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“'loved it!” 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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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.
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West Bend, WI
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“'loved it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

You can do so many things there--this was our first time. We went with our son, daughter-in-law and 2-year old son. He enjoyed walking in the water. We saw deer up close and personal. Cute restaurant--we didn't eat there, but there was going to be music. Had we stayed longer, we would have. We took the tram ride--a must. Wonderful guide and unbelievable scenery.

Visited September 2013
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“A Gem with a sad history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Very often overshadowed by Alcatraz visits, but well worth spending a day on the island. It has basic facilities for dining etc and you can hire various forms of transportation on two wheels! Best way is to walk around the perimeter of the island and spend most of the day there. The immigration museum is a real eye opener as to the modern history of California and the states.

Visited October 2012
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“Beautiful Views!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

We weren't sure what Angel Island would be like. We loved it! Lovely place to go and bike or even just hike around and the views looking back over the bay to SF are the best! Worth the ferry ride.

Visited September 2013
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“Interesting visit and good Alcatraz access”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

We visited Angel Island as part of an Angel Island/Alcatraz tour that is not as heavily booked as the regular Alcatraz tour, especially for tardy tour bookers like ourselves.
They offer a very interesting tour of the island that was the Ellis Island of the west and still in use as a state park. The original houses/hospital/group housing are still there and look frozen in time. Many chances to see different types of deer during the tours as they are walking free all over the island.

Visited July 2013
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“So many things to see, so little time. If you're adventurous, camp!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

We decided to do almost everything in 2 days on Angel Island. It was tiring but worth it. First we had to reserve a campsite months in advance. We picked site 4 since it has great views. Campsites 4-6 give you a view of the Golden Gate bridge, Bay bridge, the City & Alcatraz. These 3 sites share a pit toilet & there is also a water spigot. If you really hate smelly pit toilets, the restrooms by the dock are flush-able. Each site has a table, bear box (to keep racoons from your food), and a small grill for burning charcoal only. The ground is hard so it is difficult to stake your tent. We parked our car in a lot at Tiburon & paid for 2 days of parking. The ferry ride is short & you receive a slight discount if you camp since technically the ferry ticket includes the state park fee. Once on Angel Island, it's about 1.5 miles to get to the campsites 4-6. The walk from the dock to the campsite has a decent elevation change. We hiked in, but biking would good too.

Our first day was warm & the sky was clear, only occasional fog on the far side of SF. We hiked around part of the island, looking at the ruins & then took the Ida trail to the summit, known as Mt. Livermore. The view was nice. We took Sunset trail down, but would have preferred to go back the way we came. The Ida trail is steep & short, while the Sunset trail has many long switchbacks & takes much longer overall. Plus the Ida trail has better views.

The next morning we were woken by ships horns blowing. The clear night had turned into a foggy morning, where we could no longer see the bridges. We hiked the perimeter road & stopped to look at the different historical sites. This took about 3 hours. The hike out with all of our gear was much easier since it was downhill. Back at the ferry dock, we waited for the one hour tram ride so we could learn more details about the history of the island. We had a small tram so there were no problems hearing the recording. The tram only makes one stop where you can get off for about 10 minutes to take pictures. This stop is near the campsites 4-6. I wish the tram allowed visitors time to walk around the immigration station. We would have liked to go to their museum, but didn't have time to energy to walk part way around the island again.

Enjoy your time at this beautiful island but be sure to watch your time carefully so you don't miss the last ferry of the day!

Visited August 2013
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