We frequently visit San Francisco and while we enjoy exploring like locals, we also shamelessly indulge in touristy activities. On our most recent trip, we realized we’d never been on a boat in the San Francisco Bay. We hadn’t given it much thought since we had seen it from countless vantage points around the city, and really, would it look any different from a boat? On our last morning of the trip, we found a Groupon deal for the Red and White Fleet’s Bridge 2 Bridge tour so we took it as a sign to try it out.
We opted to skip the photo they take before boarding the vessel, but we did indulge in the audio narration of SF’s history. Luckily our group was tiny and we grabbed seats on the nearly-empty top deck, which has the best views. As the tour title promised, we leisurely made our way through the bay and out to the Golden Gate Bridge. Making a u-turn, we passed by Alcatraz and Treasure Island before going under the Bay Bridge. A group of enthusiastic sailors waved as we finally headed back to Fisherman’s Warf.
Even if we hadn’t found the Groupon deal, the views would have been worth the $36/person ticket price. Seeing the bridges up close without the distraction of driving was a completely new experience and definitely a treat for us architecture lovers. The water and ocean breeze were kind, but the late afternoon sun left its mark on our necks and forearms. If you can avoid the crowds (as some of the weekend tours are beyond packed) it’s a great way to fill two hours – just don’t forget the sunscreen.