Take the Angel Island Ferry to Angel Island State Park
Visit the Angel Island California State Park and wildlife preserve. Angel Island is one of the finest historical sites in the Bay Area and includes military garrisons and compounds from every major war dating back to the U.S. Civil War. Also known as the “Ellis Island of the West”, Angel Island’s Immigration Station was the first stop for millions of Pacific Basin, Asian and Russian immigrants entering the United States. A day trip to Angel Island will provide a quick overview; however return visits are recommended to explore all that the island has to offer. Take the Angel Island Ferry to experience the history of the park for yourself.
The official park concessionaire, the Angel Island Company, offers a variety of visitor services in the island’s Ayala Cove area. Seasonal services include: economical mountain bike rentals, naturalist-led kayak tours, a one-hour, audio-enhanced Tram Tour of island historic sites, and a moderately priced menu of food and beverages at the Cove Cafe. Explore the island on a Segway Tour, a professionally guided 45-minute or 2-hour tour. The company also offers special catering and recreational equipment rentals for groups and picnics.
Only service animals are allowed on the island.
United States Immigration Station, Angel Island Guided and Self Guided Tours
The majority of the Detention Barracks are available by guided tour only. The US Immigration grounds are open to the public during park hours 8am-sunset daily (check our schedule for last Angel Island ferry departure). Weekend tour reservations are available for groups of ten or more from April through the end of October. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. Groups of less than ten can purchase tour tickets on a first come, first serve basis at the Cove Cafe on Angel Island.
Explore Angel Island at your own pace. Hike the many trails or rent bikes on the island.