• Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)
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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.

Highlights

  • 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

What You Can Expect

Golden Gate Bay Cruise

Golden Gate Bay Cruise
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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

Karen H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

The views of the San Francisco were beautiful my 10-yr. old granddaughter wanted to go under the Golden Gate for her birthday, and was intrigued by Alcatraz Island.

Danielle M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

This was such a lovely little tour! The boat was pretty empty we went on a Friday morning as there was only two or three other couples/groups. The historical information provided was awesome and we were able to get some really nice pictures!! I'd do it again in a heartbeat!

Leslie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This was a really great tour of the Bay! We had out-of-state visitors with us and it was a great way to take in so much of the City. And what a thrill to go underneath the Golden Gate Bridge!

Thomas H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Excellent, informative and flexible boarding times!

Barnett152

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

My love with San Francisco was only heighten by this tour. The scenery and the golden gate close up was a highlight

Beth J H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

We had a great time. They were very accommodating and helpful. We enjoyed the Audio Tour information and thought it provided great educational elements and fun facts. It was great for all ages and provided you an opportunity to enjoy the ride from either an inside vantage point or from out on the open deck. Got to see some harbor seals, as well as, some sea lions during the tour.

Camille R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Superbe visite. Paysages à couper le souffle et commentaires de laudioguide très intéressants. Nous voulions initialement nous rendre à Alcatraz mais vraiment beaucoup trop de monde. Nous ne regrettons pas notre choix.

MGM United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

The facilities were easily accessed the staff was awesome and the tour was exciting. The Golden Gate Bridge was incredible To view when we under it.

Saigopal V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This tour was amazing!

KOKO H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Nice ride!

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