Trains, Planes, and Automobiles!

Zoom-zoom, vroom-vroom, choo-choo! Here is a running list of places for young (and oldish) motor enthusiasts.  (A quick disclaimer: I have visited many, but not all, of the places on this list. I hope to add links to more extensive posts as I visit and blog!) 

Airplanes/Space Shuttles:

  • Alameda Naval Air Museum (Alameda)
  • Hiller Aviation Museum (San Carlos)
  • Oakland Aviation Museum (Oakland)
  • Pacific Coast Air Museum (Santa Rosa)
  • Space Station Museum (Novato)
  • Wings-History Aircraft Museum (San Martin)


  • San Francisco Ferry
  • SS Jeremiah O’Brien (San Francisco)
  • SS Red Oak Victory (Richmond)
  • USS Hornet (Alameda)
  • USS Pampanito (San Francisco)batt
  • USS Potomac (Oakland)
  • Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum (Vallejo)


  • California Automobile Museum (Sacramento)

Fire Engines:

  • San Francisco Fire Department Museum (San Francisco)
  • San Francisco Fire Engine Tours (San Francisco)


  • Cable Car Museum (San Francisco)
  • SF Railway Museum (San Francisco)
  • Trolley Barn – History Park (San Jose)


  • Ardenwood Historic Farm (Fremont)
  • California State Railroad Museum (Sacramento)
  • Central Park (San Mateo)
  • Children’s Fairyland (Oakland)
  • Golden State Model Railroad Museum (Richmond)
  • Howarth Park (Santa Rosa)
  • Kennedy Park  (Hayward)
  • Niles Canyon Railway (Sunol)
  • Oakland Zoo (Oakland)
  • Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (Jamestown)
  • Redwood Valley Railway – Tilden Park (Orinda)
  • Roaring Camp Railroads (Felton)
  • Sonoma TrainTown Railroad (Sonoma)
  • South Bay Historical Railroad Society (Hayward)
  • Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society (Walnut Creek)
  • Western Railway Museum (Suisun City)

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