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San Francisco Bay, San Francisco

#2 of 610 in Nature in California
Water Body · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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.
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  • We were so fortunate to have had an opportunity to tour the bay via boat. The bay is absolutely beautiful and full of history and interesting sights and stories. The views from the tour boat were...  more »
  • We love the various views of San Francisco Bay. This time we saw it from Marina Green. There are good views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. We saw it again by the Ferry Building with good.....  more »
  • Fun . Beautiful.
  • Always fun going here as long as I'm not driving and sitting in traffic. The ferry rides are the best!

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