Treasure Island Tours

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Man-made Treasure Island was created for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition and then became home to a naval training station and other military sites. In recent years, the small isle has become a trendy destination for its urban wineries, a monthly festival, and unbeatable views of downtown San Francisco and the bay.
 
The Basics
Located in the middle of the bay between San Francisco and Oakland, Treasure Island is outside the range of most city tours. If you want to visit, opt for a nighttime tour, where you can admire the lights of the Bay Bridge and the twinkling San Francisco skyline. Alternatively, get a view of the island from a helicopter flight, bay cruise, or speedboat ride.
 
Activities on the island include walking or biking along the shoreline, visiting the Treasure Island Museum, wine tasting at one of the island’s low-key establishments, such as Winery SF, and checking out the monthly TreasureFest, where you’ll find food trucks, clothing and art vendors, kids’ entertainment, and live music.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Treasure Island is ideal for wine lovers and those who want to see a different side of San Francisco, off the tourist path.
  • With its location on the water, Treasure Island is exposed to the elements so bring layers and sunscreen to shield yourself from wind, fog, and sun.
  • There are a few cafés and restaurants on the island.
  • Redevelopment and construction on the island is ongoing; closures of roads, venues, and events are possible. 
 
How to Get There
Most visitors drive to Treasure Island via the Bay Bridge from downtown San Francisco; there is plenty of parking available. Those without access to a car can also take MUNI bus No. 25. You can also take a private boat to the Treasure Island Marina.
 
When to Get There
TreasureFest takes place the last weekend of each month, except December. Most winery tasting rooms are open weekends only. On weekdays, avoid crossing the Bay Bridge during morning and evening rush hours.
 
Yerba Buena Island
Treasure Island is attached to a second isle—Yerba Buena Island—which connects to the Bay Bridge. Much of it belongs to the United States Coast Guard, but there are a couple of spots where visitors can enjoy the views, such as Blue Park and the Bay Bridge Trail Lookout.
Location
Address: Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA, USA
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San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Explore San Francisco’s most iconic attractions the fun and easy way on a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Ride aboard a comfortable, double-decker coach while listening to live commentary on passing highlights and city history. Hop on or off at any of 24 different stops, including Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, Haight-Ashbury and North Beach. Alternatively, cruise across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito for fantastic views of the skyline and Alcatraz. Choose from several 1- or 2-day pass options to customize your time in the ‘City by the Bay.’
  • Duration: 2 days
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San Francisco Helicopter and Alcatraz Tour

Fly over San Francisco in a helicopter for stunning aerial views of the area, then take the ferry to explore Alcatraz. Book this flexible combination tour over consecutive days or on the same day, and choose from three different flight times and two pickup locations. The 20-minute helicopter flight allows spectacular aerial views of the city's major landmarks. After your flight, board a ferry to Alcatraz and take an award-winning audio tour of 'the Rock'.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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San Francisco Love Tour

Hop on a ‘70s-era VW bus and get to know the hippie past and hipster vibe that make up San Francisco today. Starting and ending at Fisherman’s Wharf, this 2-hour sightseeing tour takes you around the city, including Chinatown, North Beach, the Castro, the Mission, downtown and more. See the homes of The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, while listening to ‘60s classics. So settle into a neon-blue seat and dig your shoes into groovy shag carpet. Each bus accommodates up to just six people.
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San Francisco Bridge-to-Bridge Cruise

On this San Francisco bridge cruise, get an up-close look at the city’s two engineering marvels — the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge — as you travel across San Francisco Bay. You’ll see major city sights like AT&T Park, Alcatraz, Coit Tower, and the Ferry Building, and listen to recorded commentary about the city's legendary architecture while you glide under both bridges. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Alcatraz and San Francisco Bay Adventure Sightseeing Cruise

Sure. You can hop on the standard ferry to Alcatraz and explore the prison with the rest of the tourists. Or you can catch a ferry over to Sausalito and see a few parts of the Bay. But this combo-tour tour combines best of both worlds. The 'Bay Voyager' is a ship that takes you closer to the sights than any other ship. Make use of complimentary wet-weather gear in case you get a little too close to Mother Nature. After your RIB Boat experience, head  over to Pier 33 to join the famous Alcatraz Prison tour and see the grounds and the notorious solitary confinement wing.*You must submit all passenger names on checkout to redeem your Alcatraz Cruise tickets
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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San Francisco City Lights Evening Tour

Roll thorough San Francisco during the twilight hours in a double-decker tour bus. During this 2-hour tour, see the sights of Union Square, the Marina and Chinatown as their lights twinkle on. Get your camera out to snap photos of the Golden Gate Bridge from a scenic overlook and cross the Bay Bridge to Treasure Island. Look back at the city skyline from your vantage point in the middle of the bay and witness the Bay Bridge's LED art installation. Along the way, learn about the history, architecture, culture and traditions of San Francisco through live narration.
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Skip the Line: San Francisco RocketBoat Ride

Take a furious 30-minute speedboat ride on a San Francisco RocketBoat from Pier 39. You’ll rock ‘n’ roll to live music on board as your captain narrates the sights including Alcatraz, Treasure Island and AT&T Park. Hold on for a wet-and-wild tour of San Francisco Bay, passing under the Bay Bridge and pausing for photo ops along the way. Ponchos included! This ticket allows you to skip the box office line and go straight to the gate.
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San Francisco Love Night Tour

Get to know the hippie past and hipster vibe that make up San Francisco today aboard a colorful 1970s-era Volkswagen bus. Enjoy the illuminated city during this 2-hour night tour that takes you to Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, North Beach, the Castro, the Mission, downtown and more. Check out the homes of The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, while listening to ‘60s classics. So dig your shoes into groovy shag carpet and shake some beaded curtains. Each bus accommodates up to just six people.
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Big Bus San Francisco Night Tour

Get a unique perspective on San Francisco by taking a 1-hour nighttime bus tour. See neighborhoods such as Fisherman's Wharf, Embarcadero, Chinatown and the Financial District while listening to commentary from a live guide. Multiple tour departure times available to suit your schedule.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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San Francisco Bay Sightseeing Boat Tour

See San Francisco’s top attractions from the water on this 1.5-hour tour by rigid inflatable boat. Your guide will provide gear to keep you dry and warm as you take off from Pier 39. Pass the infamous prison of Alcatraz, Coit Tower, the Presidio and glide under the Golden Gate Bridge while your captain provides insightful narration. Numbers are limited to 12 people to keep this small-group tour as intimate as possible.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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San Francisco City Lights Flight

If you're looking for a romantic start to your evening, then bask in the glow of the setting sun. This San Francisco Sunset Flight lets you do just that — but in the air. While suitable for families and friends, romantic pairs tend to find this plane tour especially enticing. See the Bay Bridge, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and Treasure Island while motoring among the clouds and gulls.
  • Duration: 45 minutes
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