Oddyssea Outside

Quick Facts:

Hours: Variable with weather, private events, etc. Generally Sat & Sun 11a-5p (check our homepage and Twitter feed for latest info.)

Address: 601 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, California 94019 – 650-440-4555

Activity Sessions: Drop-in basis. First come, first serve. Check our Events page for the current list of activities.

The Story:

Back before we even opened Oddyssea Inside, we saw the vacant lot at 601 Main Street in downtown Half Moon Bay and dreamed of ways to make it more than a home for weeds and leftover crushed glass. After nearly 2 years of effort, we’re excited to be able to share what we’ve been up to hidden behind the perimeter fence.

First and foremost, Oddyssea Outside is a garden to host activities and have adventures. Everything we offer in some way accrues value to those objectives. The setting for the space is a garden with a ship’s remains, the Oceane built in 1846 and wrecked in 1853 off the San Mateo coast on her way back from the far east. In fact, over 90% of the materials used for Oddyssea Outside have been salvaged, reclaimed, and repurposed in their new life.

We are inspired by the maker movement and the various activities and events (like the Maker Faire) that support, catalyze, and encourage creativity in multiple mediums. The anchor for Oddyssea Outside is our weekend activity sessions where everyone is welcome to drop by and participate. We offer over 12 activities at a time including: leather working, terrarium building, and a scavenger hunt in the garden.

We also wanted to provide some built-in activities for visitors to enjoy and have added the Treasure Flume, a mining apparatus where intrepid souls are able to unearth minerals, shells, and fossils using the flume.

Another feature of the garden is a 36′ mast salvaged from the ship wreck. It serves multiple purposes, it’s a home to our flags, leverage to hoist the sales to cover our event space with shelter from the elements, and it supports the Peak-a-Viewer, a high-definition camera that provides a bird’s eye view of the horizon and as a bonus, it’s connected to the Oceane’s ship’s wheel and when the wheel is turned the camera pans the horizon and can be viewed live above the binnacle.

Since we had some left over lumber and cannonballs, so we decided that it would be fun to build Cannonball Run, the world’s largest marble race/run. This behemoth is 20′ tall and 24′ wide. It features 14 ramps and two ball lift towers that allow participants to pedal as fast as they can to get their cannonball to the top of the tower and race to the bottom first.

Featuring plants from around the world, the garden itself is an eclectic mix of botanical wonder. We wanted to create a welcoming, interesting, and fun place for people to want to visit, learn, and have fun while surrounded by nature.

If Oddyssea Outside sounds interesting to you, you’re invited to visit. We’re open Saturday & Sunday 11a-5p on the off-season and every day 11a-5p during the Summer. Activity sessions happen on-demand during open hours.

What? You want Oddyssea Outside all to yourself? You’d like to have a birthday, corporate event, or other special event in the space? We’d be happy to host you. Packages start at $300 and can be booked by contacting us.