Among the many compelling attractions awaiting visitors in the Bay Area, here are three educational spots that offer a look at unique aspects of local culture:
Submarine USS Pampanito The decorated Pampanito made six patrols in the Pacific during World War II, and she sank six Imperial Japanese ships and damaged four others. Currently docked at Pier 45, the diesel-electric powered submarine welcomes more than 100,000 visitors a year, and customized tours cover the vessel from bow to stern. Student groups can take part in Submarine Science School, a more immersive half-day or overnight program led by crew members.
Walt Disney Family Museum The remarkable life story of Walt Disney, the man whose innovation and vision created a distinctly American legacy, is showcased at the museum in the Presidio. Visitors can learn more about his legacy as they explore interactive galleries and state-of-the-art exhibits that feature early sketches, cartoons, short films, music, video screens and listening stations, some with narration from Walt himself. Hands-on workshops and talks from animators are available.
The San Francisco Dungeon The audience is part of the show during this 60-minute adventure that details San Francisco’s storied history. Featuring numerous special effects, 360-degree sets and a cast of nine actors, the Dungeon experience exposes 200 years of the city’s sinister side, from the Gold Rush days to gangs to the Black Plague that gripped Chinatown in 1900. Combination tickets add on a Big Bus Sightseeing Tour or visits to Alcatraz or Madame Tussauds.
Top photo: Submarine USS Pampanito
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