Things to do in Fort Mason, San Francisco

Fort Mason: Our most recommended tours and activities

San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge and Lombard GoCar Tour

1. San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge and Lombard GoCar Tour

Zip around in a GPS-guided, talking GoCar, which will be your guide on an exciting loop of San Francisco's breathtaking Golden Gate Bridge and Lombard Street. GoCar allows you to experience the beauty of San Francisco and visit places tour buses cannot go – all at your own pace. Go off the beaten path through San Francisco's iconic parks on your way to the Golden Gate Bridge and back. Snap amazing photos along the Pacific Ocean and see the Golden Gate Bridge up close from above and below. You can even park and take a stroll along the span of the bridge if you choose. On the way back, explore the boutique shopping districts of Chestnut and Union Street, then fill the trunk with the latest fashions, or stop for a bite to eat. Finish your tour by winding your way up Russian Hill to take an exhilarating ride down notoriously crooked Lombard Street.

San Francisco: Golden Gate Bike Tour and Alcatraz Ticket

2. San Francisco: Golden Gate Bike Tour and Alcatraz Ticket

Explore San Francisco by bike and visit Alcatraz with this ticket for two tours over the course of two days. Take the ferry to Alcatraz Prison and uncover the prison's secrets on an audio tour. Enjoy a cycling tour to locations like Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge. Cross San Francisco Bay on a journey to the notorious Alcatraz Prison by ferry. This world-famous prison served as a federal penitentiary from 1934 to 1963 and housed infamous criminals like Al Capone and Robert Stroud, the Birdman. Take the award-winning 45-minute Cellhouse audio tour and hear the tales of those who lived in Alcatraz. This tour brings history alive through the recounting of tales from correctional officers and prisoners. Your bike tour will take place the previous day 10:00 AM. Set off from Fisherman’s Wharf and enjoy a leisurely cycle for around 3 hours. You’ll be kitted out with a current model bike, front handlebar bag, lock, helmet, rear gear rack, and takeaway map – and then you’ll be ready to head out on tour! Follow the San Francisco waterfront with your guide, past Aquatic Park, Fort Mason, the Marina, and the Presidio, through Crissy Field and to Fort Point. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge on a wide bike path, and then proceed to Vista Point and on to Old Fort Baker. The cycling tour comes to an end in Sausalito where you’ll have time to enjoy the shops, the many art galleries, and the delicious food. You can return to San Francisco right after the tour ends, or you may keep the bike until closing hours and enjoy additional time exploring this fascinating area on your own. Important Note: All bike tours take place 1 day prior to your selected Alcatraz departure. The date and time selected on your confirmation is for your day 2 Alcatraz Tour. Afternoon Alcatraz departure times are allotted, and so will be confirmed to customers approximately 30 days before departure.

Golden Gate Bridge: Electric Bike Guided Tour to Sausalito

3. Golden Gate Bridge: Electric Bike Guided Tour to Sausalito

Set off for an unforgettable bike ride across the world's most famous bridge. Pedal easy onboard an e-bike and just take in the spectacular views. Pick up insights into the local area from your guide. Hang out in Sausalito as long as you'd like and then take the ferry back. The tour begins at the picturesque Aquatic Park of Fisherman’s Wharf. The mostly flat National Park Bike Path will take you through Fort Mason, the Marina, and Presidio National Park. Then use your throttle for an effortless ascent up to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Along the way, a local guide will share entertaining and educational information with you, including the history behind the Golden Gate Bridge. Pedal across the bridge on the sidewalk with stunning views of the city and bay. Then just a 10-minute downhill ride will take you into the charming bayside town of Sausalito. Once there, choose to grab a bite to eat, relax, and enjoy Sausalito’s famously wonderful weather before hopping on the ferry and returning to San Francisco. These electric bikes will make your adventure fun, easy, and eco-friendly.

San Francisco: Exclusive Bike, Beer, and Boat Tour

4. San Francisco: Exclusive Bike, Beer, and Boat Tour

Experience the best of the San Francisco bay with this combination tour package. This half-day adventure begins with a guided bicycle tour through San Francisco, beginning at the picturesque Aquatic Park in Fisherman’s Wharf. Take a peek at the famous sea lions before heading down the National Park bike path through Fort Mason, the Marina, and the Presidio. From there, you’ll cycle across the iconic Golden Gate bridge and into Sausalito, a charming bayside town known for its quirky architecture and stunning waterfront views. After all the biking, you'll sate your appetite with the included $20 restaurant voucher, good for any food or beverages at a local hotspot known for their spit-roasted chickens and award-winning burgers. Wet your whistle with a house-made soda or your choice of local beers and wines. The guided portion of the tour ends here, but your all-day bike rental allows you to keep exploring at your leisure. Once you’re done criss-crossing through Sausalito, hop back on a scenic ferry ride to San Francisco, taking in the views of Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the San Francisco skyline. With recommendations from your guide, continue your venture through San Francisco, and return your bike when you’re ready.

San Francisco Self-Guided Bike Rental

5. San Francisco Self-Guided Bike Rental

Bike the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito and Tiburon. The most popular route will begin at Fisherman’s Wharf by the Powell/ Hyde cable car turnaround. Cruise along the car free national park bike path on a mostly flat bike ride through the Aquatic Park, Fort Mason, the marina and Presidio National Park to the base of the bridge, where historic Fort Point is located. You’ll cross the bridge on the sidewalk with stunning views of the city and bay. Then just a 10 minute downhill ride will take you into the charming bayside town of Sausalito. Once there, most people choose to grab a bite to eat, relax, shop and enjoy Sausalito’s famously wonderful weather. From there, the ride will only get better. Cruise by a funky houseboat community through the marshlands and into historic Old Mill Park in Mill Valley, where you will be able to see California’s famous Redwood trees at the base of Mount Tamalpais. Continue along a gorgeous waterfront bike path to the quaint fishing town of Tiburon, where you’ll find more great bayside restaurants and shops. From Tiburon or Sausalito, you will be able to hop on the ferry with your bike and come right back to San Francisco.

San Francisco: Marina Waterfront Surrey Bike Rental

6. San Francisco: Marina Waterfront Surrey Bike Rental

Discover the most iconic sights on the San Francisco waterfront as you travel along a specially-designed route on a 2 or 4-seater surrey. Start at Fort Mason on the Marina Green and ride west into the Presidio. Riding through the Marina District, pass by the Fort Mason Center, Marina Yacht Harbor, and Palace of Fine Arts Theater. With panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay, enter the Presidio and ride through Crissy Field. Continuing on the path, explore Golden Gate National Recreation Area and see Crissy Field Beach, the Torpedo Wharf, Warming Hut gift shop and cafe, and the Civil War Era Fort Point. Then, turn your surrey around and begin the journey back with spectacular views of Alcatraz and San Francisco’s majestic skyline.

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What people are saying about Fort Mason

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 503 reviews

Gandalf (Jeff) was a fabulous guide - so welcoming and so passionate about his city! It was our first time in Chicago and this tour was a major highlight of our three and a half week trip around the USA/Canada. The food was so good and Jeff had some awesome Chicago stories to share. Bobby’s Bike Hike tours are obviously well-known and respected in the city as the locals were really friendly, waving and sometimes even cheering as we rode past - very sweet! I’m fairly certain you could pick any tour on their list and have a great time

You can see all of San Francisco. With the cars you can go everywhere, park and take photos. Very easy to use. And the navi is also a great travel guide and tells highlights at the stations.

Excellent views and well explained the guide through the radio (gps). Very accurate on directions. Very recommended.

We rented two cars for a girls day in San Francisco. We had so much fun and laughed the entire time.

It’s a great way to tour the city and learn about the history of San Francisco.