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“Nice quiet walk” 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 #40 of 721 things to do in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Camping, Hiking, Biking, Group tours/walking tour, Walking, Picnicking
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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
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“Nice quiet walk”
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.

Visited June 2014
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Irvine, California
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“Great Day Trip For Locals AND Visitors”
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 also available from Oakland and Alameda, with a transfer in San Francisco. The round-trip ferry ticket includes admission to the island (currently $14.50 from Alameda/Oakland).

On a clear day, the trip over to the island is worth the ferry ticket alone. But once on the island, there is plenty to see. The ferry docks are located at the cove. This is the starting point for your visit. An information booth, restrooms, café, restaurant and rental booth are all found in this area. Beyond this area is a large picnic grove and visitor's center.

There are several ways to get around Angel Island. Hiking and bike riding are the most popular. You can bring a bicycle with you, or rent one at the cove. There are some steep hills to navigate, so be prepared. You can also take a one-hour tram tour around the island. On this visit we took a two-hour Segway tour, and had a blast. Of course all of these activities have a fee. At $68, the Segway tour was a great deal.

While most people bring a picnic lunch to Angel Island, there is some really good food available at the restaurant. Sandwiches, salads, soups and wraps are among the items on the menu. A café across from the restaurant offers light fare and beverages. During the summer season, live music is featured on the patio.

Angel Island is quite large. The trip around the island is around six miles, and can take an hour by tram to several hours biking or hiking. There are several historic areas to explore, as this was a military installation and an immigration station. But the views of San Francisco Bay from the island are sights to behold, especially on a sunny day. And when your day is finished, hop back on the ferry for a relaxing cruise back to where you started.

Angel Island is a historical landmark, and an attraction that is a world away from the crowds and congestion of San Francisco. It's a day filled with adventure, history, and fun. This Bay Area resident and frequent traveler highly recommends a visit here.

Visited July 2014
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Davie, Florida
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“Nice Day”
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 off the tram to explore the sites on your own. There is only one stop that is set up for visitors and that is the US Immigration Station. If you chose to get off at this stop, you had to walk back to the ferry landing or hope there was room on the next tram. We were told that it was a 45 minute to one hour walk from the Immigration Station to the ferry landing and the walk included a tough hill of steps.

If you plan on visiting Angel Island from Tiburon, you need to plan your day carefully. On the day we went, there were only 4 ferry rides scheduled. We took the 11 a.m. ferry and arrived on time for the 11:45 tram ride. The next ferry ride was at around 1:30 p.m. and the last ferry ride was around 3:30. We would have enjoyed stopping at the Immigration Station but that would have meant waiting to leave on the last 3:30 ferry ride back to Tiburon.

Angel Island's main attraction is its natural beauty - many people come to hike, bike and camp on the island. So unless you came to hike, bike or camp, there is little else to do on the island.
Angel Island is not like Ellis Island in New York that is set up for visitors. Other than the Immigration Station, none of the other buildings on the island are renovated for viewing by visitors. The island occasionally holds special events so that might be the best times to visit. There is only one place to buy sandwiches and snacks.

The ferry ride was around $14 round trip and included the entry fee for the island. The tour is $14 per person (coupons available) and you can rent bikes on the island.

Visited June 2014
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Bonner Springs
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“For some in the group it was the highlight of the Alcatraz Angel Island Tour”
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 good for a quick bite.

Visited July 2014
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Palm Springs, California
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“Fun tour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We decided to check this place out and we where happy we did. It is a little world all to itself. The beauty ,history and location made this place a wonderful place to visit. The views are great. We took the tram tour as we where limited on time , it was good and worth the price. I would recommend spending they day if not camping out here. They have a beautiful park with bbqs and tables. Bring the family and make some memories, you won't regret it!

Visited June 2014
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