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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
1625 North Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, CA
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.
601 Sky Way, San Carlos, CA
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!
Moffett Field, Hwy 101 in Mountain View, CA
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
3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville, CA
More than 120 classic and exotic automobiles owned by famous and not-so-famous personalities.
45500 Fremont Blvd. Fremont, CA
Take a 1.5 hour guided tour/tram ride through the only car-making plant on West Coast.
Tours depart from the Jefferson Street side of The Cannery, 2801 Leavenworth St., San Francisco, CA
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
Hyde Street Pier
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!
Board at Pier 43, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco
1-hour Bay Cruise sails under Golden Gate Bridge, past Marin Headlands, by Sausalito, Tiburon, Angel island and Alcatraz.
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).
Pier 3, Alameda Point, Alameda
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.
Pier 45 (Fisherman's Wharf), San Francisco
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
34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont
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.
900-A Dornan Drive, Point Richmond, CA
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.
199 Museum Way, San Francisco, CA
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.
77 Steuart Street San Francisco, CA 94105
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.
1201 Mason Street (at Washington Street), San Francisco, CA
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!
1090 Merrill St., Menlo Park (100 yards south of the Caltrain station)