Angel Island State Park
Angel Island State Park
4.5
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
The largest island in San Francisco Bay features magnificent views of Marin County and San Francisco, while offering a wide variety of recreation for outdoor enthusiasts.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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The area
Neighborhood: Fisherman’s Wharf
Packed with family-friendly entertainment, quality hotels, and good food, there's something for everyone at Fisherman's Wharf. From street performers and historic cable cars to art galleries and museums, a postcard-worthy photo is available on every corner. Bring your appetite: seafood lovers will be rewarded with Dungeness crab and sourdough bread bowls, while Ghirardelli Square will satiate anyone's sweet tooth after a day at Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Don't forget to say hello to the adorable sea lions that make this neighborhood a true San Francisco treat.
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  • luv4phood
    Marietta, Georgia841 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular views in every direction
    A great spot to spend the day in the San Francisco area. Just a quick ferry ride from the busy bay area is a lovely refuge with hiking and biking trails. There are also historic sites to take in along the trails. Make sure you pack a picnic and enjoy your lunch with a fantastic view of San Francisco, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. It is a good idea to make a ferry reservation a few days in advance.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 24, 2023
  • mamabear1972
    Stockton, California25 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great excursion for the family!
    I have been here a few times in the past and it is very different now. First, the cantina is closed so make sure you bring food or eat before you go. Second, you have to buy tickets outside the Ferry building and the prices are different than the website. It’s a short 30 minutes to get to the island. The tours and trams are not set up to coincide with the ferry times. We got there at 1145 and the first tram tory was 1:45. My kids and myself could walk to immigration station but my mom couldn’t do the steep hills and 1.3 mile walk. I bought her a single tram ticket but it wasn’t until 1 pm and they only run the single ticket tram a few times a day. She got stuck at the immigration station as we were able to walk down. I had to ask a park ranger to get her as she could never walk back. I do not recommend this hike to people with physical disabilities or the elderly unless they are in good, physical shape or pay for the tram tour around the entire park, which had a few set times.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 19, 2023
  • CRLF
    Weymouth, Massachusetts27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and sobering
    This is a beautiful place with amazing views. It's also a sobering place in our country's immigration history. I appreciated the chance to experience both sides of Angel Island. The ferry trip from Tiburon was only 15 minutes and provided a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge in the fog. It is about a 30 minute walk / climb (1.3 miles one way) from the dock to the area with the Barracks Museum and the Immigration Station Museum. Immigrants were held in the barracks for weeks or months in crowded rooms, where they carved emotional poems in Chinese into the walls. The exhibits provide a lot of information about discrimination against Asian immigrants. The building has only been preserved versus restored, so it felt authentic and you can really imagine the conditions faced by the immigrants. If coming from Tiburon, note that you'll have to park in one of the public lots in town for at least $5 and allow extra time to walk to the dock. We took the 11:00 ferry there and the 1:20 ferry back, which wasn't enough time to see both museums. I'd recommend taking the 10:00 instead.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 23, 2023
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Chelsea
Minnesota556 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
This was a lovely day! The weather was nice and the sun sneaked out. I highly recommend you take the first available ferry and the first available tram tour once you get to the island. We booked an 1145 tram tour and were able to get on the newly released 1030 tour. The tram tour was great because it is quite the elevation change. When you face forward on the tram you want to be on the right side for the best views. If it changes for hop on hop off capability / I would recommend getting off at camp Reynolds and the Immigration barracks. If there is not hop on hop off- stay on the tram until the end, you get some interesting commentary on the last leg. The incline is sizable, the commentary was defiantly worth the tour!! There is food and drinks, beer, wine and cider available for purchase.
Written July 1, 2021
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mamabear1972
Stockton, CA25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
I have been here a few times in the past and it is very different now. First, the cantina is closed so make sure you bring food or eat before you go. Second, you have to buy tickets outside the Ferry building and the prices are different than the website. It’s a short 30 minutes to get to the island. The tours and trams are not set up to coincide with the ferry times. We got there at 1145 and the first tram tory was 1:45. My kids and myself could walk to immigration station but my mom couldn’t do the steep hills and 1.3 mile walk. I bought her a single tram ticket but it wasn’t until 1 pm and they only run the single ticket tram a few times a day. She got stuck at the immigration station as we were able to walk down. I had to ask a park ranger to get her as she could never walk back. I do not recommend this hike to people with physical disabilities or the elderly unless they are in good, physical shape or pay for the tram tour around the entire park, which had a few set times.
Written August 19, 2023
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Sarah5677
Kuching, Malaysia77 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Went there on a Ferry, during winter but the park was still open, without the cafes etc. It has a long history pertaining to immigrants from China who were quarantined here to build the railroads of America. Come over when the weather is warmer and stay for camping etc.
Written January 27, 2020
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Christophe H
Ocean Springs, MS65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
It’s about a 6 or 7 miles walk around the island. Costs about $15 a person round trip on the ferry from Tiburon. I think $1-1.5 for a bicycle. You can rent bikes there but it’s pricey. Bring your own. I’ll do that next time. There are so many deer on the island and super panoramic views of the bay
Written February 12, 2020
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Andy F
Sunnyvale, CA78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
This is a fantastic place to visit if you want hiking or beach combing away from the crowds, including a fun ferry ride.

We walked the Perimeter Loop. Although they recommend 2.5 hours to hike it (5.9 miles with some ups and downs), we took 3.5 hours because we took detours to two beaches (Perles Beach and Quarry Beach), as well as a walking tour inside the abandoned Fort McDowell, and a side trip to see the Immigration Station (also a beach called China Cove).

The main harbor (Ayala Cove) has park rangers and a snack bar. It also had a child-friendly beach with picnic tables. There are water spigots throughout the trail. But you're better off bringing your own drinking water. The island is wooded, but much of the trail is not in the shade.

If you're looking for a rigorous hike, you can hike up to the top of the hill in the center of the island (Mt Livermore). It's 700' high.
Written July 12, 2020
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CRLF
Weymouth, MA27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
This is a beautiful place with amazing views. It's also a sobering place in our country's immigration history. I appreciated the chance to experience both sides of Angel Island. The ferry trip from Tiburon was only 15 minutes and provided a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge in the fog. It is about a 30 minute walk / climb (1.3 miles one way) from the dock to the area with the Barracks Museum and the Immigration Station Museum. Immigrants were held in the barracks for weeks or months in crowded rooms, where they carved emotional poems in Chinese into the walls. The exhibits provide a lot of information about discrimination against Asian immigrants. The building has only been preserved versus restored, so it felt authentic and you can really imagine the conditions faced by the immigrants. If coming from Tiburon, note that you'll have to park in one of the public lots in town for at least $5 and allow extra time to walk to the dock. We took the 11:00 ferry there and the 1:20 ferry back, which wasn't enough time to see both museums. I'd recommend taking the 10:00 instead.
Written September 23, 2023
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Lengtan67
Kuala Lumpur1,177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Took the Golden Gate Ferry from Port of San Francisco, Gate B and it cost USD 28 for both ways to Angel Island.

The ferry journey was windy and comfortable, and was approximately 30 minutes to get to the island.

Upon arrival , I went straight to the left of the pier and took the North Ridge Trail to hie to the top for stunning SFO skyline, and came down using the other trail.

Also took the tram tour (USD 17) to the Immigration Station, a pretty insightful tour giving more information on its history that lasted about 90 minutes or so. Ticket purchased from a cafe.

There were only 2 places for food when I was there, 1 was closed and another was only serving hotdogs or chili dogs with snacks like chocolate bars and chips plus drinks.

Better to bring you own if you want real food.
Written March 11, 2022
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Susan F
86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
What a beautiful place to enjoy nature and reflect on the immigration policy of the United States. It's almost too pretty to imagine the experience of thousands of Chinese immigrants to the United States as they awaited permission to enter the United States or deportation. Two wooden buildings stand testimony to the hurdles, hopes, and frustration of Asian immigrants entering the United States for a better life. A sobering tribute to United States immigration policy.. Be sure and note the 'Immigrant Heritage Wall" where names of those who passed through Angel Island are honored by their families.
Angel Island is so beautiful, it's hard to imagine the heartbreak and tribulation that poetry written on the walls of the Immigration Station depict.
Be sure and walk around the island and note the World War II history as thousands of American troops were launched to the Pacific during World War II. The buildings are the result of prisoner of war labor and left to return to nature.
Definitely worth a trip to see what happened, definitely worth a trip to hike the beautiful island, spectacular views of the Bay and SF bridges, themselves miraculous human engineering feats.
Bring your lunch as there are limited food options on the island and the ferry. The ferry from Pier 39 is relaxing and stops in Sausalito or Tiburon. It can be chilly so dress accordingly.
If you like history, nature, and a Bay Area experience on the water and land, consider this adventure! Leave yourself plenty of time to explore, hike, and see the Immigration Center.
Written January 8, 2020
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Dmbdaze
Brooklyn, CT44 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
I did the combo tour of Alcatraz and Ellis Island and had a known the tram tour was going to take up all my time on the island, I would have done things differently. The only thing I wanted to visit while I was there was the immigration station and when the tram pulled in there, we literally got to stay for five minutes. The museum at the immigration station is a separate entrance fee and they run shuttles from the dock that goes straight there. If I had to do it over again, I would’ve taken a shuttle, enjoyed the museum, and gone back in time for my ferry and skip the tram ride all together. If you want to know more about the history of the entire island and some of its military past, then the tram ride would be the best choice for you. If you want to go to the island and explore on your own, there are bicycle rentals available on the island as well, but it is very hilly so you would need to be physically fit to do that.
Written July 15, 2024
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creativecrew
Allentown, PA2,406 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
We rushed to catch the ferry and were very excited to go on the Immigration Center guided tour. No one at the ferry ticket counter or on the boat or on the Park website said anything about the state park being closed. Only when the full ferry of people disembarked did the Park Ranger announce that the Immigration center was closed for a holiday (December 27, really!!??) Everyone was upset! We had all traveled there to see the tour/facility.
Yes, you could walk around the campus and stand outside of closed buildings and get a sense of how this center was more like a prison than a welcoming port. But much of the context is missed without the guided tour. We would have loved to learn more.

Great hiking on the island if you are interested in that. Hope you visit when the Immigration Center is open for visitors.
Written January 5, 2020
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