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Angel Island State Park

Pier 41, San Francisco, CA 94109
415 435 1915
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Ranked #25 of 374 attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Cotati, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Ok, I am biased. My grandmother lived here as a small child during the 1906 SF Earthquake and Fire. She had vivid memories of that day and the weeks after as her father worked to ferry folks out of danger from the city to safety. He was the Chief Medical Quarantine Officer for the early Immigration Station. This park has... More

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Montreal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

If you can combine it with the Alcatraz tour, do it! It is such a beautiful island. It remind me of Sardinia! It smells like cedar and eucalyptus and it carries a rich military history. The views of San Francisco and the Bay are phenomenal.

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Sandhurst, United Kingdom
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We caught the ferry from Ferry Buildings & first stop was Pier 41. The trip across to Angel Island was on a beautiful clear day with Golden Gate bridge standing out clearly against a bright blue sky. The entrance to Angel Island is lovely with a ranger giving out information leaflets. There was a small cafe, restrooms, bike rental &... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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28 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Great for basically anyone. You can have fun and enjoy a great day on this beautiful island in any way, hiking, biking, segway tour, shuttle bus, picnic... Away from the busy tourist crowd at the SF wharf area. Don't forget to stop by the immigration point, although probably just for half an hour to an hour. Food - buying from... More

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Chandler, Arizona
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We rented bikes on the island right off the ferry exit. Get there early. We took the first ferry and got the last 3 bikes. We rode the Perimeter Trail and did some geocaching along the way. Angel Island is THE way to see the entire bay area as there are wonderful views from every area of the island. The... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Angel Island and the ferry to get there are fine, but not for july 4th. We did get to see Sausalito fireworks, but it is not the huge show that San Francisco puts on. Of course, because it is San Francisco, there is a huge fog bank between the island and the fireworks. We saw only the bottom half of... More

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virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This is a beautiful park for hiking and for history because Angel Island was the Ellis Island of the West. In addition there are several military sites on this island. I mostly hiked around the island and up to Mt. Livermore. Bring lunch and plenty of water.

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San Francisco, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We've been to Angel Island twice. This gem in the middle of San Francisco Bay is a must-see for any Bay Area resident. But tourists who vacation to "the City" without visiting this beautiful place are truly missing out. To get to Angel Island, you must take a ferry boat from San Francisco or Tiburon. East Bay ferry service is... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We took the ferry to Angel Island from Tiburon, a very small town near Sausalito. The ferry ride took only 15-20 minutes. We arrived on the island in time to make the next tram ride. The tram ride is an audio guided tour of the island that takes around 1 hour - you are not allowed to get on and... More

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Bonner Springs
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13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The tram tour of the Island for parts of the family was the best part of the day on Alcatraz and Angel Island. The audio tour was very complete and covered all of the key highlights on the Island. It will take up most of the time you have on the island. The small restaurant on the Island is fairly... More

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