Oddyssea Outside

Quick Facts:

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

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

Activity Sessions: Drop-in basis. First come, first serve. See our roster for a list of current 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 are now sharing our creation.

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 a Geode-Breaking Station and a Treasure Flume, a mining apparatus where intrepid souls are able to unearth minerals, shells, and fossils using the flume.

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. Contact us for inquiries.

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