Fun Things to Do in San Francisco at Night

Fun Things to Do in San Francisco at Night
San Francisco, California, offers no shortage of attractions at night as well as during the day.With the nighttime hustle and bustle of a major city, activities are not limited to bars and other indoor venues. When visiting the City by the Bay, consider these outdoor night time adventures.

Alcatraz night cruise

Alcatraz island is an icon of San Francisco and one of its most-visited attractions. Most people, however, visit the former military base and penitentiary during the day. To experience the darker side of the island, take Alcatraz Cruises' Night Tour. The 2.5-hour round trip begins with a narrated boat tour around the island, followed by a guided tour from the dock to the prison building. You can also enjoy unmatched views of the illuminated city and Golden Gate Bridge.

Alcatraz Cruises, LLC
Pier 33, Hornblower Alcatraz Landing
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 981-7625

Camping on Angel Island

Angel Island is a California state park in the San Francisco Bay with spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline, the Marin Headlands and Mount Tamalpais. You can access the island by public ferry or private boat from San Francisco. Nine public campsites are available on the island for up to eight people, but you must make advance reservations by visiting or calling (800) 444-7275. You will have to hike and carry your equipment for up to two miles to reach the sites and must bring a camp stove or charcoal as wood fires are prohibited. All of the campsites feature running water, pit toilets, food lockers, tables and barbecue units.

Sunset Kayak Trip

City Kayak, a company specializing in San Francisco waterfront sea kayaking tours, offers adventurers the chance to paddle at sunset or during a full moon and enjoy the city lights from an entirely different perspective. Some experience is necessary as you will be paddling until after dark, and depending on your ability you will be guided around the Bay Bridge, the historic Ferry Building, McCovey Cove (AT&T Park), and the Mission Creek houseboats. City Kayak's tours have been featured in National Geographic Adventure magazine and the Los Angeles Times travel section.

City Kayak at South Beach Harbor
Pier 40 The Embarcadero
2 Townsend Street, No. 4-108
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 357-1010

The View Bar

The View bar is found on the 39th floor of the San Francisco Marriott Marquis hotel. In addition to cocktails and snacks, the bar offers sweeping panoramic views of the city and bay. After dark, the vista comes alive in lights against the background of the night sky.

San Francisco Marriott Marquis
55 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 896-1600

Article Written By J.C. Lewis

J.C. Lewis is the editor and co-owner of a weekly newspaper, as well as a staffer and regular contributor to a group of three newspapers in Los Angeles, Calif. Her writing has appeared on, and various other websites. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Science in politics from the University of Bristol, England.

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