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For Romance, Sightseeing or Nature Watching at its Best, try a SF Bay Cruise


In a city surrounded on three sides by water, sightseeing is an activity that is not confined to just the city streets. San Francisco Bay cruises are one of the most popular activities for visitors, as they allow you to visit sights like the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz from close up and offer superb views of the city, the natural splendor of the bay area and the bay itself.

1. The Golden Gate Bridge Cruise

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The most popular of all the San Francisco Bay cruises, this short jaunt leaves from Fisherman's Wharf almost every hour during the summer season. The trip, which is narrated by a live guide, circles Alcatraz before heading off west to the Golden Gate Bridge itself, which it will pass under before turning around and heading home. The cruise is offered by the Red and White Fleet, located at pier 43 1/2, right in the heart of the wharf.
Red and White Fleet, (415) 673-2900 www.redandwhite.com
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2. Dinner Cruises on the San Francisco Bay

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These elegant dinner cruises include a four course dinner aboard a luxury yacht as well as live music and dancing afterwards to the backdrop of the sun setting on the open water. Hornblower Yachts, which is located right next to the historic Ferry Building Marketplace offers these cruises nightly, as well as special champagne brunch cruises on the weekends. The cruise itself passes by famous SF landmarks like Coit Tower and Alcatraz before circling under the Golden Gate Bridge and returning to port.
1-888-979-7008 www.hornblower.com
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3. San Francisco Whale-Watching Tours

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Cruise outside of the Golden Gate to the craggy Farralon Islands, where great blue and humpback whales feed throughout the year as a stop on their migratory route. These five or six hour tours are naturalist lead, take place on a 65 foot catamaran and a whale sighting is guaranteed or your next trip is free. Trips depart daily at 8am in the morning from Pier 39, bring wet weather gear.
(415) 706- 7364 www.sanfranciscowhaletours.com
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4. The RocketBoat Bay Cruise

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With rock and roll music blasting in the background and the sights of the city whipping by in the background, the RocketBoat is an adrenaline infused romp on the bay that lasts only 30 minutes. In that time however, you will go from Pier 39 to AT&T Park - home of the San Francisco Giants - and back, passing under the Bay Bridge and past Treasure Island in the process. RocketBoat rides depart nearly hourly throughout the day during the summer season, but lines can be long.
Blue and Gold Fleet, (415) 705-8200 www.blueandglodfleet
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5. San Francisco Bay Sailing Cruise

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One of the top sailing destinations in the world, the San Francisco Bay is a joy to explore onboard a real sailing craft. This hour and a half cruise cross the bay past Alcatraz to the charming seaside town of Sausalito in Marin County and then along the rugged Marin Headlands to Golden Gate Bridge before heading back to Pier 39. The vessel, a three sailed catamaran, also provides an area for those who prefer to stay sheltered.
Adventure Cat, (800) 498-4228 www.adventurecat.com
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6. San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruise

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Cruise the bay at sunset to watch the water turn golden red and the light of the city skyline come alive from the deck of the ship. This two hour bay cruise includes a food buffet, live music and a full bar. The cruise passes Alcatraz and then circles around Angel Island State Park before heading out to the Golden Gate Bridge to catch the last rays of sunlight sparkle off the bay.
Red and White Fleet, (415) 673-2900 www.redandwhite.com
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