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Marin Headlands Tours

Marin Headlands
When outdoorsy San Franciscans need a nature fix, they head to the Marin Headlands, a wildlife haven on the coast known for its hiking trails, Pacific Ocean views, and historic sites. Part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the headlands sit just across the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County.
 
The Basics
The Marin Headlands make a great destination for a half-day trip or as part of a longer day trip to Muir Woods or Sonoma County. Go for a few hours to hike on the Tennessee Valley Trail, visit dog-friendly Rodeo Beach, or enjoy exceptional photo ops of the Golden Gate Bridge from the Golden Gate View Point on Conzelman Road. Bay cruises and helicopter tours give you the chance to admire the wild headlands from afar.
 
The southwest end of the headlands is home to the Point Bonita Lighthouse, Headlands Center for the Arts, and military attractions such as the Cold War–era Nike missile sites, gun batteries, Fort Barry, and Fort Cronkhite.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Marin Headlands are ideal for nature lovers and history buffs.
  • The visitor center is located at Fort Barry, on the way to Rodeo Beach.
  • Bring your own water and food; there are a few picnic sites, including at Battery Wallace.
  • Accessible restrooms can be found near Rodeo Beach and at the visitor center.
 
How to Get There
From San Francisco, drive north over the Golden Gate Bridge and take the Alexander Avenue exit off US 101 to reach the Marin Headlands. If you’re feeling active, you can bike there.
 
When to Get There
If you wake up to a sunny day, go early to avoid the traffic, especially on weekend mornings when locals take the bridge out of the city. Photo and wildlife enthusiasts will want to visit in the early morning or evening for the best light and prime chances to see wildlife.
 
Marine Mammal Center
Near Rodeo Beach and Fort Cronkhite, the Marine Mammal Center works to rescue, rehabilitate, and release marine mammals who have been injured, caught in nets, or a variety of other conditions. Educational programs and tours are open to the public.  
Address: San Francisco, San Francisco Bay, USA
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25 Tours and Activities to Experience Marin Headlands

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Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise

Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise

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Explore one of California's most iconic settings from the beauty of San Francisco Bay. This narrated Golden Gate Bay cruise journeys alongside Alcatraz and Angel Island State Park, past the shores of Sausalito and beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. You can choose to view the sights from inside your boat or out on deck.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$34.00
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San Francisco Vista Grande Helicopter Tour

San Francisco Vista Grande Helicopter Tour

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Fly in a helicopter over San Francisco's most famous landmarks on this scenic tour. Fly over the city's neighborhoods, then head for Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Continue towards Angel Island and the Marin Headlands while you enjoy choreographed musical accompaniment and informative commentary from your expert pilot. 
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$280.00
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$280.00
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The Ultimate Day in the Bay Including Muir Woods

The Ultimate Day in the Bay Including Muir Woods

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Enjoy an introduction to San Francisco on this excursion that includes a trip across San Francisco Bay to Muir Woods National Monument. You are driven around the city to see its diverse neighborhoods and geography, stopping several times for photo ops. At Muir Woods, admire the towering redwood trees, and visit the waterfront town of Sausalito for lunch (own expense).
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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San Francisco Golden Gate Seaplane Tour

San Francisco Golden Gate Seaplane Tour

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Admire San Francisco from the air on this seaplane adventure from Sausalito. Aboard a 6-passenger plane, you’ll fly over the bay, taking in views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Muir Woods and more. See downtown San Francisco and Fisherman’s Wharf, and soar past Angel Island. Everyone gets a window seat on this 30-minute flight, and transportation is available from Fisherman's Wharf.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$214.36
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San Francisco Fire Engine Tour

San Francisco Fire Engine Tour

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Take an open-air fire truck tour of San Francisco aboard a shiny red vintage fire engine. Be the talk of the town as you suit up in a firefighter jacket and hat for a fun ride with the whole family. Your professional driver narrates the tour from Fisherman's Wharf through the Presidio and across the city's world-famous Golden Gate Bridge to charming Sausalito. Fasten your seat belt for the drive of a lifetime on this small-group San Francisco fire engine tour, limited to 13 passengers.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$68.27
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$68.27
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Small Group Tour of San Francisco

Small Group Tour of San Francisco

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See San Francisco’s top attractions on a 3.5-hour tour by deluxe minivan. Led by a local guide, this small-group tour will take you through the famous neighborhoods of North Beach and Haight-Ashbury for a more personal sightseeing experience. You’ll also pass attractions like Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks and Fisherman’s Wharf, stopping to admire the views along the way.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$82.95
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Private San Francisco Tour with Muir Woods and Sausalito By SUV

Private San Francisco Tour with Muir Woods and Sausalito By SUV

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See more of the San Francisco Bay Area on a private full-day tour by SUV. Your knowledgeable driver-guide takes you to the places you want to see most, mixing natural wonders like Muir Woods with sightseeing at the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, and throughout San Francisco. By SUV you can take on crooked Lombard Street, the hill to Coit Tower, and the windy road to Sausalito. See the Painted ladies in Alamo Square, Chinatown, the shops of the Haight-Ashbury, Union Square, and more.
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  • 8 hours
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$795.00
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San Francisco Seaplane Flight and Alcatraz Tour

San Francisco Seaplane Flight and Alcatraz Tour

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See Alcatraz from above and explore the island prison on foot with this seaplane flight and Alcatraz combo tour. On a 30-minute aerial tour from Sausalito, you’ll see San Francisco landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and the Trans-America Pyramid. Then take the Alcatraz Island ferry across San Francisco Bay, where you’ll tour the cellblock via the included audio tour. Choose the time of your Alcatraz tour when booking, and take the seaplane tour in the morning of the same day.
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  • 2 hours
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$226.25
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Muir Woods Expedition Tour of Coastal Redwoods

Muir Woods Expedition Tour of Coastal Redwoods

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Experience the majesty of Northern California’s Coastal Redwood Sequoia trees at Muir Woods. This half-day tour takes visitors to some of the Bay Area’s most peaceful spots. Spend 1.5 hours beneath some of the tallest Redwood trees in the world, take a short hike, or just enjoy the views. Then stop for lunch in Sausalito and opt to take the scenic ferry ride back to the city, or be driven across the Golden Gate Bridge. Ideal for visitors looking to get out of the city and spend some relaxing time in the forest.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
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Private Tour to Muir Woods and Sausalito

Private Tour to Muir Woods and Sausalito

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Visit Muir Woods and Sausalito on a half-day private tour from San Francisco. Travel by SUV with your own driver-guide to experience Northern California's coastal redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument, where the tallest tree measures 258 feet (79 meters), and the grove averages from 500-800 years in age. You also have free time in Sausalito for dining, shopping, wine tasting, or sightseeing in the picturesque waterside town.
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  • 4 hours
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$450.00
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Private Romantic Sunset Champagne Seaplane Tour over San Francisco

Private Romantic Sunset Champagne Seaplane Tour over San Francisco

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On this San Francisco seaplane tour for two, admire unbeatable views of the City by the Bay at sunset. This brag-worthy experience is perfect for a special occasion or celebration with your loved one, as you sip a glass of California champagne while flying over the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Alcatraz. After soaking up the twilight atmosphere, your flight ends in Sausalito, where you can spend the rest of the night at your leisure, perhaps at a waterfront restaurant.
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$621.34
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San Francisco City Tour

San Francisco City Tour

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Explore San Francisco’s top sights and get an overview from your guide. Travel in a climate-controlled vehicle through the city, stopping for photo ops and to explore select locations. See Chinatown, the Castro, Fisherman’s Wharf, and other city sights. Then head towards the Golden Gate Bridge to the Marin Headlands, where your tour ends. Perfect for first-time visitors, short on time, who don’t want to miss the main sights.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.00
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The Best Day in the Bay + Muir Woods (1st Day); Official Alcatraz Tour (2nd Day)

The Best Day in the Bay + Muir Woods (1st Day); Official Alcatraz Tour (2nd Day)

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From the ocean to the towering redwood trees, Alcatraz Island to Sausalito, this San Francisco combo tour covers the best of the Bay Area with just one booking. Your 2-day excursion includes touring San Francisco, visiting a waterfront town, and marveling at the coastal forest. Spend your second day at Alcatraz—the infamous prison island—where you can tour the penitentiary and take in the scenery on a cruise from Pier 33.
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  • 2 days
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$175.00
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San Francisco 1-Hour Seaplane Tour with Shuttle Transport

San Francisco 1-Hour Seaplane Tour with Shuttle Transport

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On this San Francisco seaplane tour, treat yourself to aerial views of the Bay Area’s top sights, both natural and man-made. Take off from Sausalito, soaring over the California shoreline up to Tomales Bay and Point Reyes. Then fly over the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Crissey Field and more before landing on the water. Transportation from Fisherman's Wharf is available for easy access to Sausalito.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$336.00
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San Francisco Sunset Champagne Seaplane Tour

San Francisco Sunset Champagne Seaplane Tour

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See the San Francisco Bay Area from the air on a 40-minute seaplane flight from Sausalito. Enjoy views of iconic landmarks in the soft afternoon light as you soar over the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman’s Wharf, Coit Tower, Angel Island and Tiburon. See the Transamerica building and downtown skyline, and the tall silhouette of Twin Peaks as your pilot shares informative commentary about the sights. Your flight includes a glass of champagne, and you’ll return to Sausalito in time to head out for dinner.
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$277.27
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Private Photo shoot with Local Professional Photographer in San Francisco

Private Photo shoot with Local Professional Photographer in San Francisco

Capture beautiful photographs in the most iconic spots with a local photographer. Choose from our favorite San Francisco routes, including Crissy Field Park; Golden Gate Bridge; The Presidio; Palace of Fine Arts: Marin Headlands or your own custom route. Our Team will help you plan all the fun details of your vacation photoshoot. You will be contacted by doc Miles within 24 hours after booking to confirm your reservation and arrange your meeting time and location. You will receive your high-resolution digital vacation photographs within three days of your shoot. Stop At: • Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands (Hawk Hill, Battery Spencer, Fort Baker), Marshall’s Beach Overlook, Fort Point and Palace of Fine Arts
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$350.00
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Golden Gate Bridge Bike Tour

Golden Gate Bridge Bike Tour

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Explore San Francisco - the City by the Bay with its rolling hills and never ending water views- with Unlimited Biking on a beautiful bike ride along the city's stunning waterfront, across the Golden Gate Bridge, towards the quaint coastal community of Sausalito. Tours depart daily at 10am from Unlimited Biking's storefront on 887 Beach Street, at the foot of Ghirardelli Square and last for three hours. To ensure a personalized guest experience, each tour will be held in a small-group format of no more than 15 guests. After departing from Ghirardelli Square at the western end of Fisherman's wharf, guests will bike through the green hillside of Fort Mason, the Marina District, through Crissy Fields, up to and across the Golden Gate Bridge, and then down the Marin Headlands into Sausalito. There, guests can either stay to explore Sausalito on their own, or take the ferry back to San Francisco. Guests on this small-group bike tour will be fitted with high quality Cannondale bikes.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$55.00
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Day Motorcycle Tour | Ride The Golden Gate & Beyond

Day Motorcycle Tour | Ride The Golden Gate & Beyond

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This day ride is a local favorite! We recommend it to all first time visitors. Together we cross over our beloved Golden Gate bridge, visit WWII bunkers, and hit the less traveled back roads for an epic day adventure. We take care of everything for you! HIGHLIGHTS * Ride with the owners, Jen & Saf (leading tours since 2013) * See the Golden Gate bridge like never before * Ride the famous coastal Highway 1 and enjoy stunning views * Fun twisty mountain roads under giant Redwood trees * Stop at an authentic California Western Saloon in a picturesque town * Ride with, and meet local Californian riders at biker stops RIDE INFO (please read!) * Moto license required / at least 2 yrs riding experience * Duration : 6-7 hours * Mileage: 80-120 miles * Terrain: 100% asphalt * Start & Finish: San Francisco * Motorcycle Rental & Gear: You have the choice or bringing your own motorbike or renting with us (price varies). Please let us know in the reservation notes or go to our website.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$280.00
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5 Hour Sightseeing Tour: San Francisco and Sausalito

5 Hour Sightseeing Tour: San Francisco and Sausalito

San Francisco offers a world of attractions not seen in many American cities—truly iconic architecture, abundant urban nature, and walkable neighborhoods. It can be tough to see it all during one trip, let alone one day. This tour, which offers a customizable itinerary and private driver, makes it a little bit easier. Plus, your driver can take you across the Golden Gate Bridge as far as bayside Sausalito.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$400.00
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San Francisco Sunrise Experience

San Francisco Sunrise Experience

There is no better place to see the dazzling Golden Gate Bridge bathed in the soft rays of the early morning sun.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$150.00
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Bike Rental Near the Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco

Bike Rental Near the Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco

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Experience one of San Francisco’s most popular activities—biking across the Golden Gate Bridge—with this bike rental from the Marina District, conveniently located near Crissy Field and the route to the bridge. A bike, map, helmet and lock are provided with this rental, plus you’ll receive tips on the best ways to bike to the bridge and around the city. On the other side of the bridge, you can explore the waterfront town of Sausalito before returning to the city. Rental period is 24 hours.
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  • 1 day
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$40.00
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Sonoma, Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander Valley Wine Tasting Tour

Sonoma, Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander Valley Wine Tasting Tour

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Experience Northern California’s distinctive wines on this all-day excursion from San Francisco. After a convenient pickup from select hotels, enjoy a quick wine tutorial from a passionate local guide. Then, savor complimentary tastings and tours at wineries stretching from the Sonoma Coast to the Russian River Valley, and feast on a delicious picnic lunch (also included) in scenic Healdsburg.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$199.36
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Bubbles & Views

Bubbles & Views

Bubbles and Views is an experienced built for the locals to enjoy a carefree drive to either Napa Valley or down the Pacific Coast Highway to Half Moon Bay. Along the way, we will offer bubbles (sparkling wine and beer) as we make stops for some amazing views of the City or our natural environment. The most exciting part about riding in our 70's VW hippie buses, is the carefree enjoyment of family and loved ones with timeless tunes as we drive to amazing wineries and or breweries.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$649.00
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Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset Cruise

Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset Cruise

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Bypass the line and head directly to the gate with your prebooked tickets. This sunset cruise takes you across San Francisco Bay with outstanding views of the city skyline, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and Sausalito. Enjoy a light appetizer buffet while you sip an included glass of wine, beer or soda from the full bar. Relax as you listen to the captain’s live commentary while background music sets the tone. Watch the sunset or select a twilight cruise during winter months.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
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What's the best way to experience Marin Headlands?