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Angel Island State Park

Pier 41, San Francisco, CA 94109
415 435 1915
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Ranked #21 of 377 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Go to Pier 39 and take the boat to this incredible island. It's an amazing park of forests, trails, nature and wildlife. Peace and quiet! You'll forget you're in a major metropolitan city. There's so much history to Angel Island. Bring your bike. Bring your lunch. And, for Heaven's sake, BRING YOUR CAMERA!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

My 15 year-old son and I camped out here on August 28th. We spent a week camping along the coast North of San Francisco and along the Big Sur coast. We both agreed that the night we spent out here on Angel Island was the highlight of our trip. We stayed on the Ridge Campsites, number 5. I'm a photographer... More

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Sacramento, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We took the 9 am ferry from Oakland, which costs $14.50 per adult for a roundtrip. This includes the quick transfer at Pier 41 as well as the entrance to the State Park. An hour later we arrived at Angel Island where the Marine layer was just starting to clear. My adult daughter, my 8 year old grandson and I... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
25 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We went there with intentions of hiring a bike or similar but ended up walking around the outside road of the whole island, around 5-6 miles round trip. There are some hills, particularly around the immigration station which are tough on the legs but it's well worth a look. Walking you get to go and explore the various ruins that... More

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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The large number of parks in the San Francisco area is really nice for the locals who can actually use them.

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Belton, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

A lovely break from the crazy crowded streets on the weekend in San Francisco. Tour options, enjoyable lunch, inexpensive ferry trip, and stunning views. Powerful historic features.

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El Paso, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We took the ferry tour to Alcatraz Island followed by a visit to Angel Island. The ferry ride to Angel Island was beautiful. Once we arrived we took the tram ride around the island. Our tram tour guide was very knowledgeable and showed us all the historic locations. We also stopped in a couple of lookouts were you could appreciate... More

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Haddington, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

When you are near tiburon you should think about a trip to this island. It only takes 10 min on a ferry from Tiburon. It is peaceful if you walk or cycle round. We only had 2 hrs and made a walk around the hill to see grand views of San Francisco skyline. Really nice if you have time to... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We toured with a group and took the tram tour. Our guide and host Fillipe was outstanding. You could just see the pride and enjoyment leaping from him. His added knowledge and insight contributed so much to an historical treasure. A must for history buffs.

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Albany, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We camped at Angel Island at the end of August (site 1). The scenery was spectacular, but the camping is slightly more rugged than some sites suggest. You can do it even if you are not a "backpacker" but be prepared to walk at least one mile to get to your site and also to climb over 145 steps. Also,... More

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