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“Eye on the bay.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Angel Island State Park

Angel Island State Park
Pier 41, San Francisco, CA 94109
415 435 1915
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$179*
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San Francisco Golden Gate Seaplane Tour
Ranked #15 of 317 Attractions in San Francisco
Type: Historic Sites, Islands, Military Bases/ Facilities, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Parks, State Parks, Hiking Trails, Outdoors
Activities: Biking, Hiking, Picnicking, Camping, Group tours/walking tour, Walking
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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 outdoor enthusiasts.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Danville, California
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“Eye on the bay.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

Here is where to be during Indian summer when there isn't to much fog. See most of the bay and a spectacular view of the Golden Gate. Walk trails and have an outdoor picnic. Of course you need to take a boat ride to get there.

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“What a pleasant surprise...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

It's hard to imagine the solitude of Angel Island while amid the swarms of Fisherman's Wharf. The lack of crowds give an inkling to the solitude that many immigrants must have felt. What a special place! The immigration station was only one part of the island experience - we recommend paying the extra 2 bucks for the guided tour. The beauty, military history and hiking make up the rest. There are 4 ways to "do" Angel Island. There's the tram - which allows for minimal opportunities for individual exploration. However, this is a "must" for people with limited mobility. I had imagined that we would get off at the docks where the immigrants landed. Not the case - it was about a mile walk (much of it uphill) to the museum. You could decide to do it by bike. This is a good option. We poo poo'ed it because we didn't think the 5 mile perimeter would be worth it. However, the island is quite hilly, so would be an appropriate challenge. You could do a segway tour - don't know about how that would be. OR, you could just walk/hike. That's what we did. We thought we would just stay a couple of hours, but we enjoyed exploring so much that we took the first ferry over and the last one off the island. We managed to walk half the perimeter road, then up and over Mt. Livermore to get back to the ferry dock. The views were gorgeous! We were looking for something different to do for the morning, but this turned out to be a highlight of our vacation.

Visited August 2012
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“Great piece of history and beautiful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012 via mobile

What a great hike and view! Bring food for a picnic or eat their clam chowder. Mmmmm. Take a guided tour around the island to learn the history. It's a must see site while in SF

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San Francisco, California
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“Renting Electric Mountain Scooters at Angel Island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

My family and I ended up exploring the island with electric scooters and they were great! At first I was hesitant to rent them because I thought they would be those loud motorized scooters you can hear for miles, BUT THEY ARE TOTALLY SILENT. They were a perfect way to get from place to place easily and quickly. I booked the electric scooters in advance and when we arrived the staff had them set up and ready to go. We first received a quick tutorial on how to use them and then we were off. It was VERY EASY TO USE and such a blast! They definitely made our trip to Angel Island something we won't forget. I totally recommend renting the electric scooters if you are looking for a new, fun family outing.

Visited July 2012
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“What a great day.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

You can't go wrong at Angel's Island. Historic and beautiful. A fun hike. Plus it's fun even getting there.

Visited August 2012
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