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Golden Gate Bay Cruise Sail

Child (4-11)

Book now, and skip the line at the box office on this 1 hour cruise on the Bay!

The Original San Francisco Bay Cruise sail underneath the Golden Gate Bridge!

Launched in 1939 as part of the Golden Gate International Exposition, our Golden Gate Bay Cruise has been a highlight of any visit to San Francisco for nearly 80 years. Cruise along San Francisco’s breathtaking waterfront, under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, and loop closely around notorious Alcatraz Island. On our Golden Gate Bay Cruise you’ll discover the city’s colorful history and world famous landmarks with personal headphone audio in 16 languages. During the Golden Gate Bay Cruise, 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 alonside 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 view 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.

After a full-hour of exciting sights on Red and White Fleet’s Golden Gate Bay Cruise, the barking sea lions over at nearby Pier 39 will welcome you back as you approach Pier 43½. Here, you can visit two National Historic Landmarks, the WWII submarine USS Pampanito and merchant marine vessel SS Jeremiah O’Brien.

Head-set audio narration is available in 16 Languages.
Bay Cruise voucher is an open-ticket, and can be redeemed anytime within a 3 month span. (Cruise schedule below)

1 Hour Golden Gate Bay Cruise ticket
Audio Headset available in 16 languages for an in-depth history and commentary of San Francisco
Local taxes

Gratuities; recommended
Food/beverages; Full bar with drinks and snacks (at reasonable prices).
Pick up service is not available

Days Operated:
  • Thursdays through Sundays
  • 1 Hour
Tour Departure Times:


Tour Price:
  • Adult – $34.00
  • Child (4-11) – $25.00
Operated by:

Red and White Fleet

Cruises depart from Pier 43 1/2 at Embarcadero (Between Taylor Street and Mason Streets) in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf; Boarding starts 30 minutes prior to scheduled boat departure.
For most up-to-date schedule, please see Cruise Schedule Here

For additional questions about this attraction, please call Tower Tours at 1-415-345-8687 OR 1-866-345-8687