San Francisco: Golden Gate Bay Cruise

San Francisco: Golden Gate Bay Cruise

From $38 per person

Sail along San Francisco's breathtaking waterfront, under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, and around notorious Alcatraz Island. Discover San Francisco's history via an award-winning audio commentary, available in 16 languages.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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Duration 1 hour
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Optional audio guide
Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Arabic, Portuguese, Russian
Wheelchair accessible


  • Cruise along San Francisco's waterfront
  • Sail under the Golden Gate Bay Bridge, and around Alcatraz Island
  • Listen to an interesting and award-winning audio commentary, available in 16 languages
  • Look at the former hippy enclave of Sausalito
  • Watch out for dolphins, sea lions, whales, and pelicans
  • Enjoy views of Crissy Field and the lush hillsides of the Presidio
  • Cruise past the wildlife reserves of the Marin Headlands
Full description
Launched in 1939 as part of the Golden Gate International Exposition, this 1-hour cruise has been a highlight of any visit to San Francisco for over 75 years. With 8-14 departures daily from 10:00, you will sail along San Francisco's breathtaking waterfront, under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, and close to the notorious Alcatraz Island. Discover San Francisco's fascinating history, brought to life through audio commentary broadcast in 16 languages via personal headphones. Look out for wildlife along the way, including pelicans, sea lions, and even dolphins and whales. Sail past the lively neighborhood of North Beach, the famous swimming clubs of Aquatic Park, the historic vessels at Hyde Street Pier, and San Francisco Maritime National Park, before heading west towards Golden Gate Bridge. Enjoy views of Crissy Field and the lush hillsides of the Presidio, before cruising under Golden Gate Bridge. Steam back into the Bay, traveling 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, cruise around infamous Alcatraz. After a full hour of exciting sights, the barking sea lions at Pier 39 welcome you back to Pier 43 1/2. A full bar with drinks, snacks and merchandise, including logo wear, is available at reasonable prices on board the iconic red and blue sea vessels.
  • Audio boat tour
  • Snacks and beverages
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers must bring their own headphones
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Meeting point

Meet at the Red and White Fleet Box Office, located at Pier 43 1/2 in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf at Taylor Street and Embarcadero, right behind the iconic Crab sign.

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What to bring

  • Camera

Not allowed

  • Smoking
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1033 reviews

Review summary

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This cruise was the perfect option for us as we did not have a lot of time, did not want to do the Alcatraz tour and did not have enough time to cross the golden gate by car. The cruise took us to the golden gate and around Alcatraz plus allowed us amazing views of the shoreline and city. Highly recommend

June 13, 2021

We had a great time. Cruise was on time , husband had a hard time finding parking as SF pears was fool of visitors, staff was nice enough to allow us on the next scheduled departure . Staff was nice . Only one complaint, it sure felt like the cruise was over filled . Not sure what the guidelines are during Covid times I am sure they were aware, and it might just have been my nerves in being out for the first time in such a large crowd. Other that , we will recommend this fun experience to other .

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June 1, 2021

My family and I loved it glad I got tickets ahead of time. Based on previous reviews we arrived about 30 mins early to get in line and a good seat, we were first in line we wanted to get a seat at the top. Make sure to check the weather ahead of time, we made sure to take extra jackets and blankets for the kids. It was 60 degrees but felt like 40 and because we took extra sweaters my family and I were very comfortable. I highly recommend.

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May 31, 2021

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