San Francisco Bay
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Our most recommended San Francisco Bay Outdoor Activities

  • San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruise by Luxury Catamaran

    1. San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruise by Luxury Catamaran

    Enjoy this relaxing 90-minute cruise on board a luxury catamaran and see sunset views of San Francisco as the sun dips below the San Francisco Bay. Sail by Alcatraz Island and under the Golden Gate Bridge, and search for sea lions playing in the ocean. Then, cruise along the shore, gazing on the city skyline as you watch the magnificent sunset.

    Relax onboard either a 55- or 65-foot catamaran. Both come complete with a protected viewing area, providing panoramic 360-degree viewing, in addition to canvas trampoline nets for the more adventurous who want to experience the ocean and sights in the bracing open air.

    the crew was very informative and prepared for our trip, even providing extra jackets if needed

  • San Francisco: Bay Sailing Tour with Drinks

    2. San Francisco: Bay Sailing Tour with Drinks

    Meet your captain and first mate at Pier 39, 15 minutes before your scheduled departure time. Check in and then make yourself comfortable on the Privateer, a lovely double-masted 28-person sailboat. Motor out of the dock, and once out on the bay, your crew will raise the sails. Sail past Alcatraz and Angel Island, get a great view of the Bay Bridge, take in the beautiful green landscape of Marin and the picturesque city of Sausalito, sail parallel to the Golden Gate for some great photo opportunities, and then return to views of the San Francisco waterfront before docking again at Pier 39.  While you are out on the water, your first mate will serve you two free beverages, your choice of beer, wine, soft drinks, or water! Friendly captains and first mates will be happy to answer any questions you might have during your tour, or you can feel free to just sit back, relax, and enjoy our in...

    If you want to experience sailing on the bay this is the way to do it. Very intimate, and close to the water, and not like standing on tugboat like some other tours. Friendly crew and having a couple beverages while viewing the Golden Gate Bridge from the water is unforgettable.

  • San Francisco Bay: Adventure Boat Tour

    3. San Francisco Bay: Adventure Boat Tour

    Travel along the San Francisco Bay in a small group on a boat tour. Travel faster and go farther out into the bay than most other boat tours. You will be as close as possible to the sights and wildlife, in a personal setting.  Depart from the world famous Pier 39. You will be outfitted with weather appropriate gear to keep you warm and dry from the occasional splash. Take in the historic waterfront from a new angle. Make a quick visit to the world famous Pier 39 sea lions, where you can see them eye to eye. There is no need for binoculars on this trip because you will see everything up close. Listen to the narration from your expert captain and learn something new about this historic area. See the waterfront in a way that is unlike any other experience on the bay. Take photos, make memories, and enjoy one of the finest ways to see it all up close. This small group boat tour is limited...

    This was a great trip! We got to see the bay and all the sites. Captain Charles was great telling us all the history of the area. I highly recommend this trip.

  • San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge Catamaran Cruise

    4. San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge Catamaran Cruise

    Experience the beauty of San Francisco Bay on a 1.5-hour catamaran cruise. Take in San Francisco's breathtaking skyline as you sail by Alcatraz Island and under the Golden Gate Bridge. Feel the ocean breezes in your hair, and keep a look out for sea lions in the bay! Admire your surroundings from a protected viewing area, or live on the edge and stand on the canvas trampoline nets with the waves beneath your feet. Pick up a helpful navigation guide providing information about San Francisco's landmarks as you sail past many of them. Make this experience complete by taking the helm from the captain and steer the catamaran yourself! This sail is the perfect activity for kids as well as kids at heart. The captain and crew are always there, happy to snap a photo or answer your questions about the sights of San Francisco. If all this excitement makes you hungry or thirsty, you’ll find snac...

    This was beyond amazing and worth the price of admission. Going under the Golden Gate Bridge and just passed it was awesome!

  • San Francisco Electric Bike Rental for 24 Hours

    5. San Francisco Electric Bike Rental for 24 Hours

    See San Francisco in an ecologically conscious way, while comfortably negotiating the city’s famous hills by electric bike. With your 24-hour rental bike you can cruise along the waterfront of San Francisco Bay, free of all the car traffic on the streets and the foot traffic on the sidewalks, and follow along the city’s exclusive bicycle paths. Bay City Bike has a brand new fleet of bikes that provide a healthy option for experiencing San Francisco. Take the less-traveled routes through this spectacular city, on a self-guided tour. Feel the e-Moto battery kick in as you pedal, propelling you towards your destination! The electric bikes have a range of 16-20 miles on a full charge and feature a full-comfort seat, and hand shifters and brakes. Bike through Golden Gate Park and along the coast, through the Headlands, into Muir Woods, or to Mt. Tam. Take an exciting ride across the Golde...

    Allows you to go further and faster. However, it will not propel you up a steep hill. It’s an assist not a replacement for your own effort.

  • Muir Woods: Redwood Forest with Ferry Morning Tour

    6. Muir Woods: Redwood Forest with Ferry Morning Tour

    This half-day tour begins with a pick-up from either, Hilton Union Square or Hotel Zephyr in Fisherman's Wharf. You’ll travel across the Golden Gate Bridge to the Muir Woods, where you will have up to 1.5 hours to explore the Muir Woods National Monument. Enjoy the tranquility of the forest and admire the world’s tallest redwoods. Afterwards, you’ll continue on to Sausalito where you’ll have time for lunch and to browse the boutiques and art galleries of this upscale seaside town. Stay in Sausalito as long as you like and then take a 25-minute ferry ride (fare included) from Sausalito back to San Francisco. Enjoy stunning views of the city from the ferry on San Francisco Bay. You’ll make your way back to your hotel when you arrive back in San Francisco.

    This was a great tour from beginning to end! The driver was great and maneuvered the bus through the winding roads of Muir Woods with ease! The tour was organized and very COVID friendly. Beautiful sites and smells of California.

  • From San Francisco: Alcatraz And Yosemite 2-Day Combo Tour

    7. From San Francisco: Alcatraz And Yosemite 2-Day Combo Tour

    Discover the notorious former federal prison of Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay and enjoy the award winning audio tour. Then, spend the next day in the glorious surroundings of Yosemite Park. First, enjoy a narrated boat tour around Alcatraz Island before docking. Then, take the guided “Doing Time: The Alcatraz Cellhouse Tour” from the dock to the main prison building.  The next day, escape the crowds of the city center, and drive to Yosemite National Park. Head east across the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and enjoy great views of the San Francisco skyline, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman's Wharf, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Drive through Central Valley, stopping at a fruit stand to try some local produce. Pass fruit orchards and nut farms, before entering the rolling foothills of the Sierra Nevadas. Continue into the mountains to California’s gold rush town of Groveland. Once inside Yo...

    Stirling was an excellent guide, he knows so much about Yosemite, we had a great day, very informative. Night tour at Alcatraz was great!

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What people are saying about San Francisco Bay

This was a great tour from beginning to end! The driver was great and maneuvered the bus through the winding roads of Muir Woods with ease! The tour was organized and very COVID friendly. Beautiful sites and smells of California.

This cruise was great! The crew made this trip absolutely amazing. They even offered to take pictures for everyone in front of the golden gate bridge and we got to see a beautiful sunset. 10/10 would recommend

This was a great trip! We got to see the bay and all the sites. Captain Charles was great telling us all the history of the area. I highly recommend this trip.

So fun! Beautiful views. Awesome boat and crew. Definitely bring warm clothes. Thanks for having extra jackets!

the crew was very informative and prepared for our trip, even providing extra jackets if needed