San Francisco Golden Gate Bay Cruise


Enjoy a boat tour around the Golden Gate Bay to take in views of iconic Golden Gate Bay Cruise. This popular 1-hour cruise departs up to 14 times daily from Fisherman’s Wharf, sailing along the beautiful waterfront, underneath the impressive Golden Gate Bridge, and past notorious Alcatraz Island prison. Listen to informative audio commentary broadcast in multiple languages about San Francisco’s rich history. Look out for wildlife like pelicans, sea lions, dolphins, and whales. Onboard you can purchase food and drinks from the bar while appreciating the breathtaking views. First launched in 1939, this cruise has been a highlight for San Francisco visitors for over 75 years.


Cruise along San Francisco’s stunning waterfront, passing under the impressive Golden Gate Bridge and circling the infamous Alcatraz Island prison. Learn about San Francisco’s rich history through an acclaimed audio commentary offered in 16 different languages.
  • 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


  • Boat tour of Golden Gate Bay
  • Multi-lingual audio guide
  • Use of onboard bar (purchases at own expense)
  • Snacks and beverages

Tour Plan

What to expect

As the cruise concludes after an hour of taking in views around the bay, steam back past the Marin Headlands wildlife preserves and the town of Sausalito, which was once inhabited by hippies in the 1960s. With Angel Island State Park on your left, circle notorious Alcatraz Island one last time. Finally, dock at Pier 43 1/2, greeted by the loud barks of playful sea lions at the nearby Pier 39.

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 the corner of Taylor Street and Embarcadero. The office is located right behind the iconic Crab sign. It is highly recommended that you plan ahead and account for possible traffic and/or parking delays.

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Additional information

What to bring

  • Camera

Not allowed

  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • This ticket allows you to proceed directly to the boarding line
  • This ticket is only valid for the tour date and time booked
cancellation policy

Free cancellation

  • Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund


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