Angel Island State Park, San Francisco
Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
The second largest island in San Francisco Bay, Angel Island State Park was once an immigration point and a quarantine island. Take a public ferry or private boats from the city to the island, where you can capture photos of the city across the bay. Along with biking and hiking trails, the park is home to the Angel Island Immigration Station, which operated from 1910 to 1940. The military used the island in the 19th century, when the entire island was known as Fort McDowell, the East Garrison. Arrange your visit to Angel Island State Park and discover more family-friendly attractions in San Francisco using our San Francisco itinerary builder.
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Don't go if you don't enjoy the natural environment. Some of my friends who go on holidays to see the glitz and neon lights etc did NOT like Angel Island. We LOVED the place. It is about a 40 minute? ... read more »
We went here first for approximately 2 hours before going onto Alcatraz. We went on a 45 minute guided drive around the Island on a cart vehicle. We drove past several buildings and houses. Even spott... read more »
Our group decided on a day trip to Angel Island since it was a beautiful day and Fleet Week in San Francisco. Not familiar with the terrain, the first issue was whether to take our 9 month old in a st... read more »
Most paths are paved. Easy to adjust how much you want to walk or bike. There is some overpriced food at the docks. Best to bring your own snacks and water.
Great place to go camping with the kids. Loved the back of the island and the historic buildings were really interesting to learn about. Lots of hikes and the view of the bay at night is super if you get a clear night. Bring a jacket for the wind and lots of sunblock, along with sturdy shoes.
This is the second time we've made the day trip to Angel island. There are lots of easy hiking trails, incredible views from every spot on the island, and plenty of drinking fountains along the way. It is one of the best hidden secrets for those who want a quick escape from the city, but still want to experience the San Francisco Bay. There is food available to purchase at the restaurants near the ferry landing, but we chose to pack a meal and eat on the hill with a view of the golden gate bridge.
This is by far one of the most worthwhile Bay Area hikes I've been on so far. If there's any hike I'd take a visitor on, it would probably be this one. The more difficult part is at the beginning when you climb the stairs, after that it's an easy hike as it's very flat, and there are gorgeous views starting from halfway up. It took us a bit over an hour to get to the top, though we spent a lot of our time taking photos. The trails were well paved and we didn't need to rely too much on Google Maps - the signs were pretty clear. You can explore the island in under 4 hours - so taking the 12 or 1pm ferry from Fischerman's Wharf is fine. The island is actually quite large, so there is quite a lot to explore if you want to do a day trip as well.
A fun and quick weekend trip from SF. The island is about an hour boat ride from the Ferry Building. Our group camped for 1 night and explored the entire island (about a 5 mile loop). Sad to hear about the history of the island when it was used as an immigration station. If you must stay connected, you do still get cell phone service on the island.
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