Angel Island State Park
Angel Island State Park is a cultural and historic landmark located a short ferry ride from beautiful Tiburon, California.
Angel Island park hours are 8:00am to sunset everyday.
The highest point is Mount Livermore which is 788 feet, and named after Caroline Livermore, a conservationist who helped to create Angel Island State Park. Mount Livermore offers beautiful 360 degree views of the San Francisco skyline, the Marin Headlands, Mount Tamalpais, and the Bay.
The Island has over 13 miles of hiking trails and over 8 miles of biking trails-ranging from beginner to advanced.
The Island is also alive with history. Three thousand years ago, the island was a fishing and hunting site for Miwok Indians. Later, it was a haven for Spanish explorer Juan Manuel de Ayala, a cattle ranch, and a U.S. Army post. From 1863 to 1962, the U.S. Immigration Station, Angel Island was an entry point for hundreds of thousands of immigrants, the majority from China. During World War II, Japanese, and German POWs were held on the Island, which was also used as a jumping-off point for American soldiers returning from the Pacific.
Angel Island State Park 2013 Tours
The following tours are offered at Angel Island State Park. Tours are offered Wednesday-Sunday. Most guided tours start at 11:00, 12:30, and 1:45, and may be offered by reservation only. A minimum of 5 people is required to make a reservation. Group size restrictions vary depending on the tour. Guided tour tickets are $7.00 per adult, $6.00 per senior, and $5.00 per youth (6-17 years old). If you are a K-12 school group you may be eligible for a reduced tour ticket and or ferry ticket price. To inquire about available tours and reduced pricing, please contact the Angel Island State Park Tour Coordinator at Tours.AngelIsland@parks.ca.gov or (415) 435-5537. Please note that guided tour tickets and general admission tickets to USIS, are not included in the general admission fee to the Park, or the ferry ticket.
U.S. Immigration Station Tour: Tour the barracks where immigrants from around the world were detained, and see historic Chinese poetry and other inscriptions written on the walls. During the late spring and summer months tour capacity is 25 people, and during the late fall and winter months it is 40 people (total per tour time). Tour length is about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Appropriate for 4th grade and up. It is about a 40 minute walk one way (2 miles roundtrip) to this site from Ayala Cove (where the ferry lands). Please contact the Cove Cafe directly to inquire about shuttle tickets to this site. Please note that they are open seasonally.
Immigration Station General Admission: The inside of the Immigration Station Barracks and the WWII Mess Hall are viewed by self-guided tour Wednesday- Sunday from 11:00 – 3:00. At thesethis times visiting the grounds are is still free to the public, and guided tours are available by reservation or when staff is available. During the self-guided tour, park staff and docents will be available to provide for information and to answer questions throughout the building.
- General Admission fees for USIS (self-guided tours):
- $5.00 per adult (anyone 18-61 years old and older)
- $4.00 per senior (62 years and older)
- $3.00 per youth (anyone between the age of 6-17 years old)
- Ages 5 and under are free
Tickets for the self-guided tour can be purchased at the admissions desk located inside the main entrance (top of the long staircase) to the Immigration Station Barracks the day of your visit. No reservations are required. CASH or CHECK is the only accepted form of payment. Many of the facilities at the United States Immigration Station are ADA accessible. Please contact the park office for additional information (415)-435-5390.
Immigration Station Ranger Talks: (lasting approximately 15 – 20 minutes) will be offered to the public at no cost within the Immigration Station grounds throughout the day on both Saturday and Sunday. Please check in with park staff at the Immigration Station the day of your visit for more information on these talks.
Camp Reynolds: Visit some of the oldest buildings on Angel Island, and learn about the life of a soldier during the late 1800s! Groups tour a Civil War era Bake House and Victorian era officer's home (with an optional cannon firing!). Tour capacity is 5-40 people. Tour length is about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Appropriate for 4th grade and up. It is about a 30 minute walk one way (2 miles roundtrip) to this site from Ayala Cove (where the ferry lands).
Fort McDowell: Tour the Chapel and Guard House (now Visitor Center) of this WWI and WWII army base, and learn of the varied military history of Angel Island. Tour capacity is 5-40 people. Tour length is about 1 hour. Appropriate for 4th grade and up. It is about a 45-50 minute walk one way (3 miles roundtrip) to this site from Ayala Cove (where the ferry lands).
Explorers Tour: Learn how Angel Island got its name, and about the first Spanish explorers to enter the San Francisco Bay. Each student will get to draw their own map of an island. Tour capacity is 5-40 people. Tour length is about 45 minutes. Appropriate for K-4th graders. This tour is offered in Ayala Cove (where the ferry lands) during the program groups will walk about 200 yards (roundtrip).
Guided Hike: Hike to the top of Angel Island or explore a trail with a guide. Learn about the natural and cultural history of Angel Island State Park and the Bay Area. Tour capacity, length, and appropriateness vary depending on the trail, the ability of the group and the hike leader. If you have a specific area of interest, please let us know at the time you make your reservation request.
Guided Bike Tour: Bike to a historical site or all the way around the Park with a guide! Learn about the natural and cultural history of Angel Island State Park and the Bay Area. Tour capacity, length, and appropriateness vary depending on the route, the ability of the group and the bike leader. If you have a specific area of interest, please let us know at the time you make your reservation request.
Living History Overnight: School groups can participate in an overnight Environmental Living History Program focusing on the Civil War through hands-on activities at Camp Reynolds. For more information on this program, please contact Angel Island State Park by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that guided tour tickets, and general admission tickets to USIS, are not included in the general admission fee to the Park, the ferry ticket, camping fees, or any other fee issued by the Park. USIS guided tour tickets, include the general admission for the USIS Barracks and WWII Mess Hall.
Angel Island State Park Rules
Please note that Angel Island State Park is subject to Park Rules, which are set by the State Park (not the Ferry Company).
You can read more information about these rules at the State Park's official web site. For example, rules include:
- Dogs are not allowed on the Island, service animals excepted.
- Roller skates, roller blades, skateboards, and scooters are prohibited.
- Bring camp stove or charcoal, no wood fires allowed.
- Night travel after sunset on the island is prohibited in some areas for park security and public safety.
- Personal Segways are NOT PERMITTED on the Island, unless it is being used as an assistance device for a disabled person. Segway rentals are available for guided tours only.
This is not guaranteed to be a complete list of rules. Please check the State Park's official website for the latest information.
Angel Island State Park Official Website | Angel Island Conservancy | Brochure (Map & Information)