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Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture: Our most recommended tours and activities

San Francisco: California Sunset/Twilight Boat Cruise

1. San Francisco: California Sunset/Twilight Boat Cruise

Enjoy sunset views as you sail on beautiful San Francisco Bay. See important landmarks, including Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. In the winter months, take in the serene twilight views instead. Along the way, view numerous National Historic landmarks and San Francisco sights, including Coit Tower, the Transamerica Pyramid, St. Peter, Paul's Church, and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. As the sun begins to set over the Marin Headlands, cruise past Alcatraz, Angel Island, and the shorelines of Tiburon, Belvedere, and Sausalito. Watch the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean, as you sail west towards the Golden Gate. On your way back to Fisherman’s Wharf, see many more famous sights, including the Presidio, the Marina District, and Fort Mason.

Golden Gate Bridge: 3-Hour Sausalito Cycle Tour

2. Golden Gate Bridge: 3-Hour Sausalito Cycle Tour

Enjoy this 3-hour guided tour that departs from Fisherman’s Wharf. You’ll be outfitted with a current model bike, front handlebar bag, lock, helmet, rear gear rack, and takeaway map, and then be ready to head out on tour! With your guide you’ll follow the San Francisco waterfront past Aquatic Park, Fort Mason, the Marina, and the Presidio, through Crissy Field and to Fort Point. You’ll cross the Golden Gate Bridge on a wide bike path, and then proceed to Vista Point and on to Old Fort Baker. The cycling tour comes to an end in Sausalito where you’ll have time to enjoy the shops, the many art galleries, and the delicious food. You can return to San Francisco right after the tour ends, with the ferry, at your own cost, or choose to bike back. Alternatively, you can keep the bike until the shop’s closing hours and enjoy additional time exploring this fascinating area on your own. Note that the tour follows bike paths and the riding is mostly on flat terrain.

San Francisco: Golden Gate Bike Tour and Alcatraz Ticket

3. San Francisco: Golden Gate Bike Tour and Alcatraz Ticket

Explore San Francisco by bike and visit Alcatraz with this ticket for two tours over the course of two days. Take the ferry to Alcatraz Prison and uncover the prison's secrets on an audio tour. Enjoy a cycling tour to locations like Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge. Cross San Francisco Bay on a journey to the notorious Alcatraz Prison by ferry. This world-famous prison served as a federal penitentiary from 1934 to 1963 and housed infamous criminals like Al Capone and Robert Stroud, the Birdman. Take the award-winning 45-minute Cellhouse audio tour and hear the tales of those who lived in Alcatraz. This tour brings history alive through the recounting of tales from correctional officers and prisoners. Your bike tour will take place the next day at 10:00 AM. Set off from Fisherman’s Wharf and enjoy a leisurely cycle for around 3 hours. You’ll be fitted out with a current model bike, front handlebar bag, lock, helmet, rear gear rack, and takeaway map – and then you’ll be ready to head out on tour! Follow the San Francisco waterfront with your guide, past Aquatic Park, Fort Mason, the Marina, and the Presidio, through Crissy Field and to Fort Point. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge on a wide bike path, and then proceed to Vista Point and on to Old Fort Baker. The cycling tour comes to an end in Sausalito where you’ll have time to enjoy the shops, the many art galleries, and the delicious food. You can return to San Francisco right after the tour ends, or you may keep the bike until closing hours and enjoy additional time exploring this fascinating area on your own. Important Note: All bike tours take place 1 day after to your selected Alcatraz departure. The date and time selected on your confirmation is for your day 1 Alcatraz Tour. Mornings Alcatraz departure times are allotted, and so will be confirmed to customers approximately 4 days before departure.

San Francisco: Exclusive Bike, Beer, and Boat Tour

4. San Francisco: Exclusive Bike, Beer, and Boat Tour

Experience the best of the San Francisco bay with this combination tour package. This half-day adventure begins with a guided bicycle tour through San Francisco, beginning at the picturesque Aquatic Park in Fisherman’s Wharf. Take a peek at the famous sea lions before heading down the National Park bike path through Fort Mason, the Marina, and the Presidio. From there, you’ll cycle across the iconic Golden Gate bridge and into Sausalito, a charming bayside town known for its quirky architecture and stunning waterfront views. After all the biking, you'll sate your appetite with the included $20 restaurant voucher, good for any food or beverages at a local hotspot known for their spit-roasted chickens and award-winning burgers. Wet your whistle with a house-made soda or your choice of local beers and wines. The guided portion of the tour ends here, but your all-day bike rental allows you to keep exploring at your leisure. Once you’re done criss-crossing through Sausalito, hop back on a scenic ferry ride to San Francisco, taking in the views of Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the San Francisco skyline. With recommendations from your guide, continue your venture through San Francisco, and return your bike when you’re ready.

San Francisco: Marina Waterfront Surrey Bike Rental

5. San Francisco: Marina Waterfront Surrey Bike Rental

Discover the most iconic sights on the San Francisco waterfront as you travel along a specially-designed route on a 2 or 4-seater surrey. Start at Fort Mason on the Marina Green and ride west into the Presidio. Riding through the Marina District, pass by the Fort Mason Center, Marina Yacht Harbor, and Palace of Fine Arts Theater. With panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay, enter the Presidio and ride through Crissy Field. Continuing on the path, explore Golden Gate National Recreation Area and see Crissy Field Beach, the Torpedo Wharf, Warming Hut gift shop and cafe, and the Civil War Era Fort Point. Then, turn your surrey around and begin the journey back with spectacular views of Alcatraz and San Francisco’s majestic skyline.

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What people are saying about Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 345 reviews

The sunset cruise was perfectly organised, comfortable & the views were wonderful. Facilities were clean & the staff very friendly & efficent. There were heated indoor areas with excellent views and a bar. Top marks for a beautiful sunset activity !

Adam was an excellent guide. He is very knowledgeable and courteous. He swiftly came to my rescue when I had a bike mishap (my fault). He taught my son and me so much about San Francisco and its history. I can’t recommend him and this tour enough!

It was amazing, the views were spectacular. The waters were rough, that was a little disappointing. But I would do it again.

Our guide was great! We had to change course because of the weather at that time and she handled if very well.

It was simply stunning . Everything was as I expected it to be. We all thoroughly enjoyed the boat cruise