Marin County, California
Marin is a pennisula surrounded by the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Connected via the famous Golden Gate Bridge to San Francisco, Marin visitors can expect to see water. Because of the San Francisco Bay, one of the largest natural harbours in the world, and the Pacific Ocean influence, loads of water activites can be found here, to do, all year round. Learning about the San Francisco Bay is important as well, it influences so much of what we do and see here. Swells and currents attract surfers and boaters, awe visitors. Boating and yachting is a favorite on the SF Bay, currently it is the site of Sailings America's Cup! But the fun doesn't have to be so serious. Locals enjoy many different water diversions, from Surfing, to Fishing, or tide exploring. Lets take a look at the things you can do here by the water!
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San Francisco Bay Tide Information: Its important to get tide info before setting out on the water!
These 2 water parks are HUGE, not in Marin County, but worth mentioning and nearby:
Bay Area Discovery Museum
557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito, CA 94965 #415.339.3900
At Fort Baker, between Sausalito and the Golden Gate Bridge. "The Bay Area Discovery Museum uses the concept of 'home' for exploring the natural and cultural environments of the Bay Area - from distinctive landscape elements and natural habitats to artistic traditions. The curriculum encourages environmental stewardship, which is threaded throughout the Museum through its interactive exhibitions and programs."
2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965 #415.332.3871
The Bay Model is an amazing scale model of the bay, complete with flowing water. It was built to study the effects of proposed changes to the bay, and it continues to be used occasional for this purpose.
Ayala Cove is not really a marina, but it offers marina-like docks for day use. Moorings may be used overnight.
Access: Ayala Cove is on the north side of Angel Island. Enter between the ferry dock and the moorings.
Guest Berths: $10/day; must vacate by sunset. Moorings are $20/night from May 15 to September 15 and $15/night the rest of the year
Marin's Public Swimming Pools : * Though update at time of posting (2014), please call before you go to verify times/hours!
These pools are open to the public and offer drop-in recreational swim hours for families.
Marinwood Community Center Pool (7mins from home - Fun waterslides!)
775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael
Open March 24–October 10
Spring schedule (March 23–June 14): Monday–Friday 1:30–4:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday 11 am–5 pm
Summer schedule (June 14-July 12): Monday–Friday 1 to 5:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday 11 am–6 pm
Marinwood residents: youths 18 and under and seniors 60+ $5, adults $6
Non-residents: youths 18 and under and seniors $6, adults $7
McNear’s Beach Pool (8 min drive from Marin Vacation Home) (huge grass fields/Picnic&BBQ)
201 Cantera Way, San Rafael (415) 446-4424
Open May 29–September 10 am–6 pm daily
Drop-in fee: Swimming pool fee is $4.00 per person
College of Marin:
Kentfield Campus Pool
Mill Valley Community Center Pool (12mins from home) (Fun! Indoor Pool. Hot tub. Huge waterslide!!)
180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley (415) 383-1370
Open June 22–August 16 Monday–Friday 1:30–4:30 pm, Saturday andSunday 12:30–4:45 pm
Mill Valley residents: youth (2–18) $5, adults (19–59) $7, seniors (60+) $6
Non-residents: Youth $6, adult $8, seniors $7
College of Marin: Indian Valley Campus - Very Nice/ great setting!
1800 Ignacio Boulevard (415) 892-2269
Open June 16–August 7, Monday–Thursday 11:30 am–3:30 pm
$5 for adults, $4 for children and students and $3 for seniors and disabled students.
Purchase tickets at Room 100, Bldg. 9