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Boat tours of the bay
Sail under Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz on this one-hour tour of San Francisco Bay. Red and White offers its Golden Gate Bay Cruise with narration in 6 languages (English, German, Spanish, French, Japanese, Mandarin).
- Road Trip
One of the must to do things when in SF. I originally have a plan to take ferry to Alcatraz. In a meantime I had to change my plans because Alcatraz was sold out. After all, perhaps it is even a better (loser's logic) because you can see Alcatraz from very close. Cruise takes about 45 minutes getting close to other SF landmarks as well. Of course, don't forget to make a wish going under the bridge.
A boat into the sea
Probably, one of the things we enjoyed most was a trip on the Bay by boat.
We wanted to visit Alcatraz, but our schedule did not allowed us. We went into the tournament at 8 am until about 6 pm. and the last boat was at3 (to Alcatraz). The only choice we had was to take the 6:00 pm boat into the Bay.
But it was great. A little too windy and cold(bring windbreakers or coats), but it took us pretty far into the sea. We had earphones 8many languages available) with sound effects, history and explanation of most building we could see. We also went really close to Alcatraz, enough to feel the horror of the jail (helped by soundeffects).
This is the ONE thing you CAN NOT miss while in SF!
Be aware: You can buy tickets on the street, and they will be a bit cheaper, but they will tell you, you get a free drink; this is not true. You do save a couple of bucks, but no free drinks. Anyway, as you get into the ride, the price of the beverages get cheapper, as well as the price of hot dogs.
- Historical Travel
Being from a land-locked area...
Being from a land-locked area (Central Texas), I really enjoyed being able to get out on the bay. I definitley recommend taking a boat tour of the bay. We got to see the Golden Gate Bridge and also passed close by Alcatraz. The tour was accompanied by a recorded historical lesson on the city as well as the construction of the bridge and the story of Alcatraz.
I really enjoyed this tour number 1) because the weather was great! It got a little cold because of the wind, but after the 105 degree heat I had left behind in Texas, it was heaven. And number 2) it was an easy way to see the city and put a different perspective on everything.
Cruise on a Ferry (And Hold That Pun)
When visiting any port city, make an effort to get out on the water. The water is the reason these cities exist - be they the great ports like New York City, Hong Kong, Venice or Marseilles or the tiny ancient ports like Portofino, Villefranche-sur-Mer or Kusadasi. To fully comprehend them, you must see them from their harbors.
Several ferries depart from behind the Ferry Building at the foot of Market Street. Good choices are the Sausalito, Tiburon and Larkspur ferries which will take you to Marin County.
Ride a ferry across the Bay
Ride a ferry across the Bay
It is windy and may even be a little bit chilly if you sit on top, but the views are magnificent. I caught the ferry to Sausalito which was very nouveau riche and a little boring if you don't like tourist shopping. When we were waiting for the ferry to go back to the city I noticed a lot of people with bicycles so maybe that is the thing to do when you get there. I didn't have enough time but I would have liked to walk up to the Golden Gate Bridge and crossed it to go back to the city. Anyway, this is all not so important - the ferry trip is what counts!!!
Sail Around The Bay!
A San Francisco Bay ferryboat ride can be a little bit daunting because there are many ferry companies and no centralized schedule. But with the tiniest bit of planning it’s possible for anyone, to quite easily experience the romance and unspeakable beauty of a short cruise on the Bay. And it costs surprisingly little. The commuter ferries present an especially attractive deal.
An easy and convenient way to get on the Bay is to take one of the many Bay Cruises offered by either Blue and Gold or the Red and White Fleet (877-855-5506 or www.redandwhite.com). Bay Cruises involve a one-hour trip to nowhere, usually consisting of a loop in the direction of the Golden Gate Bridge and back to Fishermen’s Wharf, from which all Bay Cruises depart and return. Audio guides are available in many languages. The cost for both companies is $18.00 for adults, $14.00 for seniors and $10.00 for children 11 and under.
- Sailing and Boating
- Road Trip
A good way to take in the sights and the scenery around San Francisco Bay is by taking a harbour cruise. The ones offered by the Blue and Gold fleet are best; they last about an hour and are narrated. From the boat there ar excellent views over the San Francisco skyline, of the Golden Gate Bridge (the boat passes directly under), the scnic hills of Marin County, and of Alcatraz Island. You can also see the Palace of Fine Arts, the Marina District, and the Presidio. Unfortunately, the fog on the bay is prevalent and usually stays most of the day, so photos taken from the boat can be iffy. The boat ride is also extremely windy and cold, and I'd advise bringing a jacket and long pants. Wearing a hat might not be a good idea, as many blow into the harbour due to the strong winds. The boats leave from Fisherman's Wharf.
Take a boat trip in the bay,...
Take a boat trip in the bay, going round alcatraz and under the Golden Gate bridge. You can visit Alcatraz, though in my opinion the boat trip around it is enough.
Be aware, its very windy, and a bit wet, so pack the waterproofs!
From Sausalito to San Fran via Ferry
Grab the Ferry from Sausalito in Marin County and take it to San Francisco and view one of the prettiest picture water rides for under $8. From Sausalito you enter the lovely remodeled Ferry Terminal in San Fran with food and shops and lots of history. Or you can rent a bike and ride over the Golden Gate bridge and take a return ride on the ferry.
Windy Tour of the Bay
We took the children on a ferry tour of the Bay, without the Alcatraz stop, because Makenzie was too young for the two-to-three-hour tour. We got to see amazing views of the Bay, Alcatraz, and of the Bay Bridge.
- Historical Travel
- Family Travel
Catch the boat to Alcatraz
Here by Pier 39 you can catch the boat over to Alcatraz. You can take the boat that just takes you around the Bay, under The Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz Island, or you can take a boat that drops you off on Alcatraz so that you can tour the cells etc.
I would suggest you purchase your ticket a day prior to when you want to go, especially in peak season.
I love travelling on water, whether it's on the sea or a river or in this case a bay (or estuary as our commentary guide on the boat corrected everyone).
San Francisco bay is an area of wonderful natural beauty. I don't think it matters which ferry operator you go with (we used the Blue & Gold ferries) the views of the city, Golden Gate bridge, Angel and Alcatraz Islands are superb.
The highlight of the trip has to be when the ferry takes you under the span of the Golden Gate bridge, an awesome sight.
There is also a great view of the sea lions on Pier 39 as you pass.
One warning take a warm jumper/coat as it can get a bit chilly on the water.
No trip to San Francisco is complete without a short cruise on the bay. The Blue and Gold Fleet and the Red & White Fleet offer some excellent sight-seeing excursions.
- Family Travel
Summer in the city: Cruisin' for cocktails
Aaaahhhh.....yes, finally on board, seated, and ready for our first cocktail.
Cheers to celebrating freedom, independence, and the American way!
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