North Beach, San Francisco
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San Francisco: Golden Gate Bay Cruise

1. San Francisco: Golden Gate Bay Cruise

Cruise around the Golden Gate Bay on a boat tour. Enjoy informative commentary, see sights like Alcatraz Island, and purchase food and drink from the onboard bar. 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 Fisherman's Wharf, 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.

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San Francisco: Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tour and Bay Cruise

2. San Francisco: Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tour and Bay Cruise

A visit to San Francisco just wouldn't be complete without a ride aboard an original open top double-decker bus. This hop-on hop-off tour shows you all of the highlights of the city, including Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square, City Hall, China Town, the Embarcadero, North Beach, Lombard Street, Pier 39, and much more. Explore the highlights of San Francisco at your own pace and simply hop on the next bus when you are ready to go to the next location. Enjoy this entirely live narrated 2.5-hour tour of San Francisco's most famous sites. Your ticket is valid for 24 hours so you can hop-on and hop-off the bus at any of the designated stops during the tour to browse, shop, and take pictures. Buses arrive at each stop every 20-30 minutes. With your ticket, you can also enjoy the 60-minute boat cruise takes you past the famous Pier 39 sea lions and along San Francisco’s historic waterfront, revealing the city’s fascinating skyline. This comfortable Bay tour has both indoor and outdoor seating with full narration describing major landmarks as you sail by them and the most magnificent views of the Bay.

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What people are saying about North Beach, San Francisco

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 764 reviews

We were able to see the Golden Gate Bridge units full glory and up close. There was no need to stand in long lines just to get the glimpse of the bridge.

Relatively easy to get onto abs great on-ship food prices. Overall great experience for the price and an easy thing to add to your to-do list.

It’s was a great trip. We enjoyed every bit of that hour. We saw everything on the tour up close and in person. It’s was beautiful!

Nice experience to see the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island from up close.

Great cruise, perfect length, great info, stunning views in good weather.