Located in Fairfield, California The Travis Air Force Base Heritage Center offers both indoor and outdoor exhibits. There are more than 14 indoor exhibits including but not limited to: The Wright Brothers, World War I & II, Cold War, Korean War, Vietnam War, Modern Flight, Space Exploration, and Humanitarian Missions. Visitors can climb into the basic trainers on sight (BT-13, PT-19-AAF, T-37 Simulator, and a F-100 Cockpit Trainer).
The Marine Mammal Center located in Marin County, California is an excellent place to take your children for an educational excursion. The center rescues and rehabilitates marine mammals. They have a state-of-the-art animal care and research facility. Their ultimate goal is to rehabilitate the mammals and release them back to the ocean.
The center can care for up to 200 marine mammals at once, and treat 800 or more per year. There are five groups of marine mammals: pinnipeds (seals, sea lions, fur seals, and walruses), cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises), sea otters, sirenians (dugongs and manatees), and polar bears.
What can we do at the center?
Docent-led Tours are 45 minutes long and include a tour of the facility and stories about past and present marine mammals. Check their website for days ,times, and prices. Audio tours are also available (35-45 minutes long) for a small fee.
All visitors are welcome to explore the facility for free (donations suggested). There are viewing areas of the marine mammal pools and the post-mortem room and exhibits throughout the center. The center is located up the road from Rodeo Beach. I suggest visiting the Marine Mammal Center and then taking a picnic lunch to Rodeo Beach.
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Ms. LeDrew is a parent and educator. She received a master's degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on early childhood education.