A recent poll reveals most people would rather live at sea than on land, citing fresher air, thicker beards, and a disdain for their office’s strict No Sharks policy. Get a taste of the good life with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $26 for a Golden Gate Bay Cruise for two (up to a $52 value)
- $50 for a Golden Gate Bay Cruise for four (up to a $104 value)
- $75 for a Golden Gate Bay Cruise for six (up to a $156 value)
Children aged 4 and younger are admitted for free.
Following a nearly 75-year-old tradition, Golden Gate Bay Cruises depart from Pier 43 1/2 for a scenic jaunt that passes under the infamous bridge and around Alcatraz Island. Headsets offer multilingual narration in 12 languages during the 60-minute tour, apprising tour-takers of the history of San Francisco and Alcatraz. Tour vessels depart 8–12 times daily, starting at 10 a.m. Snacks and drinks from a full bar are available for purchase onboard.
Red and White Fleet
Red and White Fleet’s inaugural launch in 1892 came courtesy of founder Thomas Crowley, a 17-year-old seafarer whose vision has since spawned one of the Bay Area’s most sought-after guided sightsees. The placid shores of Fisherman’s Wharf host a bobbing quartet of wave-riding vessels, each crewed by a savvy staff of sailors versed in the Bay’s stunning maritime marvels, including rock seals, easily recognized by their Dee Snider wigs and Flying V guitars.
Other tours with Red and White Fleet include the Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise, which sails beneath the Golden Gate and San Francisco-Oakland Bay bridges, its iconic red-and-white boats dwarfed by the imposing structures. Passengers can venture onto the open-air deck to take in unobstructed views of the skyline, or gaze through large windows within indoor cabins furnished with plush seating and a full-service bar. A host of other tours is available; view the full schedule here.