to do in sausalito california

Sausalito, California is a scenic city that is fun to walk through while gazing at the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge or even the big and beautiful city of San Francisco. Getting away from the big city but still having a nice view of the city and the Pacific Ocean is why this place is one of my favorites in California. I feel quite relaxed being here since I love water and as it is for many people, it is relaxing. Be sure to stop here when you are in San Francisco. You’ll find plenty of places to stay during your vacation, such as hotels and Airbnb vacation rentals. Read on below and find out the best things to do in Sausalito, California.

1. The Marine Mammal Center

Posted by The Marine Mammal Center on Saturday, 7 January 2017

Posted by The Marine Mammal Center on Monday, 12 December 2016

This is a place that was built with the intention of rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing marine mammals who are injured, ill, or abandoned. It is free of charge and open to the public. Tours and educational programs are offered, but you can also explore the animals and exhibits on your own. It is worth doing since the animals here are very cute and friendly. You will most likely see California Sea Lions, Harbor Seal Pups and Northern Elephant Seals.

The Marine Mammal Center

Address: 2000 Bunker Rd, Sausalito, California, CA 94965

Website: The Marine Mammal Center

2. Sausalito Boardwalk

Sausalito boardwalk

Posted by Sanjay Singh on Friday, 2 December 2016

Sausalito boardwalk. 😊

Posted by Kate Auringer on Wednesday, 11 January 2017

This is a great place to walk around the while enjoying the views. Explore the many shops and get some souvenirs or sit down and eat at one of the many restaurants, most of which offer beautiful views of San Francisco. It is a fun place to stroll down and see the sights. The locals and tourists alike really like to be here. I love walking here since it is so refreshing being by the ocean.

Sausalito Boardwalk

Address: Sausalito Yacht Harbor, Sausalito, CA

Website: Sausalito Boardwalk

3. San Francisco Bay-Delta Model Visitor Center

This is a 3D model of the San Francisco Bay that was built in 1957 for the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Now that technology has advanced and taken over, they no longer depend on the model. That is why it has become a famous tourist attraction that is free of charge. People come to see the enormous model that offers a simulated tidal action that changes every few minutes. This model is capable of recreating the 24-hour tidal cycle in less than 15 minutes and is definitely something to see in the city of Sausalito.

San Francisco Bay-Delta Model Visitor Center

Address: 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA

Website: San Francisco Bay-Delta Model Visitor Centerl

4. Bay Area Discovery Museum

Posted by Bay Area Discovery Museum on Thursday, 23 February 2017

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Posted by Bay Area Discovery Museum on Tuesday, 31 January 2017

This is a great museum for kids from 6 months to 10 years old. There are lots of exhibits here for them to explore. It is right by the bay, so families will enjoy taking in the view while visiting here. There are events and programs geared towards kids and families as well. It is a nice place to educate young kids about science and history. Finally, there are special events held here for kids and adults as well. It is right by the ocean, so be sure to take a minute or a few minutes and enjoy the surroundings while the kids run around in the open space.

Bay Area Discovery Museum

Address: Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito, CA

Website: Bay Area Discovery Museum

5. Bill Dan Balancing Rocks

Every time I see this show in Sausalito, I am fascinated. Bill Dan is a local artist that puts on a show along the Sausalito waterway for the public to enjoy. It is not easy to balance rocks and he is an expert at it. It is a show worth seeing while you are walking around the town of Sausalito. He is quite impressive, so do stop here before going back to your hotel.

Bill Dan Balancing Rocks

Address: Bridgeway Waterfront, Sausalito, CA

Website: Bill Dan Balancing Rocks

6. Historic Sausalito Houseboat Walking Tour (from USD 64.0)

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Posted by Houseboat Wars on Wednesday, 7 September 2016

This is a walking tour that lasts about three hours, where you are educated about the history and culture of Sausalito’s houseboats. On this tour, you can see the houseboats up close with an experienced tour guide. Your guided tour also involves exploring shipyards from World War II and listening to stories about wooden boat builders, bohemian artists and other colorful characters who have made their homes aboard the houseboats.

Historic Sausalito Houseboat Walking Tour

Website: Historic Sausalito Houseboat Walking Tour

Historic Houseboat Tour

Duration: 2 hours

7. Sausalito Food and Wine Tour (from USD 235.0)

Posted by Gourmet Food & Wine Tours on Monday, 16 January 2017

This is a great walking tour where you can sip wine and eat while checking out the beautiful city of Sausalito. Just be aware this is a three and a half hour tour. It is a guided tour of the famous downtown village in Sausalito. On this tour, you have the opportunity to visit up to seven lovely restaurants with water views. The small group tour is limited to only 10 people. The price of the tour starts from USD 155, but it is worth every penny if you like to drink wine and eat gourmet food.

Sausalito Food and Wine Tour

Sausalito Food and Wine Tour

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

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8. H. Dana Bowers Memorial Vista Point (from USD 57.0)

Posted by Kyle Searcy on Saturday, 8 April 2017

Posted by Rick Loose on Wednesday, 8 March 2017

This is a very popular tourist spot since you can take pictures with the Golden Gate Bridge. This place offers a picturesque view of San Francisco and the bridge. Many tourists come here to see the bridge up close and take in the view. It is a really nice place, but be aware that the place gets crowded and there is limited parking here.

H. Dana Bowers Memorial Vista Point.

Address: Golden Gate Vista Pt, Sausalito, CA

Website: H. Dana Bowers Memorial Vista Point.

Sausalito, Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands Walking Tour

Duration: 4 hours

Scenic Sausalito

Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Rodbauer used under CC BY 3.0

Sausalito is a place that has a lot of scenic beauty. There are many restaurants, tourists spots, and attractions to explore. There are even more wonders to discover outside this wonderful city when you take day trips from Sausalito.

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