Some of the most alluring views and experiences of the Bay Area can be found when exploring Angel Island. The State Park is the largest island in the San Francisco Bay and accessible only by private boat or ferry.
With easily accessible picnic spots, historic buildings, easy trails and great interpretive displays, there is something for everyone on the island. Around every corner, there are diverse recreational opportunities which all help to make the park is a genuine delight.
Angel Island is famous for its warm, safe harbor, Ayala Cove.
Located just two miles off Marin County’s southeastern shore, the cove and much of the island share the mild, sunny weather of the area. It often stays fog-free on summer days in this secluded hideaway.
The island has been inhabited by humans for centuries. Beginning as a hunting and fishing site for Coastal Miwoks, it received its current name from a Spanish explorer in the 18th century. After statehood, the island was used for cattle ranching. It eventually became a military preserve and finally a park.
Like all islands in the San Francisco Bay, the US government felt Angel was a perfect strategic position for a military base. Spanning over 100 years, from the Spanish American War until the Cold War, the island was not open to the public. During that time it served a variety of uses; quarantine station, leper colony and military transit stations for both WWI and WWII.
During the 1950s, a Nike missile base was installed. The decommissioned site can still be visited today by hiking to the top of Mount Livermore. The island is a National Historic Landmark for its use as an immigration station between 1910 and 1940.
The State Park was created in 1955. Today the island is enjoyed almost exclusively for recreation. All year round school groups, tourists, hikers, bird-watchers, boaters and much more visit our beautiful landmark.
SF Bay Adventures offers a variety of signature events on Angel Island including Island Lobster Boils, Angel Island BBQs, Angel Island Picnics, Angel Island Weddings, Guided Hikes and Team Building excursions.
An SF Bay sunset cruise is the ultimate Bay Area experience! See the most iconic sights from the very special vantage of the water. Famous landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Crissy Field, Fort Mason, the Bay Bridge, Mount Tamalpais, Angel Island and more are shown in their best light; the golden hour – all while enjoying an unforgettable sunset.
An SF Bay sunset cruise is the perfect way to liven up your weekend. It’s an ideal mix of luxury and adventure! Choose an intimate private charter for a San Francisco sunset cruise on the charming, all wood Grand Banks, Cimba. Or get a fun group together and come aboard a classic tall ship like the Schooner Freda B. Another wonderful way to get out on the Bay is always a Public sails!