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“A quieter version of San Fran tourist area? - 3.5 out of 5 rating”

Sausalito Boardwalk
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Ranked #9 of 84 things to do in Sausalito
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

We arrived on the Blue & Gold Ferry on this sunny May Sunday morning and the ferry we were on was crowded with pedestrians and bicyclists.

It’s your somewhat typical tourist attraction; the usual souvenir shops, specialty shops – arts & crafts and restaurants. The most busy tourist area is about 4 blocks long and 1 block up from ocean side.

We spent a few hours window shopping and wandering around the main tourist area and did not go off the beaten track. You can see the San Francisco skyline and Alcatraz from the waterfront area.

We eventually stopped for lunch at Copita, a Mexican restaurant. See my review. While we were having lunch on the patio there was a Portuguese parade - Festival of the Holy Spirit on this Pentecost Sunday.

If you’ve biked over the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito is a good spot to take a break and have lunch. If you don’t want to have a restaurant meal there is at least one deli (Venice Gourmet) where you can custom make your own sandwich for take out. You can also order sides.
Another food outlet, a hamburger take out next to the Copita restaurant, was doing a thriving burger business.

In total we spent about 4 hours before heading back on the ferry.

Overall, an above average experience for me that rates a 3.5 out of 5. Your mileage will vary!

Notes & Tips
• The Sausalito ferry terminal is less than a 200 yard walk to the “main” street Bridgeway. The ferry terminal serves both ferry companies - Blue & Gold and Golden Gate Ferry.
• Check the Blue & Gold ferry website for additional information. Tickets $12 for adult and $7.50 for a senior. Bicyclists can reserve a “parking” spot on the ferry. Bicycle parking lot available in Sausalito.
• Golden Gate Ferry operates out of the San Francisco Ferry Building. This ferry’s ticket cost for an adult is $12 and $6 for a senior, one way. Check the Golden Gate ferry website for additional information.
• For flexibility and depending upon where you wish to disembark in San Francisco, you can purchase a one way ticket and then make a decision on the return trip as to whether you want to disembark at the Ferry Building or Pier 41. That is, take the Blue & Gold or Golden Gate Ferry.
• Our original plan was to visit Sausalito and Muir Woods to maximize the use of time on this side of the water. We decided against Muir Woods because we were there a couple of years ago. If you do not have a vehicle or you are not on an excursion, you can go by bus. You will need to book the bus in advance for which there is a nominal charge. You cannot go to Muir Woods without a reservation. Go to the Muir Woods /state park website for additional information. Do the research and decide for yourself. If you have never been to Muir Woods I would recommend it. If you’re going to do both attractions, you should leave as early as possible in the morning in order to spend time at both locations – Muir Woods first and then on the way back stop in at Sausalito for some lunch.

4  Thank Bottomshelfhockey
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Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

We came here after biking the Golden Gate from Fisherman's Warf. It was a much needed break before we biked back up the hill to head home. ( most take the ferry, but I have 4 teenage boys who wanted to bike back too.) It was a really nice day outside and a beautiful walk. We enjoyed looking at all the boats and talked to a few people. It was a nice break. Not a must do, but I had a good time.

Thank Zack F
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Reviewed 24 June 2018

We enjoyed our day in Sausalito, overlooking The Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco. A little quieter and a lot less busy than San Francisco, Sausalito offers fine dining, shops, bakeries, and beautiful sights.

We got some beautiful pictures of The Golden Gate Bridge at Horseshoe Bay. From there we parked our car on Bridgeway and walked the town. We walked all the way over to Waldo Point Harbor (Gate 6) where there are beautiful floating homes. You can walk the piers and see how people live life on the water. Just beautiful!

You can spend as little as an hour to as much as an entire day in Sausalito.

2  Thank Bakerfortress
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Reviewed 20 June 2018 via mobile

Sausalito island is 20-25 mins drive via Golden Gate Bridge or 20-25 mins by ferry from San Francisco . The walk on the broadway along the ocean is beautiful and peaceful. The day we went it was breezy and very cold . Had a wonderful fresh Pizza at Venice Pizzeria. This place is worth a visit for ferry on the ocean and walk alongside the ocean.

Thank SanjaySurana
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Reviewed 11 June 2018

Had a great time here with my out of town guest, I recommend taking the ferry from SF it make it good sight seeing on the way, on my last trip we bought some jewelry at Lulu Designs, Very nice shop.

Thank Bill F
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