Earthquake: Evidence of a Restless Planet at the California Academy of Sciences

Brace yourself for a seismic experience. Earthquake: Evidence of a Restless Planet at the California Academy of Sciences launching audiences on a breathtaking tour through space and time!
During the show, audiences will fly over the San Andreas fault before diving into the planet’s interior, travel back in time to witness both the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the break-up of Pangaea 200 million years ago, and much more. Concurrently, an 8,000-square-foot exhibit will debut in the west hall of the
Academy, featuring large-scale installations such as a walk-through model of the Earth, an enclosure for live baby ostriches (yes, there are surprising connections between earthquakes and ostriches!), an earthquake simulator resembling an old Victorian home, and an interactive space designed to teach earthquake preparedness.
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Red & White Fleet Sets The Perfect Stage For World-Class Sailing Races

With a variety of San Francisco Bay cruises available on a daily basis, Red and White Fleet is the perfect setting for those interested in catching the action on the bay during the America’s Cup World Series from August 21-26 and October 2-7, 2012. The dates and times for the August races correspond with Red and White Fleet’s cruise schedule as follows:

Aug 21, 1-4pm:
12:30pm & 2:15pm Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise
1:15pm, 1:45pm, 2:30pm & 3pm Golden Gate Bay Cruise

Aug 22, 2-4pm:
2:15pm Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise
1:45pm, 2:30pm & 3pm Golden Gate Bay Cruise

Aug 23, 2-4pm:
2:15pm Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise
1:45pm, 2:30pm & 3pm Golden Gate Bay Cruise

Aug 24, 2-4pm:
2:15pm Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise
1:45pm, 2:30pm & 3pm Golden Gate Bay Cruise

Aug 25, 2-4pm:
2:15pm Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise
1:45pm, 2:30pm & 3pm Golden Gate Bay Cruise

Aug 26, 11:45am-2pm:
12:30pm Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise
11:15am, Noon, 1:15pm Golden Gate Bay Cruise

Sure to make a great impact on the beautiful city-by-the-bay, each of the regattas is a combination of practice and championship racing, with additional practice sailing on-site ahead of each event.

And to complement all the festivities on the bay, Red and White Fleet will be cruising within close proximity to the races, which occur between Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge, however there are no guarantees on the viewing opportunities. The best cruise options include the one-hour Golden Gate Bay Cruise and the new, 90-minute Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise as per the sailing times listed above.

Boarding of the cruises occurs on a first-come, first-serve basis, so passengers will want to arrive at least 30 minutes early. In addition to taking in all the action of the races, these cruises offer spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and downtown skyline.

For bookings and additional information, visit www.redandwhite.com or call (415) 673-2900.

Red and White Fleet Offers Fleet Week Cruises

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Red and White Fleet is cruisin’ into the fall with special cruises for Fleet Week.  One of San Francisco’s most popular seasonal events, Fleet Week takes over the city during the weekend of October 4-7 with a series of Navy-inspired events, entertainment and the legendary Blue Angels air show. 

And to complement all the festivities on the ground and in the air, Red and White Fleet offers the best views of the daily air shows, from the bay.  Options include the two hour Air Show Cruises departing Pier 43½ at 2:00 p.m. from October 4-7, with the Thursday (October 4) departure being offered during the Airshow and Blue Angels practice. In addition, guests have the opportunity to see the spectacular Parade of Ships on Saturday, October 6 at 10:00 a.m.

The Fleet Week cruise prices include an ample buffet spread of appetizers prepared by the Hyatt at Fisherman’s Wharf and one complimentary beverage (beer, wine or soda). Additional snacks and beverages are available on-board for purchase.

Cost is $58 per adult (18+); $40 for youth (5-17); and free for those under the age of five. Because of the popularity of Red and White Fleet’s special Fleet Week Cruises, it is advisable to book well in advance, as tours sell out. 

In addition to the Fleet Week cruises, Red and White Fleet also offers afternoon sightseeing departures aboard the one-hour Golden Gate Bay Cruise and the 90-minute Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise.  These cruises offer spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and downtown skyline and will be available during the Fleet Week festivities as well. Tickets for the latter two tours are open and boarding is offered on a first come, first serve basis.

Hyatt Has You Covered For World’s Most Prestigious Sailing Race Trials

As the city-by-the-bay prepares for the most prestigious, global sailing race, Hyatt Hotels of San Francisco still have rooms available for those that want to visit the city and take in this nautical “World Series” in August and October of 2012.  )For more information on the race, please visit www.americascup.comand click on the San Francisco page)

 
Although discount packages are not available, the best rooms “in the house” can be found at either of the properties, specifically Hyatt at Fisherman’s Wharf and Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport.  While both properties offers different features, there is something available for every fan’s tastes.
 
Hyatt at Fisherman’s Wharf is in the center of all the activity, located in the most popular San Francisco destination, Fisherman’s Wharf.  A very short walk to the bay, guests will enjoy the ultimate in convenience to the sailing races.
 
While Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport is outside of the heart of downtown, its quaint Burlingame location offers convenient access to the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), which can easily whisk guests away to the San Francisco Bay competition.
 
For more information, room rates and hotel bookings. please visit www.hyatt.com and click on the San Francisco accommodations choice. 

Replica Builder Sees Golden Gate Bridge Aboard Red & White Fleet

Larry Richardson told his wife Barbara he’d give her a kiss as soon as they came into view of the Golden Gate bridge in person, and he made good on that promise on their boat tour in San Francisco on Tuesday.  The Richardsons built a replica of the Golden Gate bridge on their property in Kansas, and traveled to see the real bridge up close. Book your romantic San Francisco cruise with us today!

Happy 75th Birthday Golden Gate Bridge!!

Happy Birthday Golden Gate Bridge!! 75 years old May 27, 2012!!
For the entirety of 2012 we have been posting once a month fun facts about the bridge and different ways you can celebrate!

Now that the month is finally here we are going to post 75 ways to celebrate the Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th birthday!

CONNECT, SHARE, AND LEARN:
1. Join the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary communities on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ggb75), Twitter (www.twitter.com/ggb75) and Flickr (www.flickr.com/groups/ggb75/)

2. Attend one or more of the 75 Community Tributes being offered by Bay Area organizations throughout the anniversary year (see list of activities at http://www.goldengatebridge75.org)

3. Make plans and invite friends to attend the Bridge’s waterfront birthday celebration over Memorial Day weekend, May 26-27, 2012—don’t miss the surprise grand finale on Sunday night!

4. Throw your own Bridge birthday party on May 27, 2012

5. Tweet about your thoughts and reactions to 75th anniversary celebrations and activities; be sure to hashtag #ggb75

6. Tell us your favorite story or memory of the Bridge; visit http://www.goldengatebridge75.org/share to add to our collective “valentine” to the Bridge

7. Write a poem or song about the Bridge and share it with us at http://www.facebook.com/ggb75

8. Sing “Happy Birthday” to the Bridge and post your video to our Facebook page

9. Upload your favorite photographs of the Bridge on our Flickr page

10. Share your Bridge painting, drawing, or other artistic masterpiece

11. Take a picture of you or your friends holding a “Happy Birthday Golden Gate Bridge!” sign at your favorite local bridge—a drawbridge, a footbridge, or any bridge at all—and share it with us

12. Concoct a Golden Gate Bridge 75th cocktail and send us the recipe

13. Take a photo from the Bridge on your 2012 birthday and share it

14. Post a video of your best impersonation of a foghorn

15. Snap a quick pic when you see the Golden Gate Transit’s 75th Anniversary Bus, adorned with a Bridge image by Marin artist George Sumner

16. Bake a birthday cake in the shape of the Bridge and share the photos

17. Host a Golden Gate Bridge movie night (a quick Web search turns up lots of films!); debate the greatest movie scenes that feature the Bridge

18. Buy something international orange to wear on Memorial Day weekend

19. Build a sandcastle of the Bridge at your favorite beach

20. Dye your Easter eggs international orange

21. Dress up as the Golden Gate Bridge on Halloween

22. Design your own “Happy Birthday, Golden Gate Bridge!” bumper sticker

23. Paint your nails or toes international orange

24. Learn to say “Happy Birthday, Golden Gate Bridge!” in one of the 112 languages spoken in the Bay Area

25. Send us the name and photo of a friend or relative who walked across the
Bridge on Opening Day (May 27,1937)

26. Tell us what you think the Bay Area—and the world—will be like on the Bridge’s 100th anniversary in 2037

27. Send a Bridge postcard to a loved one

28. Send a beautiful e-card from http://www.goldengatebridge75.org

29. Reach out to a friend with whom you once visited the Bridge; re-connect and reflect on good memories

30. Bring a family member or friend to the Bridge for his or her first visit

31. Ask someone who is 75 years or older to tell you their personal recollections/ thoughts about the Bridge; build a bridge across generations

32. Inspire the next generation of “chief engineers” by taking kids to a science museum

33. Help your kids build balsa wood bridges and hold a contest to see which bears the most weight

34. Check out the Golden Gate Bridge exhibit at the 2012 California State Fair, July 12-29

35. Learn more about this beloved span; do some research on the Bridge’s official website, http://goldengatebridge.org/research/section

36. Go to your local public library and read news coverage on the opening of the Bridge in 1937 and get a sense of life in the ’30s

37. Party like its 1937 and host your own 1930s-themed party

38. Google “Golden Gate Bridge 50th anniversary” to learn about the celebration 25 years ago

39. Host a house party and watch the American Experience: Golden Gate Bridge DVD

40. Read Golden Gate: The Life and Times of America’s Greatest Bridge, by former California State Historian Kevin Starr

41. Take a moment to remember those who have died on the Bridge

42. Visit the new Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion to see the original model of the
tower and other interpretive artifacts and exhibits

43. Enjoy a fresh, local, scrumptious meal at the new and improved Bridge cafe

44. Capture an ever-perfect Bridge scene (even on the foggiest days!) with the green-screen at the Round House, which will house interpretive and educational elements to the visitor experience

TAKE IN THE VIEW OF THE BRIDGE FROM:

45. Marin Headlands (Battery Spencer, Hawk Hill, and more!)

46. Crissy Field

47. Fort Baker

48. Baker Beach

49. Golden Gate Overlook in the Presidio, coming in spring 2012

50. Fort Point

51. Alcatraz

52. Lands End (for the Golden Gate National Parks sites above, visit http://www.parksconservancy.org/visit for more information and ideas)

53. Sausalito waterfront

54. Tiburon/Belvedere waterfront

55. Marina Green

56. Angel Island

57. Twin Peaks

58. de Young Museum Tower

59. Coit Tower

GET MOVING:

60. Walk, stroll, cycle, skip, jog, or roll across the Bridge

61. Sail under the Bridge

62. Kayak, windsurf or kiteboard under the Bridge

63. Take a scenic airplane ride over the Bridge

64. Explore the new and improved Bay Trail segments around the Golden Gate Bridge plaza

65. Discover the Batteries to Bluffs Trail—and other trails in the adjacent Presidio parklands—for more stunning Bridge vistas

66. Embark on a Bridge-to-Bridge urban hike, from the foot of the Bay Bridge to the foot of the Golden Gate, through San Francisco

67. Camp at Kirby Cove (visit http://www.nps.gov/goga) and fall asleep to foghorn lullabies

68. Participate in a Pier Crabbing activity off the Fort Point pier; see http://www.parksconservancy.org/calendar for upcoming dates

69. Take one of the new docent-guided Bridge Tours (beginning April 2012)

70. See the span in a whole new light on one of the exclusive new Bridge Night Tours (beginning April 2012)

71. Visit Fort Point, the Civil War-era fortress greatly admired by Chief Engineer Joseph Strauss

SUPPORT BRIDGE AND PARK IMPROVEMENTS:

72. Join the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and help protect the magnificent parklands that flank the Bridge, http://www.parksconservancy.org/join

73. Volunteer to build trails and restore wildlife habitat around the Golden Gate Bridge, http://www.parksconservancy.org/volunteer

74. Purchase a Bridge 75th Anniversary Commemorative 2012 Calendar and other new interpretive items in the Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion or at the online store, with proceeds going to support future Bridge visitor-experience improvements

75. Sign up at http://www.goldengatebridge75.org for e-mail updates on 75th Anniversary celebration details and upcoming events

Red and White Fleet Celebrates Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary With Fireworks Cruise

While Red And White Fleet features San Francisco’s original bay tour, the family-owned bay cruise operator is an ideal setting for celebrating the Golden Gate Bridge’s 75thAnniversary. Scheduled for Sunday, May 27, 2012, the special Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary Fireworks Cruise will depart Pier 43½ in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf at 7:30 p.m. and return to port at 10:00 p.m.
The 2½ hour cruise of San Francisco Bay will include an appetizer buffet, with an assortment of sandwiches, salads, antipasti, crudité with dip, fruit and mini deserts, as well as one complimentary beverage (a choice of beer, wine or soda). Passengers will enjoy views of Alcatraz and the San Francisco skyline. Then, for the grand finale, the cruise will get into position near the Golden Gate Bridge for spectacular views of the fireworks that will be launched above the bridge.
The Golden Gate Bridge 75thAnniversary Fireworks Cruise price is $66 per person and includes the aforementioned appetizer buffet and (1) beverage. Guests should arrive no later than 7:00 p.m. at Pier 43½ to check in for the cruise. Advance ticket purchases are recommended, as this event will sell out. (Note: Due to the celebrations along the waterfront, visitors are encouraged to allow extra time for traffic and parking). Tickets are available online at www.redandwhite.com or by phone (415) 673-2900.