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Angel Island State Park

Pier 41, San Francisco, CA 94109
415 435 1915
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Ranked #21 of 360 attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Type: Islands, State Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Military Bases/ Facilities, Historic Sites, Hiking Trails, Parks
Activities: Biking, Hiking, Picnicking, Camping, Group tours/walking tour, Walking
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The largest island in San Francisco Bay features magnificent views of Marin County and San Francisco, while offering a wide variety of recreation for... more » Owner description: The largest island in San Francisco Bay features magnificent views of Marin County and San Francisco, while offering a wide variety of recreation for outdoor enthusiasts. « less
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Chelmsford, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

On my cousin's recommendation I took the ferry ride from Tiburon to Angel Island (can also get there from San Francisco). I was so glad I did. The ferry ride was beautiful. I then took the tram ride around the island but you could bike or get around other ways. Tram ride went all around the island and the driver... More

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

We took the ferry to Angel Island that circles back to Alcatraz. What a great day! We opted for the tram tour and our tour guide, Kimmie, was a riot. Beautiful views and scenery. The segway tours looked fun, might do that another day. Very interesting history and a very relaxing day.

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VT
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232 reviews 232 reviews
9 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

We did a round trip on the San Francisco ferry, and there was only one return time, at 2:50. This length of time is sufficient to hike around the perimeter road, visit the Immigration Museum, and have a picnic lunch. There were two quite large groups of somewhat lively older kids on our ferry. They headed straight for the museum,... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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49 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

We took the 9:45 AM Blue and Gold Ferry to Angel Island. There were a number of bicyclists on board as well as folks taking a tram tour of the island and people like us who planned a hike and also take the Immigration Station tour. As soon as we disembarked we headed up hill to the perimeter road heading... More

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Portland, Oregon
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73 reviews 73 reviews
28 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

If you like spectacular views within a short ferry ride from San Francisco, Oakland or Tiburon, I highly recommend visiting Angel Island. I rented a bike for the day (www.blazingsaddles.com--negotiate the price--as they are more competitive than rentals on the island, which operate seasonally) and was able to leisurely circle the island, hike to the top of Mt Livermore (nearly... More

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Sausalito, CA
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

So much to see but yet also so serene and naturally quiet and beautiful. The historic sites on this island are so intriguing and informative. As a photographer and outdoor enthusiast, I love visiting this island. There is unusual history, things to see ~ one can ride bicycles or take walks. Also it's easy to find a secluded place for... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

The ferry ride out to Angel Island is fun. We took the tram tour which is about 1 1/4 hours around the Island which highlighted the main attractions including the various structures dating back as far as Civil War. Also walked one of the trails a little ways. Very informative to hear about island's history and how it fits in... More

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Gosford, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

We went on a weekend. Only 1 depart cruise each way 9.45 am to Island 4pm back to Bay . On weekend a cafe is open. We took 3 hours to walk the island. Bikes and segways are available. Also a tour bus at a cost. The first 20 mins is the hardest. But the rewards are the best views... More

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Fremont, California
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605 helpful votes 605 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Angel Island is a great place to take the ferry to, get off with a picnic lunch (enjoy it at the nearby tables) and then take a hike around the island seeing the various views and historic areas - such as Camp Reynolds, which was built by the U.S. Army in 1863 to help defend San Francisco Bay from Confederate... More

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san francisco
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93 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

The trip to Angel Island is a great way to see San Francisco and the bay. You take the ferry over to the island…the ferry passes right next to Alcatraz….great views. Once you get on the island you have several options (walk, bike, bus)…I do not know if the bus option is available during the winter. The distance around the... More

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