See San Francisco by the water for a different perspective on the city
California Kayak Company
Head across the bay to Jack London Square in Oakland after the sun sets for the beloved Full Moon kayaking ride led by California Kayak Company. The evening views show an illuminated Golden Gate Bridge and a glass-like estuary as you paddle the night away.
409 Water Street, Oakland, calkayak.com
Blue and Gold Fleet
The Blue and Gold Fleet offers ferry services from San Francisco to Sausalito, Tiburon and Angel Island, all which will give you the city views you are looking for. But they also offer one-hour site seeing cruises if you are looking for a longer experience for seeing San Francisco by water.
Pier 41, San Francisco, blueandgoldfleet.com
Wine Tasting Cruise
What’s nice about the Wine Tasting Cruise on the San Francisco Bay is that you get a taste of Northern California’s wine country without leaving the city. And what’s even better is that you get to have your wine flight and accompanying snacks on a cruise with spectacular views while you learn about The City by the Bay at the same time.
Pier 39, San Francisco, sanfranciscobayboatcruise.com
Sunset Catamaran Cruise
For a truly memorable experience, consider the San Francisco Bay Sunset Catamaran Cruise. It offers the same views as the ferries and cruise lines but seeing the city lights come on as the sun goes down is romantic and special. Hors d’oeuvres and 2 drinks are included in the reasonably priced ticket.
Pier 39, San Francisco, shoreexcursionsgroup.com
Ferry to Alcatraz
If you are planning a visit to Alcatraz, you will kill two birds with one stone since the only way to get there is by ferry. It leaves from Pier 33 in Fisherman’s wharf and has the same beautiful city views you will get on the other ferries.
Pier 33, San Francisco, alcatrazcruises.com