Both versions of the tour begin at St. Peter’s Chapel. Meet your docent amidst the soaring eucalyptus trees of picturesque Chapel Park, and enter the historic doors of St. Peter’s Chapel, the oldest Navy Chapel in the nation (built 1901). Learn the about Farragut’s founding of the Island in 1854 and the Island’s incredible contribution to American history as you soak in the brilliance of the Chapel, including the stained glass collection. This section of the tour is approximately 45 minutes. You can then end your tour, explore the Island on your own, or continue on with the docent for the second (extended/walking) part of the tour.
Extended walking tour: After the Chapel, walk (or drive a few blocks to meet the group) and join your docent on an outdoor stroll (approximately 60 min) through Mare Island history, including stops at the Foundation's other landmarks: The Admiral’s Mansion and the USS Vallejo Submarine Sail memorial. Along the way, see “Captain’s Row,” the lushness and incredible tree collection (and bunkers!) of Alden Park, the original Admin Building, the original Pipe Shop, the launching of the USS California, the dry docks…The stories of the Island are brought to life.
Tours are offered on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at 10am.
You must book at least three days in advance. The tour price for Option 1 (45 min Chapel only) is $10/person, and Option 2 (1hr 45min Chapel plus historic walking tour) is $20/person. Children 12 and under always free.
If you can't make one of our standard tours, please inquire: we can sometimes accommodate other times (subject to docent availability).