Although we live in Berkeley, I don't cross the Bay Bridge that often because I'm so East Bay! Now that I have discovered Adventure Cat Sailing Charters, I have the perfect outing to do with my little ones, especially when we have visitors in town. Most Bay Area locals avoid Fisherman's Wharf at all costs, but Adventure Cat sailing is like a hidden gem on Pier 39. Arrive a little before your sailing charter leaves, so the kids can see the Sea Lions hanging out on the pier.
Avoid those big fleets that get boring for kids after about 30 minutes; riding on one of these catamarans is really special. You get the Pacific wind in your hair with gorgeous views of Alcatraz Island, the San Francisco city skyline, and the Golden Gate bridge. Our captain sailed us under the bridge and even along it - like a car driving along the bridge for a few special moments.
Adventure Cat has two sailing catamarans that give a uniquely stable and quiet ride without the noise of a loud engine. You'll be amazed at the speed that wind in your sails can give you! For an hour-and-a-half, you'll be treated to fantastic views. Be sure to try out the deck trampolines (be warned, you may get wet!). The netting allows the whole family to experience that exhilarating feeling of having the waves rush under your feet, and it's very safe for children.
If you want a break from the wind, head inside to the protected cabin, have a seat, and continue to enjoy the sights of the sky and water. Need a bite to eat? Snacks, soda, beer and wine are available for purchase at the cabin bar.
Pick up a helpful navigation guide providing information about San Francisco's landmarks as you sail past them. The crew and captain are very friendly and passionate about sailing. If it's not too busy, they might even let you take the helm and steer the boat, something the kids will definitely love!
1pm and 3pm
Children (6-12): $20
Kids 5 & under: FREE!
Call for times
$50 (no discount for children)
March 1 - March 8: 1:00pm and 3:00pm. *weekends only (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
March 9 - November 1: 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
November 2 - November 30: 1:00 p.m.*weekends only (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
December 1 - March 1: Off season.
Group Discount Rates: 10 or more Adult passengers= $5.00 off per person when paid on one credit card
Things to Remember:
- Bar and snacks available onboard, accepting cash and credit cards.
- Arrive 30 minutes early to find parking and to locate us on Pier 39, Gate J, next to the sea lions.
- Bring a jacket and wear soft-soled shoes.
- No outside beverages may be brought on board.