Angel Island State Park

Top choice in Marin County

Rising in the middle of San Francisco Bay, Angel Island has been a military base, immigration station, WWII Japanese internment camp and Nike missile site, leaving interesting and thought-provoking forts and bunkers to explore. Spread out a picnic in a protected cove or beach with views over the urban grid and bridges, or explore this family-friendly beauty on foot or by bicycle.

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1. Ayala Cove

0.08 MILES

Ferries arrive and depart at this lovely sheltered cove and it's here you'll find the visitor center (with a tiny museum), cafe, tour departures, marina,…

2. Angel Island Immigration Station

0.48 MILES

Nicknamed the 'Ellis Island of the West,' Angel Island's early-20th-century US Immigration Station is a 1.5-mile walk or bike ride from the ferry dock…

3. Perles Beach

0.92 MILES

Shhhh. The trail to this secluded beach with jaw-dropping views out to Alcatraz Island, the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco is mostly grown over; few…

4. Quarry Beach

0.97 MILES

This lovely white-sand beach is the island's best and it's easy to reach. It's fairly sheltered but can still get a little windy; the riptides can be…

5. Railroad & Ferry Depot Museum

0.99 MILES

Formerly the terminus for a 3000-person ferry to San Francisco and a railroad that once reached north to Ukiah, this late-19th-century building showcases…

6. Old St Hilary’s

1.36 MILES

This fine 19th-century example of Carpenter Gothic architectural style can be seen from almost anywhere in Tiburon. Hiking trails lead from above it onto…

7. China Cabin

1.53 MILES

The saloon of the 1866 steamer sailing ship PS China was brought to this site when the ship was decommissioned in the late 1800s. Since then it's served…

8. Viña Del Mar Park

2.57 MILES

Near the ferry terminal, the plaza has a fountain flanked by 14ft-tall elephant statues from the 1915 Panama–Pacific International Exposition in San…