Venue Details

16 Star Starred
Golden Gate Bay Cruise
Pier 43 1/2- Taylor Street & The Embarcadero 2829 Taylor St. San Francisco, CA 94133
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Take public transit
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Parking is expensive
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Parking is scarce
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Food and drinks for purchase
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Sweater or heavy jacket
info • Feb 23 2013 star this tip starred
Beers and tons of snacks
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Walk to the pier if you can...much easier
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Walter Bishop
Earmuffs or a hat and scarf wouldn't be a bad idea.
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A light jacket is appropriate
info • Feb 23 2013 star this tip starred
A quick ride, nothing really needed
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Reviews & Ratings

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4.4 average rating
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22 stars
attended Apr 02 2010

Unfortunately, it poured when we were to take this cruise. It would have been beautiful if we could see out the windows, but you weren't able to. It was foggy and... continued

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10 stars
attended Jul 15 2010

If in San Francisco. Walk the golden gate, drive the bridge, and even bike it. But nothing is as dramatic the to take a boat ride too, under, and to the other side of the... continued

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7 stars
attended Jul 03 2009

We had a great time! Not very crowded, cruise schedule was very efficient and low key.... loved the amazing views and the Goldstar price.
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Launched in 1939 as part of the Golden Gate International Exposition, this cruise has been a highlight of any visit to San Francisco for 70 years. Sail along San Francisco’s breathtaking waterfront, under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, and closely around notorious Alcatraz Island. On route, discover San Francisco’s history and world-famous landmarks through personal headphone audio in 12 languages.

Departing from Pier 43 ½ in the heart of Historic Fisherman’s Wharf, sail past the San Francisco skyline and view the lively neighborhood of North Beach, the famous swimming clubs of Aquatic Park, the historic vessels at Hyde Street Pier, the San Francisco Maritime National Park, and numerous other exciting sights.

As you head west towards the Golden Gate Bridge, cruise along Fort Mason and the Marina District which was devastated in the 1989 earthquake. Next, enjoy views of Crissy Field and the lush hillsides of the Presidio—both former army installations—that are now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Don’t miss incredible photo opportunities when sailing directly under the massive 4,200-foot span of the 746-foot-tall Golden Gate Bridge.

As you steam back into the Bay, travel past the wildlife reserves of the Marin Headlands and the legendary town of Sausalito, once home to the 1960s’ flower generation. With Angel Island State Park to your left, slowly cruise around the infamous Island of Alcatraz. On your way back to Fisherman’s Wharf, see the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and Coit Tower. After a full hour of exciting sights, the barking sea lions at Pier 39 welcome you back to Pier 43 ½, where you can visit two National Historic Landmarks, the WWII submarine USS Pampanito and merchant vessel USS Jeremiah O’Brien.

Cruise duration: 1 hour.

Please prepare for the unpredictable weather on the Bay by bringing a jacket or other appropriate outerwear.

About the Ticket Supplier: Red and White Fleet

Founded in 1892, the historic Red and White Fleet is legendary for its premiere San Francisco Cruises. Family owned, the Red and White Fleet is committed to environmental sustainability and community education.