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“Not too "touristy" with almost a 360 degree view of San Francisco Bay”

Angel Island State Park
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 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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Sebastopol, California
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Not too "touristy" with almost a 360 degree view of San Francisco Bay”
Reviewed August 6, 2011

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.

Visited August 2011
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“Beautiful place to hike”
Reviewed August 4, 2011

I was in San Francisco during the fourth of July week. We walked from our hotel in Union Square to the Ferry Building to get tickets to Angel Island but got there like 5 minutes too late. I think the first ferry leave at like 10 o'clock or 9 can't remember which. But any who likely for us we managed to get to the next ferry on pier 39. It takes about 20 minutes to get to Angel Island. I see a lot of people with bicycles but I was there for the hike. Let me tell you the hike is about 3 miles up but it wasn't strenuous or anything but rather relaxing. The view at the top of Mount Livermore is spectacular. The entire city of San Francisco and Golden Gate Bridge swimming in a sea of clouds totally breathless.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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18 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Amazing, must see”
Reviewed August 1, 2011

Go check out this amazing island. It's beautiful! We did the Alcatraz/angel island tour and enjoyed both! The tram tour on angel island is fabulous, you will get great photos and learn a lot!

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Portland, Oregon
Level 5 Contributor
46 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“What an amazing place”
Reviewed July 28, 2011

When you visit SF from out of town, or if you live here, Angel Island is a great place to visit. If you want to add some historical information to your vacation or day off, Angel Island has been updated with money from private and state/fed funds. It is an amazing experience that you just might not think to visit. Please go! We walked the island, had a beer after, and learned much about this part of U.S. history that remains somewhat unknown.

Visited July 2011
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San Antonio, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Ferry Boat Ride to Angel Island was fabulous!”
Reviewed July 22, 2011

Visited Angel Island State Park with my daughter and her husband on Saturday, July 16, 2011. We took the Ferry Boat ride to Angel Island. Enjoyed reading about how this is the "Ellis Island of the West." Very beautiful setting. We also hiked around part of the island.

Visited July 2011
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