Golden Gate Bay Cruise
Pier 43 1/2, San Francisco, CA 94133
San Francisco’s Original Bay Adventure! One-hour sail along the San Francisco skyline, under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz.
Launched in 1939 as part of the Golden Gate International Exposition, the Golden Gate Bay Cruise has been a highlight of any visit to San Francisco for nearly 85 years!
You will discover the city’s colorful history and world famous landmarks with personal headphone audio in 16 languages. You may also experience up-close wildlife encounters including seagulls, pelicans, and sea lions. At times, you may see even harbor porpoises and whales, so be alert!
Departing from the heart of historic Fisherman’s Wharf at Pier 43½, cruise alongside the San Francisco’s remarkable cityscape and view the lively neighborhood of North Beach, the famous swimming clubs of Aquatic Park, the historic vessels moored at Hyde Street Pier, the San Francisco Maritime National Park, and numerous other exciting sights along the way.
As you head west towards the Golden Gate Bridge, you’ll see Fort Mason and the Marina District, which was damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Next, take in views of Crissy Field and the lush hillsides of the Presidio – both former Army installations – that are now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Don’t miss incredible photo opportunities while cruising directly under the massive 4,200-foot long, 746-foot high span of the Golden Gate Bridge.
As you head back into the Bay, travel past the wildlife reserves of the Marin Headlands and the legendary town of Sausalito, which was once home to the late-1960’s Flower Generation. With Angel Island State Park to your left, you’ll slowly cruise around (and up-close to) the infamous Alcatraz Island. On your way back to Fisherman’s Wharf, you’ll see the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and Coit Tower in the distance.
How long is the cruise?
The Golden Gate Bay Cruise is 1 hour long.
Cruises Depart from Pier 43½, Fisherman’s Wharf. There are several daily departures from Pier 43½.
Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure. Boarding on first-come, first-serve basis.
Due to capacity restrictions, please come on on the date and time your tour has been booked for.
Food and drinks
Available on board is a full bar with drinks and snacks. Bar purchases can be made with credit or debit cards. Cash cannot be accepted at this time.