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- In the San Francisco Bay
- State Parks
In the middle of San Francisco Bay sits Angel Island State Park, offering spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline, the Marin Headlands, and Mount Tamalpais. The park is accessible only by ferry.
The island is alive with history. Three thousand years ago, it was a fishing and hunting site for Coastal Miwok Indians. It was later a haven for Spanish explorer Juan de Ayala, a cattle ranch, a U.S. Army post, a POW camp, and a missile base.
A cafe and tram tours are available on weekends in March, April and November, and daily during May through October. The trams run regularly scheduled one-hour tours with an audio program, including information on the history of the island.
Private boats can use the boat slips or mooring buoys at Ayala Cove; day and overnight fees are collected. Mooring buoys can be used overnight, but the boat slips - and the island itself - are open for use from 8:00 am to sunset only. Dock area and finger piers are closed at sunset. After sunset private boats must anchor offshore or on mooring buoys in Ayala Cove.