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Marine Mammal Center/Sausalito

Pros: A cool out of the ordinary adventure
Cons: The startling number of injured/sick marine mammals in need of rescue
Best For: Learning about ocean life in and around SF Bay

Marine Mammal Center

The drive from San Francisco, across the Golden Gate Bridge, and over to the Marin Headlands is spectacular in and of itself. But kids like to have a specific destination.

FIrst stop...the Marine Mammal Center, a rescue, rehab and research center for marine mammals. Since 1975 16,000 elephant seals, sea lions, whales, otters, dolphins, etc, have been patients here. Take an hour-long docent tour and view current patients. One leaves here with a greater understanding and appreciation for the marine mammal population in Northern California. You never know how impactful these experiences can be for young folk. Many a career path has been determined by just such a visit.

Next stop...Lappert's Ice Cream in the town of Sausalito. Located on the main street, called Bridgeway, kids of all ages become happy campers when faced with the myriad choices of flavors. This is the original Lappert's store. Be prepared for a crowd, but service is quick. Just jostle your way up to the counter and order.

Marine Mammal Center
2000 Bunker Road, Fort Cronkite
Sausalito, Ca. 94965
Open Daily 10am-5pm
Admission is free, but tours are not
Check website for directions and info:

Lappert's Ice Cream

Lappert's Ice Cream
689 Bridgeway
Sausalito, 94965