Trip Planner:   USA  /  California  /  San Francisco  /  San Francisco Bay

San Francisco Bay, San Francisco

4.7
#2 of 617 in Nature in California
Water Body · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Create an itinerary including San Francisco Bay
San Francisco sits on the tip of a peninsula, surrounded by San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate strait, and the Pacific Ocean. To explore the bay's shoreline, walk, skate, or bike along the Bay Trail, which is paved within the city. To explore the region from the water, board one of many tour boats. Known for its strong westerly winds, the natural harbor is a mecca for sailors, windsurfers, and kitesurfers. The bay is also a natural nursery for native crab, halibut, and salmon, as well as being a key link in the "Pacific Flyway," a major north-south route used by migratory birds. If you want to hang out by the water, especially on a sunny day, join locals at Marina Green (30 hectare) 74 acre expanse of grass between Fort Mason and the Presidio. To visit San Francisco Bay on your trip to San Francisco, use our San Francisco attractions planner.
Create a full itinerary - for free!

Tours to San Francisco Bay

San Francisco Bay reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
7,342 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • We drove over the Bridge several times this month and loved to gaze out at the Bay, the ships at anchor, the islands, the shoreline. Take a ferry for a great ride. Important landscape feature. 
    We drove over the Bridge several times this month and loved to gaze out at the Bay, the ships at anchor, the islands, the shoreline. Take a ferry for a great ride. Important landscape feature.  more »
  • Plenty of places to eat & drink & shopping & good area to see great views & sights to take pictures. The only bad thing is that it can get very crowded & you need to take a jacket because it can get.....  more
    Plenty of places to eat & drink & shopping & good area to see great views & sights to take pictures. The only bad thing is that it can get very crowded & you need to take a jacket because it can get.....  more »
Google
  • The Bay is just fascinating and beautiful from all angles. The surface can be smooth and blue looking like a tropical paradise (as long as you stay out of the cold water) or greenish and choppy or grey and leaden. The bridges add man-made elegance or sometimes practicality, and then there is the mesmerizing skyline of the City. Ship traffic is always fascinating with anything from city-like container ship to small sailboats with the elegant ferries crossing swiftly in between all this traffic.
  • Truly enjoyed the weekend with the family. Got to see many sites in the Bay Area. The food and weather were amazing. Looking forward to my next visit for my nephews graduation in 2023.

Plan your trip to San Francisco

  • Compose it!
    Your own itinerary for your car vacation, beach vacation, city trip, any near or distant journey ... ready within 10 minutes.
  • Customize it.
    Refine your plan. We find the best routes and opportunities.
  • Book it.
    Choose from the best accommodations (Expedia, AirBnB), airlines and activities, by yourself or share with travel professionals for the utmost experience. Up to 50% discount!
  • Do it yourself.
    Or share your plan with travel professionals for a customized trip