Water activity

San Francisco Bay: Adventure Boat Tour

San Francisco Bay: Adventure Boat Tour

From US$ 99 per person

Experience the San Francisco Bay at its best, by boat, and see more of the bay than many locals see in a lifetime. This family-friendly boat cruise will get you up close to the bay and its wildlife. Create memories that will last a lifetime.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 1.5 hours
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  • Venture under the amazing Golden Gate Bridge to take the best selfie of your vacation
  • Cruise by Alcatraz and get an up-close view of this legendary prison
  • Learn about the history of San Francisco with a narrated tour by your captain
  • See the areas where over 850 ships were abandoned during the Gold Rush
  • Experience some of the most notable and impressive points of interest from a unique perspective
Full description
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 to 12 guests which provides an intimate family-friendly experience, perfect for adults, seniors, youth, and children ages 5 and older. You will get an opportunity to get up close to the world famous Alcatraz prison, once-home to some of the most notable criminal masterminds. Learn about some incredible points of interest, such as Coit Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Presidio, the Ferry Building, Treasure Island, and other historic landmarks.
  • Boat tour of San Francisco Bay
  • Narration from an expert captain
  • Weather appropriate gear for the occasional splash
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided

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Meeting point

By the Sea Lions at Gate I, Pier 39, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94133. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to departure. Departure will go ahead on time and will not wait for late passengers. No refunds or rescheduling will be offered if you miss the boat. Please plan ahead and arrive early.

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Sunglasses
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • This tour is not recommended for people with back problems or for pregnant women
  • Children under 5 years old are not permitted on this tour
  • Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the departure time because we are obligated to our guests to leave on time and if you miss the departure time you will not receive a refund or be reassigned to another departure time
  • It is recommended to wear layers (nobody has ever complained under the Golden Gate Bridge that they are too hot)
  • There is a maximum number of people of 12
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 13 reviews

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Captain Charles was very knowledgeable of the bay. The boat was fun and exciting. We love to go fast and the photo opportunities were great. My son sat in the front and thought that was the best ever. We had read it went past Alcatraz and my son was slightly bummed about that, but over all we had an amazing time! Make sure you are there 30 minutes early! :)

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August 8, 2021

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.

September 21, 2021

Great skipper-funny and knowledgeable !

August 1, 2021

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