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San Francisco Bay

Free admission
San Francisco, CA

The Basics

The area abounds with ways to enjoy the bay. Options range from sunset sails and brunch cruises to helicopter excursions—some tours provide overnight accommodation. Take a ferry to Angel Island State Park, Alcatraz Island, or the pretty town of Tiburon. Or, zip around San Francisco on a Segway, bike, or e-bike, stopping for bay photo ops. If you have time to spare, consider a regional tour to the redwoods, wine country, or Yosemite National Park.

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San Francisco Bay Sailing Cruise
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San Francisco Bay Sailing Cruise
$64.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Delightful Day
The Captain and his Chief Officer Michael, were wonderful and made our sailing trip delightful for everyone! They were knowledgeable about the safety on the boat, the surrounding areas and panoramic views and where and when to snap the 'perfect picture........a total day of pleasure!
Tamara_L, Nov 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in San Francisco

star-5
Superb experience
Norma_L, Sep 2022
Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset Cruise
Awesome experience! It definitely exceeded my expectations. Luckily the day was clear no fog at all so we were able to take super beautiful pictures with the twilight Excellent service , clean boat and flawless trip. Kudos to red and white fleet. San Francisco Bay is windy so you better tie your Long hair and bring a jacket.
star-5
Delightful Day
Tamara_L, Nov 2022
San Francisco Bay Sailing Cruise
The Captain and his Chief Officer Michael, were wonderful and made our sailing trip delightful for everyone! They were knowledgeable about the safety on the boat, the surrounding areas and panoramic views and where and when to snap the 'perfect picture........a total day of pleasure!
star-5
Awesome first experience!
Jessica_J, Nov 2022
Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Full-Day Tour from San Francisco
Great first wine tasting experience! The tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly! The bus was clean and it was a pleasant experience!
star-5
November on the Water 💦
Elizabeth_J, Nov 2022
San Francisco Bay Sailing Cruise
Beautiful November day! A sun-filled 1.5 hour relaxing sail in the San Francisco Bay sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge & passing by Alcatraz. The view of the city from the water is spectacular! We loved it!
star-5
Oldies first time
Lauren_S, Oct 2022
San Francisco Bay Sailing Cruise
We have never been on a catamaran before so just getting on the yacht was an experience in in itself. Safety procedures where covered off first. Jackets were all around the inside just in case it was cold, which l did use. (Side note, might be time for them to have a freshen up in the washing machine 🙃). Exciting going under the Golden Gate Bridge, the whole experience was very special, thank you.
star-5
No reg
Natasha_H, Oct 2022
San Francisco Premier Brunch Cruise
Good food, ambiance, great service, ease of boarding, clean and orderly. Definitely a must try experience... highly recommended.
star-5
Awesome and beautiful experience.
Hanna_T, Oct 2022
Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Full-Day Tour from San Francisco
This was an amazing experience. I wish we could have gone to more wineries. I particularly enjoyed how relaxing and clean the atmosphere is in Sonoma and Napa. The ride was not as long as we thought. The driver was informative.
star-5
Beautiful scenery and great fun!
Amanda_S, Oct 2022
San Francisco Bay Sunset Catamaran Cruise
Loved sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge! The boat was clean and the guides were friendly. They came out and helped with pictures as well!
star-5
This was an enjoyable...
preston_l, Oct 2022
Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset Cruise
This was an enjoyable cruise. The sunset was nice. The crew was on time and friendly. The ship was clean and very pleasant.
star-4
Great Boat, Too Foggy
Pamela_N, Oct 2022
Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset Cruise
Nice and clean boat, met a wonderful couple and their baby on board. Unfortunately it was TOO FOOGY to see the GG Bridge
star-5
Great date
Oscar_P, Oct 2022
San Francisco Premier Brunch Cruise
The staff and the performance . Paul was some amazing. The food was great. Clean and romantic environment.
star-5
Great Bay Cruise
Melody_N, Oct 2022
Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Cruise
Loved this cruise. Beautiful day on the Bay Exciting going under Golden Gate Bridge Crew members were friendly and practiced safety measures
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Many top San Francisco attractions offer views of the bay, including Fisherman’s Wharf, the Exploratorium, and Pier 39.

  • Don’t forget to take a jacket—and leave those shorts in your hotel room, even in summer—as it’s often chilly and windy on and near the water.

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How to Get There

For the most immersive San Francisco Bay experience, get there by boat (private charter, or public ferry from various locations). The major airports serving the area are San Francisco International and Oakland International. Public transit is generally plentiful, as are taxis and rideshares. If you plan to drive in San Francisco, make sure you’re comfortable navigating steep hills, and be aware that parking can be difficult to find.

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When to Get There

Weather on the bay and in San Francisco is temperate year-round, but the warmest, sunniest months are usually September and October. Spring is a good time to beat the summer tourist rush. Expect more tour availability on weekdays.

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Visiting Fisherman’s Wharf

For family fun with fabulous bay views, hop on a historic streetcar to Fisherman’s Wharf. Dine on fresh seafood, check out the Aquarium of the Bay, or explore the USSPampanito, a submarine and museum. Numerous bay cruises also depart from Fisherman’s Wharf.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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