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“Highly recommend taking the time to go out- Amazing Views”

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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Chelmsford, Massachusetts
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36 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Highly recommend taking the time to go out- Amazing Views”
Reviewed April 5, 2014

On my cousin's recommendation I took the ferry ride from Tiburon to Angel Island (can also get there from San Francisco). I was so glad I did. The ferry ride was beautiful. I then took the tram ride around the island but you could bike or get around other ways. Tram ride went all around the island and the driver was awesome. We stopped along the way to get some amazing shots of both Golden Gate and Bay Bridge as well as San Francisco with Alcatraz in front. There are a lot of deer to see and some beautiful flowers and trees. Good way experience nature without having to drive far away.

Visited September 2013
2 Thank Cathy R
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Rochester, New York
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“Tram Tour was a Blast”
Reviewed March 28, 2014

We took the ferry to Angel Island that circles back to Alcatraz. What a great day! We opted for the tram tour and our tour guide, Kimmie, was a riot. Beautiful views and scenery. The segway tours looked fun, might do that another day. Very interesting history and a very relaxing day.

Visited March 2014
2 Thank moricher
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“Wonderful Day Trip”
Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

We did a round trip on the San Francisco ferry, and there was only one return time, at 2:50. This length of time is sufficient to hike around the perimeter road, visit the Immigration Museum, and have a picnic lunch. There were two quite large groups of somewhat lively older kids on our ferry. They headed straight for the museum, where we had to wait for the opening time of 11 am. We decided not to do the tour because of the crush of people. I would recommend walking the island counterclockwise and doing the tour in the early afternoon. The ferry was scenic, going by Alcatraz and with a great view of the city. The island itself was fantastic, particularly when we got beyond the crowd (the kids didn't walk the perimeter!) The abandoned buildings and military installations were very interesting. The vegetation, landforms, birds, etc, all wonderful. The walk is very scenic, and we enjoyed our picnic with a view from the Golden Gate to Oakland, including the San Francisco skyline, Alcatraz and the Bay Bridge. For those wondering about the physical requirements of the hike, there are some short stretches of steep elevations, but the perimeter road is mostly fairly flat. This sort of out-of-shape 67 year old didn't have any problems making it, but five miles is a fairly long hike. Loved it. Would do it again but not the next day!

This will be one of the highlights of many San Francisco trips and sights.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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“The West's Ellis Island”
Reviewed March 18, 2014

We took the 9:45 AM Blue and Gold Ferry to Angel Island. There were a number of bicyclists on board as well as folks taking a tram tour of the island and people like us who planned a hike and also take the Immigration Station tour. As soon as we disembarked we headed up hill to the perimeter road heading east to the Immigration Station. We arrived in time go on an 11:00 tour conducted by one of the Park volunteers. The Immigration Station offers an interesting and often sad story of people's introduction to their new life in America. Many of the buildings are still intact and preservation and restoration efforts work to tell the stories of the people who have passed through here. We hiked back along the road through the woods and down to the bay for a late lunch. This time of the year the cafe is open only on weekends. The food is pricey and the sandwich fillings a bit skimpy. This is the only vendor on the island so there was no surprise regarding food. There is a small visitors center and plenty of restrooms.
It was a nice day out. If we went back it would be to hike more of the many trails on the island. What we were able to experience before the 3:15 PM ferry departure was very picturesque.

Visited February 2014
1 Thank Davis K
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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Make time for this treasure island”
Reviewed March 16, 2014

If you like spectacular views within a short ferry ride from San Francisco, Oakland or Tiburon, I highly recommend visiting Angel Island. I rented a bike for the day (www.blazingsaddles.com--negotiate the price--as they are more competitive than rentals on the island, which operate seasonally) and was able to leisurely circle the island, hike to the top of Mt Livermore (nearly 360 degree view) and stop at various historical and scenic sites. Another relaxing way to see the island is to take the tram tour.

I never knew that Angel Island served as a US Immigration and Station between 1910-40, a Quarantine station 1891-1946, a US Army Camp beginning with the Civil War and a Nike Missile site during the Cold War in the 1950's. Most of the island became a CA State Park in 1963. There are exhibits and videos that do an excellent job recreating what it was like for the largely Chinese population that were detained there before being granted entry. I suggest about 1 hour is needed to explore the Immigration area ($7/person for self-guided tour), which is about a 20 min bike ride or 30 min hike from where the ferry lands.

To make the most of your time here, I suggest catching the first ferry in the morning and the last one back (www.parks.ca.gov.angelisland). Definitely bring water and sun screen with you, as well as, food or snacks. There is a snack bar on the island but believe it is operated seasonally. There are also camping sites that can be reserved (www.parks.ca.gov).

Visited October 2013
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