San Francisco's scenic attractions are best viewed from the bay. They're even better as you blast by them so fast that your heart sticks in your throat, which is just the way they like it on Blue and Gold Fleet's dual-engine RocketBoat tour. This Groupon gets you two adult tickets for the price of one on a half-hour, 44-knot speedboat ride. The RocketBoat peels out of Gate 4 at Pier 39's West Marina daily, slowing only for the sea lions before it races under the Bay Bridge, zips by AT&T Park, rounds Treasure Island, and then cruises past Alcatraz, shedding waves on unsuspecting landlubbers.
It's a full-fledged show, with rock music, a narrated tour, and plenty of laughs. The captain and crew are as quick and fun as the 1,410-horsepower boat with its hot-rod flame paint job. The tour’s light tone makes the RocketBoat a great trip for kids, students, corporate groups, and San Franciscans who want great views of SF Bay and the city skyline during their lunch break or dental office wait. Though this Groupon gets you two half-priced adult tickets, buy multiple Groupons and enjoy the ride with even more friends. The tour runs seven times daily between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. in August (visit the website to see the complete schedule, which changes each month). Redeem your Groupon at Blue and Gold Box Office at Pier 39.
- Who needs a speedboat on the Bay when you can ride the RocketBoat!...What a great way to spend the afternoon... out on the bay... 50 miles an hour, donuts, tricks... kids love it and so did we. Nice if you live in the Bay Area and don't need all the 'tourist' insight. – Kristine D.
- …its [sic] so fast and scary i peed my pants! there are a few moments to pause and hear some exciting historical facts on SF, but other than that the 30min adventure is made up of rollicking bumps and zips and zags all over the bay! definitely wouldnt mind taking this ride again, and again! – Kaylan S.
- The boats are the right size, are clean, well maintained, and comfortable. The crew are [sic] friendly, yet firm and professional. Both provide a fun, relaxing, yet exciting boat ride around the Bay, with awesome-sweet-butt kicking views of San Francisco, Alcatraz Island, Marin County, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Bay Bridge. – Mike P.
Profile in Courage: Lightning and Chance
Two crew members of the Blue and Gold Fleet, former Navy SEALS Spence "Lightning" Wilson and Stu "Chance" Eduardo, have a lot on their plates. Not only are they running pulse-pounding tours around the bay and raising an orphaned teen, Jessica, but they're also using their RocketBoat for its original purpose—to fight crime.
Lightning and Chance use the same high-speed maneuvers found on the Blue and Gold tour to stop drug smugglers, aqua gangs, and other sea-faring criminals who frequent the bay. While Lightning pilots the RocketBoat, Chance plays high-energy rock music on his electric guitar to underscore the action. The armored RocketBoat, with its military-designed biodiesel engines, is enough to stop any criminal who sticks entirely to the water or lives on an island. In the bay, crime's got only a "Lightning Chance" of outrunning these former SEALS!
Blue & Gold Fleet
On their sightseeing cruises, passengers drink in panoramic views of the San Francisco skyline, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and PIER 39, where sunning sea lions occasionally can be seen rubbing sunscreen on each other's backs. Meanwhile, Blue & Gold's ferries carry patrons to Sausalito, Tiburon, and other waterfront locales—including AT&T Park during baseball season—whereas their motorcoach tours chauffeur landlubbers to Northern California landmarks. All their services adhere to award-winning sustainability practices, which safeguard local ecosystems more effectively than arming every tree with pepper spray. While speedboats are as fast as their name suggests, no vessel on San Francisco Bay is faster than the RocketBoat. It flies across the Bay's waves to the high-energy guitar riffs of a rock-‘n'-roll soundtrack. The RocketBoat is just one of Blue & Gold Fleet's 17 vessels, all manned by expert captains and crews that ferry about 2.5 million passengers annually.