San Francisco: Golden Gate Bay Cruise

San Francisco: Golden Gate Bay Cruise

From $38 per person

Sail along San Francisco's breathtaking waterfront, under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, and around notorious Alcatraz Island. Discover San Francisco's history via an award-winning audio commentary, available in 16 languages.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 1 hour
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Host or greeter
English
Optional audio guide
Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Arabic, Portuguese, Russian
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Cruise along San Francisco's waterfront
  • Sail under the Golden Gate Bay Bridge, and around Alcatraz Island
  • Listen to an interesting and award-winning audio commentary, available in 16 languages
  • Look at the former hippy enclave of Sausalito
  • Watch out for dolphins, sea lions, whales, and pelicans
  • Enjoy views of Crissy Field and the lush hillsides of the Presidio
  • Cruise past the wildlife reserves of the Marin Headlands
Full description
Launched in 1939 as part of the Golden Gate International Exposition, this 1-hour cruise has been a highlight of any visit to San Francisco for over 75 years. With 8-14 departures daily from 10:00, you will sail along San Francisco's breathtaking waterfront, under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, and close to the notorious Alcatraz Island. Discover San Francisco's fascinating history, brought to life through audio commentary broadcast in 16 languages via personal headphones. Look out for wildlife along the way, including pelicans, sea lions, and even dolphins and whales. Sail past the lively neighborhood of North Beach, the famous swimming clubs of Aquatic Park, the historic vessels at Hyde Street Pier, and San Francisco Maritime National Park, before heading west towards Golden Gate Bridge. Enjoy views of Crissy Field and the lush hillsides of the Presidio, before cruising under Golden Gate Bridge. Steam back into the Bay, traveling past the wildlife reserves of the Marin Headlands, and the legendary town of Sausalito, once home to the 1960s’ flower generation. With Angel Island State Park to your left, cruise around infamous Alcatraz. After a full hour of exciting sights, the barking sea lions at Pier 39 welcome you back to Pier 43 1/2. A full bar with drinks, snacks and merchandise, including logo wear, is available at reasonable prices on board the iconic red and blue sea vessels.
Includes
  • Audio boat tour
  • Snacks and beverages
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers must bring their own headphones
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Date

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Meeting point

Meet at the Red and White Fleet Box Office, located at Pier 43 1/2 in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf at Taylor Street and Embarcadero, right behind the iconic Crab sign.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Camera

Not allowed

  • Smoking
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 976 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.2/5
  • Transportation
    4.2/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Safety
    4.7/5
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We arrived 30 minutes before like stated and I was glad we did since we where one of the first ones to get in line. We where able to sit in the top deck. Every other bench was taped up due to social distance which I appreciated but some people would still stand on the side really closed to you. The ride was smooth and we all enjoyed it. It was the highlight of our weekend trip since we saw the bridge up and personal.

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September 30, 2020

Very nice way to spend an hour or two. A good way to get up close to Golden Gate Bridge (directly under!) and good views of Alcatraz island. Some informative info provided about the coastal area of the city and its history, particularly Angel island. Only downside is that the radio for the tour was a little intermittent , even after I changed it for a second radio.

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February 24, 2020

The visit was bound to be a bit short given the time available and the many things there would be to see in San Francisco. The driver / guide was very friendly, well motivated, however his English had a strong Hispanic accent and was not always easy to understand especially for a foreigner ...

February 14, 2020

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