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Bay Area Field Trips About Transportation

Transportation Related Field Trips

These field trips to destinations about transportation have been recommended by homeschooling parents and kids. If you have a favorite that isn't listed here please call Homefires Journal at 650-365-9425 or E-mail Your Field Trip Destination. While we hope that this information is accurate, please do call to confirm.

Airplanes to Rockets -- San Francisco Bay Area Field Trips About Transportation

Airplanes to Rockets

Fightertown USA

1625 North Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, CA
Phone: 650-254-7325
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Price: Prices vary significantly according to type of jet used and the time it is used for -- anywhere from $5 all the way up to $49.99. Call first to sort it out.

A jet fighter flight simulation facility where one can pilot a jet on missions that include flight maneuvers, air-to-air combat, and aircraft carrier take-offs and landings. 23 interactive simulators for authentic and futuristic jet fighter flight simulation. Single and double seater jets. Simulate take-offs and landings on aircraft carriers. Simulate dog-fighting. Time periods for jets are 1 hour and include a half hour of training and a half hour of flying.

Hiller Aviation Museum

601 Sky Way, San Carlos, CA
Phone: 650-654-0200
Hours: Open daily 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This museum showcases full-sized aircraft in simulated flight. Rotating propellers and operating controls are among exhibits that illustrate the how's and why's of key aviation inventions. Young Eagles Program lets kids take a real ride in an airplane -- for free!

NASA Exploration Center

Moffett Field, Hwy 101 in Mountain View, CA
Phone: 650-604-6274
Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Weekends 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.; Closed Mondays
Reservations recommended
Admission: Free

2-hour tours Monday-Friday by reservation, School tours on Fridays at 9:30 am. Includes Visitor Center orientation. Then, caravan on site to Hangar One, a pre-World War II dirigible hangar. Hangar houses a collection of aero-space displays including research aircraft, spacecraft, wind tunnel, artifacts. Children under age 9 not allowed.

Automobiles and Trucks

Hybrid-Electric Vehicle -- Automobiles and Trucks

Blackhawk Automotive Museum

3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville, CA
Phone: 925-736-2280, 925-837-2525, 925-837-6119
Hours: Open Wednesday-Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

More than 120 classic and exotic automobiles owned by famous and not-so-famous personalities.

Nummi -- New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc.

45500 Fremont Blvd. Fremont, CA
Phone: 510-498-5765 or 510-770-4008
Tour hours: Tuesday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Reservations needed.
Age restrictions: 10 and up.

Take a 1.5 hour guided tour/tram ride through the only car-making plant on West Coast.

San Francisco Fire Engine Tours & Adventures

Tours depart from the Jefferson Street side of The Cannery, 2801 Leavenworth St., San Francisco, CA
Phone: 415-333-7077
Hours: On-going, call for reservation.

Take a unique tour of San Francisco in the back of a bright red 1955 Mack fire engine. There are 2 tours offered: a one-hour trip through the Presidio and over the Golden Gate Bridge; and a tour along Fisherman's Wharf and through North Beach.

Ships and Submarines -- San Francisco Bay Area Field Trips About Transportation

Ships and Submarines

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

Hyde Street Pier
(One block north of the Hyde Street cable car turnaround near Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA)
Phone: 415-447-5000
Hours: Daily 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Memorial Day to September 30)
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (October 1 to May 27)

Experience San Francisco's seafaring past aboard the ships that helped build the City: the recently restored 1886 square-rigger Balclutha, the 1895 coastal lumber schooner C.A. Thayer, the 1891 scow schooner Alma, and the 1890 steam ferry Eureka. Kids can climb all over the ships while parents read the historic notes posted throughout. The Maritime Museum sponsors many events here including Free Evening Sea Chantey Sing-alongs with hot cider!

The Red & White Fleet Bay Cruises

Board at Pier 43, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco
Phone: 415-447-0597
Hours: Daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

1-hour Bay Cruise sails under Golden Gate Bridge, past Marin Headlands, by Sausalito, Tiburon, Angel island and Alcatraz.

San Francisco Maritime Museum

Phone: 415-556-3002
Hours: Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Examine ship models, ship relics, beautifully carved and painted figureheads, see photographs, paintings, maps, scrimshaw, whaling gear and samples of sailor's handicrafts.

Also: Study books, ship plans, oral histories, films and manuscripts in the Maritime Museum Library's public reading room, Building E, Fort Mason Center (call 415-556-9870).

USS Hornet Museum

Pier 3, Alameda Point, Alameda
Phone: 888-865-2812
Hours: Daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Accessible by direct ferry service to ship.

The Hornet is a National Historical Landmark, best remembered for her duty in World War II and her historic recoveries of the Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 astronauts at sea. Authentic aircraft and equipment. Guided tours. Live reenactments aboard ship, audio-visual displays, interactive exhibits, aircraft simulator rides as well as custom tours, special event and live-aboard packages.

USS Pampanito -- World War II Submarine

Pier 45 (Fisherman's Wharf), San Francisco
Phone: 415-929-0202
Hours: October 14 until May 23 — 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday May 23 until October 13 — 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. daily, Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Explore a real World War II submarine. Go below decks and see the galley, crews quarters and control room. Self-guided audio tour included with admission. Very cramped space -- kids love it!

Trains and Railroads -- San Francisco Bay Area Field Trips About Transportation

Trains and Railroads

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont
Phone: 888-EBPARKS (888-327-2757), option 3, extension 4504
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Learn about 19th century farming and agriculture activities. Civil War reenactment once each year. Train rides through Butterfly Forest. Hay rides. Crafts & activities. Homeschool tours available.

Golden State Model Railroad Museum

900-A Dornan Drive, Point Richmond, CA
Phone: 510-234-4884
Hours: April-December, Sundays 12:00 p.m. to 5 p.m.; additional holiday shows during December. Also open to view layout on Saturdays, Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day 12 p.m. to 5p.m. and Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., but no trains running.

Enjoy 10,000 square feet of O, HO and N scale model railroading, constructed and operated by the East Bay Model Engineers Society. See website before planning your visit.

Golden Gate Model Railroads at the Randall Museum

199 Museum Way, San Francisco, CA
Phone: 415-346-3303
Hours: Wednesday 7:00 p.m. - 9:45 p.m. The public may visit the model on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The third Saturday of every odd month is Junior Engineer Day, when club members allow kids to run the huge train layout.

This club's HO-scale layout shows in miniature the engineering and geographical features of California railroads, past & present. Various types of bridges span canyons and dry washes. In addition, there is a narrow-gauge railroad line that winds through the mountains.

San Francisco Railway Museum and Gift Shop

77 Steuart Street San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-974-1948
Hours: Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

The San Francisco Railway Museum celebrates the history of rail transit in San Francisco and explores its significant impact on the quality of urban life in this great city throughout its storied history. The museum features unique historic artifacts, illustrative and informative displays, rarely seen archival photography, in-depth historical interpretation, and audio-visual exhibits, in addition to a wide variety of unique San Francisco gifts, souvenirs and memorabilia you won't find anywhere else.

San Francisco Cable Car Museum

1201 Mason Street (at Washington Street), San Francisco, CA
Phone: 415-474-1887
Hours: 10am-6pm (April-October); 10am-5pm (November-March).

The City's Cable Car system is run from a circa 1907 red brick barn. Examine the winding machinery designed to make the motorless cars navigate city streets. Fascinating!

West Bay Model Railroad Association

1090 Merrill St., Menlo Park (100 yards south of the Caltrain station)
Phone: 650-322-0685
Hours: 4th Wednesday of every month from 7pm-10pm.
Admission: Free, but donations accepted.
See 3 different scales of model trains -- great for the family train enthusiast!