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Explore one of California's most iconic settings from the beauty of San Francisco Bay. This hour-long, narrated Golden Gate Bay cruise journeys alongside Alcatraz and Angel Island State Park, past the shores of Sausalito and beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. You can choose to view the sights from inside your boat or out on deck.


  • One-hour Golden Gate Bay cruise
  • Cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge and by Alcatraz Island
  • North Beach, Sausalito, Marin Headlands, Angel Island State Park
  • Award-winning commentary
  • Comfortable indoor and outdoor seating
  • Open ticket gives you the flexibility to choose any departure time

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What You Can Expect

Golden Gate Bay Cruise

Golden Gate Bay Cruise

Your Golden Gate Bay cruise departs from Pier 43 in the heart of San Francisco's popular Fisherman's Wharf, home to many of the city's seafood restaurants. As the boat makes its way out into San Francisco Bay, you'll have great views (as long as the notorious Karl the Fog stays away) of the San Francisco skyline, as well as the bustling North Beach neighborhood and the waterfront Maritime National Park.

Over the next hour you will cruise the waters of San Francisco Bay on a guided tour, meandering west along Fort Mason and past the Marina District — which took a hard hit in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake — en route to the Golden Gate Bridge. Make sure and look up when sailing beneath the bridge's massive 4,200-foot (1,260-meter) span: it's a photo-worthy view that few people get to see.

Turning around in the waters where the Pacific Ocean meets the bay, you'll return east past the Marin Headlines and the harbor town of Sausalito, a favorite day getaway spot for San Francisco visitors. Continue alongside Angel Island State Park, often called 'The Ellis Island of the West,' and then cruise past the Alcatraz Island, home to the legendary former federal prison.

Heading back toward Fisherman's Wharf, soak up great views of the impressive San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and Coit Tower, a tall and slim concrete monument named for the eccentric Lillie Hitchcock Coit, an early 20th century-patron for the city's firefighters. Fisherman Wharf's famous sea lions will undoubtedly be barking their welcomes as your cruise returns to port.

Tickets are flexible, so the departure time and date of this round-trip day cruise are up to you (meaning if you've planned ahead but your flight into SFO is late, you can simply catch the next cruise, or even one on the next day. Tickets are valid up to one year from the original booking date). All cruise vessels include indoor and outdoor seating, public restrooms, and a seasonal snack bar. Audio narration is available in multiple languages.

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Customer Reviews

Blake B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This is a great tour of the bay. We only had a half a day in San Francisco and we really loved being able to see all the sights from the water within an hour. Would definitely recommend!

Subir C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Loved the bay cruise tour!

Belkis G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

El paseo fue muy bonito, tienen una grabación de audio en varios idiomas que te va relatando todo sobre la historia de San Francisco y sus lugares de interés.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Auch bei bedeckten Himmel empfehlenswert. Sehr gute deutsche Reiseführerin, viel informatives dabei.

Deeya M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Enjoyed being able to buy tickets without having to pick a time in which to do it. Just the day.

Mussie G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It was fantastic trip. My children ask me to have more trip. Fantastic

Peter B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Very good cruise in thankfully ideal conditions a beautiful sunny clear day. The cruise provide a auto set giving all the information about what you were seeing on the cruise which was excellent. Worth the money for us at a senior rate.

Virginia P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

What a beautiful day we had! The weather was so nice and we just cruised around the bay with our headphones on listing to a very soothing voice telling us about the area, other than a few rude adults with their children, you couldn't have asked for anything more.

Mr Bill

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The harbor cruise with accompanying audio was first class.

bhruva g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

It was easy to get to and the views were beautiful! Probably should remind customers to bring a light jacket as it got cool while on the cruise!

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