Walt Disney Family Museum

Basic Information:

Address: 104 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94129

Telephone: 415.345.6800

Website: http://waltdisney.org

Fees: Adults ($25), Seniors ($20), Youth ($15), Children 5 and under are free

Parking is free.

Walt Disney Family Museum: 

The Walt Disney Family Museum is located within the Presidio National Park on the tip of San Francisco peninsula.  The Presidio of San Francisco is a former US Army base; since its closure in 1994 it has been transformed into a national park.

While visiting Presidio Park is worth your time, make sure you put aside time to visit The Walt Disney Family Museum.  The museum is not affiliated with Disney Enterprises.  It was established by Diane Disney Miller, in an effort to document the life and accomplishments of her father – Walt Disney.  The museum first exhibited the artifacts of the Disney family beginning in 2012 and officially was renamed to Walt Disney Family Museum in March 2014.

The museum hosts a number of family artifacts, including the Oscars Walt Disney received for his movies (including the one for Snow White).

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The site also exhibits some of the props used in the old TV shows and movies.  You can see the saddle used in the TV Show Zorro.  Amongst other artifacts that provided a glimpse into Walt Disney include photos with actors and artists that worked with him. There is a very cool detailed miniature of Disneyland that was shown to potential investors.

Finally, the museum offers a number of exhibits throughout the year.  They include everything from the Walt’s love for trains to young animators movie festival.  Make sure you check out their website for the latest information and exhibits.

Skunk Train

Basic Information:

Boarding Locations: 

Fort Bragg:  100 W Laurel St, Fort Bragg, CA 95437

Willits:  299 E Commercial St, Willits, CA 95490

Telephone: 707.964.6371

Website: https://www.skunktrain.com 

Fares:  They vary depending on Start/End Location:

Fort Bragg (1 Hour Roundtrip):  Adults $25, Children (2 to 12) $15

Willits  (4 Hours Roundtrip):  Adults $84, Children (2 to 12) $42

Willits (5 Hours Roundtrip – includes BBQ Dinner):  Adults $109, Children (2 – 12) $67

Parking is free.

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Skunk Train 

One of the most scenic areas of California are the Redwoods in the Northern part of the state.  There are a number of ways you can enjoy these great outdoors; from camping to visiting national parks.  But there is one unique way, you and your family can really enjoy the Redwoods.

Located in the Mendocino area of Northern California, you can ride the Skunk Train through the beautiful landscape.  The Skunk Train uses the “Redwood Route” that was created in 1885 by Charles R. Johnson and was used as a logging railroad.  Today the historic train will travel through the forest and allows the passengers experience the beauty of the forest through open air car or enclosed cabins.

The Skunk Train can be boarded from two different locations.  Fort Bragg and Willits provide the starting points, but the trips vary.  The trips from Willits tend to run longer and will cost more than Fort Bragg.  However, the longer trips allow for additional activities such as BBQ in the middle of the Redwoods stop.

Currently the Skunk Train runs a few special event trips as well.  They have The Magical Christmas Train (leaving from Willits – 90 Minutes; and Fort Bragg – 60 Minutes).  This experience will take guests through storybook wonderland, with servings of cookies and hot chocolate (with souvenir cup you can keep).  Oh and a visit by Santa Clause! Please check with the site for pricing.

If you enjoy nature and outdoors, then you must try the Skunk Train.  It is an experience that you and your family will remember for a very long time.

Autry Museum of the American West

Basic Information: 

Address: 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462
Located northeast of downtown, across from the Los Angeles Zoo

Telephone: 323.667.2000

Website: https://theautry.org

Admission: $14 (Adults), $10 (Seniors), $6 (Children 3 – 12), Free (Kids under 3).

Parking is free.

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Autry Museum of the American West 

Located within Griffith Park; Autry Museum focuses on the history of people of the American West. The Museum was founded in 1988 by Gene Autry and his wife; and in 2002 it merged with the Women of the West a non-profit organization.  The Museum exhibits include art gallery of the West; as well as Native Americans that lived in these regions.

There are a number of exhibits at this museum, one focuses for the fans of the Western Movie genre called the Imagination Gallery.

For kids of all ages, there is a Play exhibit that show cases the evolution of toys throughout the ages.  We found a number of toys that reminded us of our childhood.

The museum also has a large art of the West exhibit.  The paintings and sculptures reflect the Western landscape and its beauty.

In addition, the Journey’s Exhibit shows artifacts from the West.

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There are a number of traveling exhibits at the museum, so be sure to check their site for the latest news and events.

The museum is fun for kids of all ages as there is something to explore for everyone.

Palm Springs Air Museum

Basic Information: 

Address: 745 N Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Link: https://palmspringsairmuseum.org

Admission: $17 (Adults), $15 (Seniors), $15 (Children 13 – 17), $10 (Kids 6 – 12).

Note:  Family Plans are available $37 or $47 depending on age of children (Please check on their website)

Parking is free.

Palm Springs Air Museum: 

With Veteran’s Day fast approaching (November 11), it is a good opportunity to expose kids to the sacrifices our veterans have made.  But to educate kids while keeping their interest is the big challenge.

Palm Springs Air Museum will help you reach those goals with ease.  The museum is located by the Palm Springs International Airport.  It occupies, two large hangers and has  the largest collection of flyable planes from WWII.  IMG_3882

The collection of aircraft is not only from WWII, but also includes a number of marvelous planes from Korean conflict and Vietnam.

The museum allows up close interaction of planes, including the ability to go inside a B-17 Bomber (or the flying fortress).

Excited yet?  But wait there is more!  There are a number of model airplanes on display as well!

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There are a number of well informed volunteers that can guide and help you navigate the large collection.  Through out the year, there are a number of programs and special programs, so make sure you check their website for the latest events.

We would highly recommend Palm Springs Air Museum for your next visit.