25 Fun Things to Do in Sausalito
Sausalito activities include active sports like kayaking, paddleboarding and sailing. And less active sports like visiting fascinating museums and art galleries. And glorious interludes of fine dining and casual snacks. Not to mention spectacular walks with stunning views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. Below are links to a wide variety of those options. What will you do first?
Note: Unlike many exotic locations around the world, many of the events and activities here in Sausalito are free. Check out how many of the activities listed below have no admission fee or ticket required!
A visit to the amazing Bay Model… and it’s free!
It’s the largest freshwater & marine environment simulator in the world!
1 Great Hour to 1 Great Day in Sausalito
Our itineraries give you choices to customize your fun Sausalito activities
Bike Across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito
With links, maps and the safer new route
Visit the Houseboats in Sausalito (Free!)
The famous, the infamous, and the history behind them
Sausalito Dining: Best Views, Best Food
You have over 60 different dining options here. We rank them for quality, views and more
Visit Muir Woods
A very special side trip to one of America’s greatest National Parks! It’s just 30 minutes north of here!
Take a Walk on the Bridgeway Promenade (Free!)
Big views of the San Francisco skyline, Alcatraz, Angel Island and sailboats on the Bay, and one of the most popular fun Sausalito activities
Calendar of Sausalito Events
Music is playing somewhere in town almost every night
See Spectacular Views of the Golden Gate Bridge (Free!)
Most locals don’t even know about many of these spots and they’re a fun Sausalito side trip!
Visit the Tall Ship built in Sausalito (Free!)
Shhhh… There’s a tall ship hidden at a pier in town
The Record Plant historic site (Free!)
.Prince, Whitney Houston, The Grateful Dead, Fleetwood Mac, Santana, Metallica, Stevie Wonder & Mariah Carey all recorded here
Walk Across the Golden Gate Bridge (Free!)
We’ll give you directions, places to park and all the details you need
Marine Mammal Center (Free!)
Now reopened as of June 3, 2022! Watch how stranded sea lions and seals are nursed back to health to return to the wild
Wine Tasting in Sausalito
Each tasting room has different wines and a different personality
Ride the Sausalito Ferry
The boats connect Sausalito to Fisherman’s Wharf and The Ferry Building
“Have a Drink on Sally!” (Free!)
The Sally Stanford Fountain honors our former Mayor, the most famous Madame in the history of San Francisco
Art Galleries in Sausalito
Visiting the mainstream storefronts downtown and the local artists’ private galleries
Shopping in Sausalito
There are some unique Sausalito spots that don’t just have The Same Old Stuff
Golden Gate Bridge Photo & View Spots (Free!)
Go to the same spots where famous photographers captured their masterpieces
Spaulding Wooden Boat Center
Building traditional wooden boats by the Bay
Bay Area Discovery Museum (great for small kids!)
Our world-class kids’ activity center and museum targets young families (and not so young grandparents!)
Point Bonita Lighthouse (Free!)
Beautiful in its own right, and great views of the Golden Gate
Ice House Visitor Center & Museum (Free!)
See artifacts from Sausalito’s history and get suggestions from local docents
The Visitors Kiosk (Free!)
A great first stop when you step off the ferry in Sausalito
Walk on the Sausalito boardwalk from a Rita Hayworth & Orson Welles movie scene (Free!)
Most of the background scenery remains the same, seven decades later!
Sausalito Art Festival
(Canceled for 2020 and 2021) The largest outdoor art festival in North America, held each Labor Day Weekend
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Go see the famous elephants and fountain in Viña del Mar Park
Have lunch in the places where Rachael Ray shot her TV show
Take the Heath Ceramics Factory Tour and see how bowls, plates and tiles are made
Grab a Deli Sandwich, and then Eat it in a Shoreline Park with a Great View
Enjoy a quiet moment at the O’Connell Memorial Bench
Go to the beach for cool action on a hot day!
Ride the San Francisco to Sausalito Ferry
Walk from the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito
Visit the Marin Headlands Visitor Center in the GGNRA
Ride a Bike from Sausalito to Tiburon