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Fort Mason Tours

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Fort Mason
Fort Mason’s use as a military site dates to 1864, but it’s now part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The 13-acre (5-hectare) site houses art spaces, a bar, restaurant, and coffee shop and is also known as the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. Its Great Meadow is a favorite for a warm-weather picnic.
 
The Basics
Similar to the Presidio, Fort Mason morphed from a military base into an urban national park, with events, festivals, a farmers market, art spaces, and concessions all on the grounds. Its prime location on the San Francisco Bay waterfront, between Fisherman’s Wharf and the Marina District, makes it easy to visit on foot. You can bike through on a tour to the Golden Gate Bridge, or admire it from the water on a bay cruise.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Fort Mason is divided into an upper section and lower section, with the Great Meadow sloping between.
  • There is a paid parking lot on site.
  • A visitor center is open on weekdays only.
  • Fort Mason is mostly wheelchair accessible, including paved pathways surrounding the Great Meadow.
 
How to Get There
From Fisherman’s Wharf, it’s easy to bike or walk to Fort Mason. MUNI buses 28, 30, 47, and 49 stop outside the fort. If you drive, there’s an on-site parking lot. The main entrance is located at Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, but you can also enter from Bay Street.
 
When to Get There
Big events such as beer and wine festivals and craft fairs take place in the festival pavilions and draw big crowds—the Renegade Craft Fair every November is popular. The weekly farmers market and the Off the Grid food truck gathering are local favorites.
 
Ghirardelli Square
Walk a block down North Point Street from Fort Mason’s eastern edge to reach Ghirardelli Square, a red-bricked multilevel retail center that is recognizable by the large “Ghirardelli” sign. Listed on the US National Register of Historic Places, the square is home to shops, restaurants, and a wine-tasting room, but its staple is the Original Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop.
Address: 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco, California, USA, USA
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San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Guided Bike Tour

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Guided Bike Tour

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On this San Francisco bike tour, you’ll cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge from the city to the waterfront town of Sausalito. With a guide, ride from Fisherman’s Wharf to Marina Green and Crissy Field, and stop at Fort Point and Vista Point for photo ops of the bridge and San Francisco Bay. The 3-hour guided tour ends in Sausalito, where you are free to bike more on your own and return to the city at your leisure (either bike back or purchase a ferry ticket). This tour includes use of the bike for the full day.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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Alcatraz and Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Guided Bike Tour

Alcatraz and Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Guided Bike Tour

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Explore San Francisco with this 2-day combo: a guided bike tour plus admission to Alcatraz Island. Venture to the infamous prison in the afternoon to hear audio commentary about former inmates like Al Capone. On the prior day, cycle along the waterfront from Fisherman’s Wharf and ride over the Golden Gate Bridge into Sausalito via the car-free national park bike path. Your tour includes a full-day bonus bike rental.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
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California Sunset Guided Bike Tour

California Sunset Guided Bike Tour

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Admire San Francisco’s top attractions as the sun sets over the city on this 3-hour evening bike tour. Led by a local guide, you’ll pedal past Crissy Field, Fort Mason and Fisherman’s Wharf before heading across the Golden Gate Bridge for the sunset. Your guide will provide fun and factual commentary about the city’s rich history as you continue on through the Presidio, making stops at the Palace of Fine Arts and more. For an even more relaxing ride, upgrade to an electric bike.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off 2 Day pass

San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off 2 Day pass

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Discover San Francisco from the Bay to the Pacific Ocean, with stops throughout for photo opportunities you won’t want to miss. Stunning panoramic views off Nob Hill and the colorful life of the Mission district. Come see the beauty of Fisherman’s Wharf, Lombard Street, Chinatown, Civic Center, the breathtaking waterfront and the fashionable Union Square, these are just some of the sites you’ll treasure long after your visit to the magnificent city by the bay. San Francisco is an extremely popular international tourist destination famous for its landmarks, including Alcatraz Island, the cable cars, and Coit Tower, its steep rolling hills, and its eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture. The city is also known for its diverse, cosmopolitan population, including large and long-established Asian American, and LGBT communities
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  • 2 hours
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Early Bird San Francisco GoCar Tour

Early Bird San Francisco GoCar Tour

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Get up and out to rent your GoCar before noon for a cost savings on this great way to explore San Francisco. After rider orientation, zoom off into the city for a whirlwind tour that covers much more ground than you could on foot. Use the provided map to make a route that focuses on the sights that interest you, and return your car by noon to continue your day exploring.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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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
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Full Day Bike Rental from Fisherman's Wharf

Full Day Bike Rental from Fisherman's Wharf

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Discover San Francisco on your own schedule with a 1-day bike rental. Visit the crooked path of Lombard Street, North Beach, Haight-Ashbury, the Golden Gate Bridge and other culturally rich and unique San Francisco neighborhoods. This self-guided trip gives you the opportunity to create your own itinerary as you explore the beloved City by the Bay. The entire fleet of equipment is sanitized regularly and curbside pick-up is available to ensure that your rental experience is safe and enjoyable.
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  • 1 hour to 1 day
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San Francisco All-Day Electric Bike Rental

San Francisco All-Day Electric Bike Rental

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Discover San Francisco on your own schedule with a 1-day electric bike rental. Hop on a regular bike or an electric bike, for an easier ride, and pedal past all of the sites on the top of your list. Visit the crooked path of Lombard Street, North Beach, Haight-Ashbury, the Golden Gate Bridge and more. This self-guided trip gives you the opportunity to create your own itinerary as you explore the beloved City by the Bay.
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  • 1 hour to 1 day
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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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Alcatraz and California Sunset Guided Bike Tour

Alcatraz and California Sunset Guided Bike Tour

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Get the most out of your day in the City by the Bay with this 2-day combo package, which combines a trip to Alcatraz with a San Francisco bike tour. The date you book is the date you'll visit Alcatraz Island, and get access to the former federal prison. Go on a self-guided audio tour of the grounds, and stay as long as you like during opening hours. The day before your Alcatraz tour, explore the city on wheels. Stop by lesser-known spots only locals know of and famous landmarks you’ll want to snap pictures of.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
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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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