Historic Sausalito Houseboat Walking Tour
  • Historic Sausalito Houseboat Walking Tour

    Visit Sausalito’s famed houseboats and learn the storied history of one of the bay’s most iconic landmarks on this 2 hour walking tour.  Hear stories of the bohemian writers and influential artist who defined an era, Like Southern transplant Otis Redding, who spent his short time here recording the song “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” just days before his fatal plane crash.  Learn how the dozens of seemingly unconnected threads of history combine to create a rich tapestry of people, personalities, and art forms known as Sausalito from a local artist and author. Free parking

    Minimum of 6 people required.

    Note: If you have fewer than 6 people in your party, please call the day before to check on availability.

    Growing out of the abandoned industrial shipyards built during WWII, Sausalito’s storied house boat community has long been a haven for artist, eccentrics, and bohemians escaping the daily confines of a more structured society.  On this 3 hour walking tour through the old wooden shipyards and floating docks hugging the coast of Richardson Bay, local author and artist Victoria Colella revisits the wildly entertaining history of these floating homesteads and shares some of her more colorful anecdotes about the people who lived here.

    Starting along the waterfront near the oldest surviving wooden hulled ferryboat on the West Coast, your guide will explain how wooden boat building came to define the town of “little willow tree”, which is how Sausalito translates in Spanish, and how it impacted future development.  Moving from dock to dock, you’ll learn how WWII transformed the area, briefly turning the bay into the busiest shipbuilding region in the world during the latter half of the global conflict.  You’ll learn about the incredibly colorful history of the artist and cast-offs, musicians and hippies who moved into the area after the war, turning it into a vibrant alternative cultural center that contrasted sharply with the increasingly affluent communities that grew up on the nearby hills. 

    You’ll finish the tour with an understanding of how the craft of building these wooden boats remains alive today, visiting the historic Marinship shipyards where the famed Liberty Ships were once launched and restored houseboats, luxury yachts, and bay-area ferries are still built and launched today.  Learn the heart and soul of this fascinating seaside community from a local guide whose passion for her town and community translates to a rich and rewarding experience throughout the entire tour.

    Informacion Adicional
    "Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability"
    "Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level"
    "Children must be accompanied by an adult"
    "Subject to favorable weather conditions. Tour is only cancelled in case of storms - DRESS APPROPRIATELY"
    "Minimum of 6 people per booking"
    "This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund"

    • Hora de InicioSaturday 12:30 - 2:30 PM
    • Lugar de comienzo: Mikes Bikes
      Harbor Center
      One Gate 6 Road
      Sausalito, CA 94965

    • Duración: 2 hours
    • Cancelaciones y devoluciones: All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
  • Incluye

    • Snacks and limited refreshments
    • Local guide
    • Free Parking
    • Transportation back to your car after the tour

    No Incluye

    • Lunch
    • Gratuities

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