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“Surprising and Amazing Tour!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Angel Island State Park

Angel Island State Park
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Stand Up Paddleboard Experience in Historic Sausalito
Ranked #31 of 503 things to do in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
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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
Dallas, Texas
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Surprising and Amazing Tour!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012 via mobile

I knew nothing about Angel Island before our tour. What a pleasant experience! There's tons of history on the island and the views are gorgeous!!

Definitely either add on to your Alcatraz tour, or take a whole day to hike and bike the island. It's a 740 acre state park!

Thank Travel_addict_1987
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Singapore, Singapore
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“A great place to enjoy nature”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

I went to Angel Island only because I was late in buying my ticket to Alcatraz and the only one available was the combined tour. What a blessing in disguise, because I'd have missed this awesome place otherwise. I was fortunate too that the day I managed to get tickets for was a clear spring day with gorgeous blue skies.

The island has a lot of wonderful places for one to take photos with San Francisco in the background. It also has a bit of history to it, so those of you who love historical facts should take one of the tram tours and ask the operators as much as you can! There are also a lot of beautiful plants and flowers for nature lovers!

The boat ride from Pier 33 takes you past Alcatraz Island and there's a great photo opportunity to snap pics with the prison in the background, too. The cafe on the island is not bad, their signature pork sandwich is pretty good after a morning tour!

If you're taking both the Angel Island and Alcatraz tour, it might be a bit of a rush if you have to head to Alcatraz after Angel Island because of the ferry schedules, especially if you take the tram tour which is about an hour.

I have to say I found Angel Island more enjoyable than Alcatraz, despite the latter being the more famous of the two. I'm definitely looking forward to going back to San Francisco and spending a bit more time on this island and maybe having a picnic this time around.

Visited April 2012
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San Rafael, California
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49 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Don't Miss This!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

From the ferry ride over, to the walk around the island. A fabulous piece of history, and gorgeous location. What's not to like? Even more fun to take your own boat over, as they have slips to tie up to so you can enjoy the day on the island.

Visited June 2012
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Berkeley, California, United States
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8 reviews
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“Historic and Beautiful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

Amazing place for a picnic and a hike. Well worth the drive to the Tiburon Ferry. Just bring warm clothes.

Thank Gary L
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87 reviews
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“Hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

We visited here because ideas the only way we could visit Alcatraz, and we were so happy that we did. The island is a little piece of paradise. The sun was shining, the views were stunning, and there was a tour of the island in buggys. I. Highly recommend a visit. The boats take the long way round Alcatraz so there are lots more photo opportunities.

Visited September 2012
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