For 150 years, Mare Island was a federally-owned facility, off-limits to the public. Today, thousands of people come to Mare Island to experience the island's unique history, open space waterfront scenery and recreational opportunities.
San Francisco Bay Ferry Service
In March of 2017, the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) began providing San Francisco Bay Ferry Service between Mare Island and the Vallejo Terminal. For more information regarding the schedule, fare, route and parking, visit sanfranciscobayferry.com.
Mare Island Historic Park Foundation
1100 Railroad Ave
Vallejo, CA 94592
The Mare Island Historic Park Foundation supports the preservation of Mare Island's history and historic resources. In addition, the Foundation provides tours and coordinates the rental of facilities for special events.
Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve
Located on the southern portion of Mare Island, the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve is 215 acres of open space with walking trails, diverse wildlife and breathtaking views. The park is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to one hour after sunset. For more information visit mareislandpreserve.org/MareIslandPreserve.
San Pablo Bay Trail
The San Pablo Bay Trail is located on the western side of Mare Island and offers exquisite views of San Pablo Bay, Mt. Tamalpais, the East Bay hills, and the Sonoma and Napa Valleys. The 4-mile round-trip trail is flat and has benches and educational panels along the way. See the breathtaking sights and local wildlife like nowhere else on this amazing journey.
Mare Island Brewing Co.
This spring, the Island celebrated the opening of the Coal Shed Brewery, which is located in one of the nine former coal sheds that stored and loaded coal onto the Navy’s steam ships in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Mare Island Brewing Company completely restored and renovated this historic, waterfront building into a state of the art 15-barrel brew house complete with private event and tour and tasting space. Visitors are welcome to the Brewery, by appointment only, for monthly tours and tastings, and larger private events. For more information, go to http://www.mareislandbrewingco.com/VisitUs.
Savage & Cooke – An American Distillery
The Savage & Cooke distillery, owned by Napa Valley winemaker Dave Phinney, is located on historic Mare Island and is scheduled to open in early 2018. The decision to locate the distillery on Mare Island was due to its fascinating history as a naval shipyard, the plethora of space, stunning brownstone buildings and its proximity to both the Napa Valley and San Francisco. Savage & Cooke will distill, age and bottle a range of brown spirits including Bourbon, Whiskey and Rye. https://savageandcooke.com/