Adventure boat rides in San Francisco
Spending 10 days in San Francisco back in April 2013 meant just one thing for sure – getting as close and as many times as possible to the Golden Gate Bridge. My first encounter with the most famous reddish bridge in the world was when I took the Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise and I was off to a Bay Cruise Adventure boat sailing around the San Francisco Bay for one hour.
The cruise is one of the tours you get when you book a CityPASS booklet which saves you $67.90 for some of the best attractions in San Francisco. I have used CityPASS already a few times – to visit Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco, or New York City Circle Line Cruise or even the Empire State Building so I highly recommend it.
It was pretty windy on that day but later on I heard it was still nothing as normally it can get MUCH worse. Anyway, the wind was a bit annoying, especially when I was trying to take photos of myself and each time I ended up eating a bunch of my hair with no photo I could use.
The tour was narrated but to be honest I was standing there in the front of the boat just staring at the bridge and not paying any attention to the narration.
Connecting the city of San Francisco to Marin County, the Golden Gate Bridge was designed by Joseph Strauss as a suspension bridge to survive the high winds of more than 100 miles per hour. Its art deco style and orange color made it California’s most famous icon since its completion in 1937. On opening day almost 18,000 pedestrians walked the bridge before it was opened for traffic and then on its 50th anniversary 200,000 walked it.
Cruising under the bridge was so cool! Then on the way back we rode around the famous Alcatraz island which I visited the following day. SF skyline is pretty nice to watch from the Bay too. The whole area is just so magical and no words can really describe it. I just wish there was no wind!
I felt so great on the Bay Cruise Adventure that I decided to get second CityPASS booklet and try the RocketBoat too (with CityPASS you can choose between a Bay Cruise Adventure and RocketBoat, both done by the Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise leaving from the Pier 39.)
While Bay Cruise Adventure happened at a slow peace and is more about the chilling views, the RocketBoat was completely the opposite – as the name suggest fast like a rocket! We were screaming, laughing, crying and ended up all wet after the fun ride.
Check out my video from the RocketBoat – the fastest ride in San Francisco Bay.
As you can see, I truly love SF and I am sure the boat rides in San Francisco undoubtedly increased my admiration for the wind capital.