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Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo

(3.9/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web)
The Mare Island Naval Shipyard was the first United States Navy base established on the Pacific Ocean. It is located 25 miles northeast of San Francisco in Vallejo, California. The Napa River goes through the Mare Island Strait and separates the peninsula shipyard from the main portion of the city of Vallejo. MINSY made a name for itself as the premier US West Coast submarine port as well as serving as the controlling force in San Francisco Bay Area shipbuilding efforts during World War II. The base closed in 1996 and has gone through several redevelopment phases. It was registered as a California Historical Landmark in 1960, and parts of it were declared a National Historic Landmark District in 1975.
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  • Mare Island , seems like it could be such a great place but , it mostly has old rotted out naval buildings , not any water front and a great view from the Golf Course and driving range must be the bes...  more »
  • I wanted to stay in Vallejo to be close to Napa Valley without paying for the costly hotels. Also, when I was younger and my husband was stationed at Mare Island, I had the opportunity to stay with hi...  more »
  • Well let me start by saying I know Mare Island very well as an ex employee of the yard before it closed in @ 1995.From the industrial dry dock areas and buildings to the open spaces on the south side ...  more »
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  • Great place to explore during the day. There is a ton of history and all the abandoned buildings look cool. If you go at night be aware that there are private security people and cops that go around constantly looking for people who try to sneak into the abandoned buildings
  • Definitely worth taking a tour of it's pretty cool over there
  • Cool historical spot! Super cool just to drive around and look at all the old infrastructure.
  • Worth the visit, even just to drive around. Museum and Preserve are worth checking out.
  • I grew up on the base. I have a lot of fond memories off so many people I knew before they transfered to their next duty station. I'm gonna miss this place!!!