We went earlier this week on the 10 minute ferry ride from Tiburon with our 11 year old niece. It was $40 for the 3 of us roundtrip. The weather report for SF said 65 degrees with fog all day. We actually had sunshine and not too much wind on the north side of the island. We brought our own bikes and went up the trail to the west of the ferry terminal docking station. It was a bit of a steep ride up (we walked our bikes) and it wasn't too strenuous even for our novice guest. We didn't make it all the way around as our time was short and we had only about 2 hours to be on the island. Once on the perimeter trail there were historic buildings to see as well as old canon gun foundations (the actual guns have been removed). The view of the Golden Gate, Bay, and Richmond Bridges was really astounding. There was a summer camp for kids around 8 years of age there at the same time we were there. The only thing we found difficult was the schedule, as there were only 3 ferry rides to the Island all day, and the last one departed for Tiburon at 3:30. We saw several campers that were hiking as well. All in all it was a great experience. There is a restaurant near the ferry terminal we didn't go in however we used the tables out front for our own picnic lunch. We could have waited to eat along the trail which may have been more fun for a picnic if we had known there would be tables along the way. We had our own bikes but they also have bike rentals available on the island. Also the bathrooms near the ferry terminal were nice and clean. After we returned to Tiburon we enjoyed a celebratory drink and ice cream sundae at Sam's Cafe overlooking the bay which was a nice finish to the day.
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