Best islands in San Francisco

Check out the top islands in San Francisco, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Stow Lake
1. Stow Lake
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7 local reviews
50 Stow Lake, San Francisco
(415) 752-0347
Natural featureEstablishment
Alexina
Stroll around this man-made lake (more than 120 years old) and feed the ducks, Canada geese, squirrels, koi, a…
Roy & Annie
A great walk and wonderful escape. Tons of birds and nature that can be viewed from the island the path around…
Kirk
Walk the lake, see ducks, turtles, hang out in the lake side pagodas, hike the inner island or rent a boat and…
1. Stow Lake
1. Stow Lake
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7 local reviews
50 Stow Lake, San Francisco
(415) 752-0347
Alexina
Alexina
Stroll around this man-made lake (more than 120 years old) and feed the ducks, Canada geese, squirrels, koi, and enjoy nature in the middle …
Roy & Annie
Roy & Annie
A great walk and wonderful escape. Tons of birds and nature that can be viewed from the island the path around or from rented boats or bikes…
Kirk
Kirk
Walk the lake, see ducks, turtles, hang out in the lake side pagodas, hike the inner island or rent a boat and cruise the lake. Great romant…
2. Treasure Island
2. Treasure Island
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15 local reviews
Treasure Island, San Francisco
NeighborhoodNatural featurePolitical
Len & Irina
Treasure Island is a bizarre holdover from a bygone age. It used to be military property but has since turned …
Jenna and Randy
This little island is in the middle of the bay and you get there by driving over the Bay Bridge. Best views o…
Roberto
Treasure and Yerba- Buena Islands, often referred to collectively as "former Naval Station Treasure Island" or…
2. Treasure Island
2. Treasure Island
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15 local reviews
Treasure Island, San Francisco
Len & Irina
Len & Irina
Treasure Island is a bizarre holdover from a bygone age. It used to be military property but has since turned residential, except for that w…
Jenna and Randy
Jenna and Randy
This little island is in the middle of the bay and you get there by driving over the Bay Bridge. Best views of SF anywhere. There are also…
Roberto
Roberto
Treasure and Yerba- Buena Islands, often referred to collectively as "former Naval Station Treasure Island" or "Treasure Island", are home t…
3. La Ciccia
3. La Ciccia
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32 local reviews
291 30th Street, San Francisco
Closed now
+1 415-550-8114
BarRestaurantFood
Alex
Possibly the best Sardinian restaurant off the island - try the octopus stew, with a Cannonau
Peg and Jeff
Sardinian The chef is committed to use the freshest and the most authentic ingredients from his native island,…
Karin
Fantastic Italian food. Great Pizzas for take out.
3. La Ciccia
3. La Ciccia
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32 local reviews
291 30th Street, San Francisco
Closed now
+1 415-550-8114
Alex
Alex
Possibly the best Sardinian restaurant off the island - try the octopus stew, with a Cannonau
Peg and Jeff
Peg and Jeff
Sardinian The chef is committed to use the freshest and the most authentic ingredients from his native island, resulting in pungent, lively,…
Karin
Karin
Fantastic Italian food. Great Pizzas for take out.
4. San Francisco
4. San Francisco
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78 local reviews
San Francisco, San Francisco
LocalityPolitical
Kenny
San Francisco, in northern California, is a hilly city on the tip of a peninsula surrounded by the Pacific Oc…
Maureen
Beautiful city on the Bay with many exciting things to see and do. Good food, museums, shopping,tours, concert…
Mark & Hope
One of the most beautiful cities in the world (but you know that). Spend the day exploring, there's something …
4. San Francisco
4. San Francisco
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78 local reviews
San Francisco, San Francisco
Kenny
Kenny
San Francisco, in northern California, is a hilly city on the tip of a peninsula surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. It'…
Maureen
Maureen
Beautiful city on the Bay with many exciting things to see and do. Good food, museums, shopping,tours, concerts, parks and sightseeing. Gold…
Mark & Hope
Mark & Hope
One of the most beautiful cities in the world (but you know that). Spend the day exploring, there's something to see or do around every corn…
5. de Young Museum
5. de Young Museum
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165 local reviews
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco
Open now
+1 415-750-3600
MuseumPoint of interestEstablishment
Igor
Start your exploration with a trip up the elevator to Hamon Observation Tower, 360 degrees of glass walls prov…
Nadine
Start your exploration with a trip up the elevator to Hamon Observation Tower, 360 degrees of glass walls prov…
Patrick
Beautiful architecture, museum store, permanent collection, special exhibitions
5. de Young Museum
5. de Young Museum
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165 local reviews
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco
Open now
+1 415-750-3600
Igor
Igor
Start your exploration with a trip up the elevator to Hamon Observation Tower, 360 degrees of glass walls providing views of Cal Academy of …
Nadine
Nadine
Start your exploration with a trip up the elevator to Hamon Observation Tower, 360 degrees of glass walls providing views of Cal Academy of …
Patrick
Patrick
Beautiful architecture, museum store, permanent collection, special exhibitions
6. PIER 39
6. PIER 39
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44 local reviews
Beach Street, San Francisco
+1 415-705-5500
Shopping mallPremisePoint of interest
Laurie
From amazing views and a sea of sea lions to chowder bread bowls and California wines, your visit to San Franc…
natsuki
From amazing views and a sea of sea lions to chowder bread bowls and California wines, your visit to San Franc…
Cecilia
Where 99% of tourists visit.
6. PIER 39
6. PIER 39
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44 local reviews
Beach Street, San Francisco
+1 415-705-5500
Laurie
Laurie
From amazing views and a sea of sea lions to chowder bread bowls and California wines, your visit to San Francisco starts at PIER 39. PIER 3…
natsuki
natsuki
From amazing views and a sea of sea lions to chowder bread bowls and California wines, your visit to San Francisco starts at PIER 39. PIER 3…
Cecilia
Cecilia
Where 99% of tourists visit.
7. Hog Island Oyster Co.
7. Hog Island Oyster Co.
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9 local reviews
1 Ferry Building, San Francisco
Open now
+1 415-391-7117
BarRestaurantFood
Kushal
Taking the ferry into the city? You owe yourself a stop at Hog Island Oyster Company. Ranked one of the best p…
Yuca
Fresh oyster bar. Very tasty and great people watching at Hog Island Oyster Co.
Dana & Caroline
My friend Anthony shucks oysters here, a morning ferry into the city is a fun way to spend the day.
7. Hog Island Oyster Co.
7. Hog Island Oyster Co.
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9 local reviews
1 Ferry Building, San Francisco
Open now
+1 415-391-7117
Kushal
Kushal
Taking the ferry into the city? You owe yourself a stop at Hog Island Oyster Company. Ranked one of the best places for oysters in the US.
Yuca
Yuca
Fresh oyster bar. Very tasty and great people watching at Hog Island Oyster Co.
Dana & Caroline
Dana & Caroline
My friend Anthony shucks oysters here, a morning ferry into the city is a fun way to spend the day.
8. Alcatraz Cruises
8. Alcatraz Cruises
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3 local reviews
The Embarcadero, San Francisco
Open now
+1 415-981-7625
Transit stationPoint of interestEstablishment
Heather
Take the audio tour- but get your reservation in advance because they are often sold out! Consider bringing a…
Tony
Take the night tour. Alcatraz has amazing views of the city and an amazing tour with history of the island
Karen
Award winning self-guided audio tour. This is a Must-See for travelers and locals alike! Get your tickets NOW…
8. Alcatraz Cruises
8. Alcatraz Cruises
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3 local reviews
The Embarcadero, San Francisco
Open now
+1 415-981-7625
Heather
Heather
Take the audio tour- but get your reservation in advance because they are often sold out! Consider bringing a jacket as it is windy and som…
Tony
Tony
Take the night tour. Alcatraz has amazing views of the city and an amazing tour with history of the island
Karen
Karen
Award winning self-guided audio tour. This is a Must-See for travelers and locals alike! Get your tickets NOW...they are nearly impossible t…
9. Strawberry Hill
9. Strawberry Hill
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2 local reviews
Strawberry Hill, San Francisco
Natural featureEstablishment
Markus
[Part of the Golden Gate Park Top 10+ Tour: Sightseeing] Situated in the middle of Stow Lake and measuring 430…
Dillon
A hill in San Francisco, California, near the center of Golden Gate Park. The hill occupies an entire island i…
Markus
[Part of the Golden Gate Park Top 10+ Tour: Sightseeing] Situated in the middle of Stow Lake and measuring 430…
9. Strawberry Hill
9. Strawberry Hill
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2 local reviews
Strawberry Hill, San Francisco
Markus
Markus
[Part of the Golden Gate Park Top 10+ Tour: Sightseeing] Situated in the middle of Stow Lake and measuring 430-feet-high, the island is the …
Dillon
Dillon
A hill in San Francisco, California, near the center of Golden Gate Park. The hill occupies an entire island in the park's man-made Stow Lak…
Markus
Markus
[Part of the Golden Gate Park Top 10+ Tour: Sightseeing] Situated in the middle of Stow Lake and measuring 430-feet-high, the island is the …
10. Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar
10. Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar
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14 local reviews
950 Mason Street, San Francisco
Closed now
+1 415-772-5278
BarPoint of interestEstablishment
Sue
Go for an umbrella drink; stay for the awesome 'thunder and lightening' show when the band floats onto the poo…
Heather
This tiki-style bar is a must-see with its impressive island decor and weather effects. I recommend you skip …
Leslie
This is an amazing bar with a great happy hour. Large island-type buffet. Band plays on a small boat in a swi…
10. Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar
10. Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar
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14 local reviews
950 Mason Street, San Francisco
Closed now
+1 415-772-5278
Sue
Sue
Go for an umbrella drink; stay for the awesome 'thunder and lightening' show when the band floats onto the pool. Then, walk down to Chinatow…
Heather
Heather
This tiki-style bar is a must-see with its impressive island decor and weather effects. I recommend you skip the dinner and just grab a dri…
Leslie
Leslie
This is an amazing bar with a great happy hour. Large island-type buffet. Band plays on a small boat in a swimming pool in the middle of th…
11. Alcatraz Island
11. Alcatraz Island
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75 local reviews
Alcatraz Island, San Francisco
+1 415-561-4900
Natural featurePoint of interestEstablishment
Ron & Laurie
Take the Alcatraz Island Day or Night Tour. The Ferry Ride to and from Alcatraz is a pleasant way to see the B…
Jon
Alcatraz Island offers a close-up look at the site of the first lighthouse and US built fort on the West Coast…
David
You can take one of the day tours to the island from Fisherman's Wharf, they will take you around the old pris…
11. Alcatraz Island
11. Alcatraz Island
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75 local reviews
Alcatraz Island, San Francisco
+1 415-561-4900
Ron & Laurie
Ron & Laurie
Take the Alcatraz Island Day or Night Tour. The Ferry Ride to and from Alcatraz is a pleasant way to see the Bay and the tour is very intere…
Jon
Jon
Alcatraz Island offers a close-up look at the site of the first lighthouse and US built fort on the West Coast, the infamous federal peniten…
David
David
You can take one of the day tours to the island from Fisherman's Wharf, they will take you around the old prison and show you all the cells …
12. Forbes Island
12. Forbes Island
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3 local reviews
2 Beach Street, San Francisco
+1 415-951-4900
Point of interestEstablishment
Ken
Man-made floating island restaurant (barge), complete with a sandy beach, palm trees, a light tower, and above…
Saul
Excellent restaurant Totally San Francisco Make reservations, closes early It is a little floating man made i…
Ken
Man-made floating island restaurant (barge), complete with a sandy beach, palm trees, a light tower, and above…
12. Forbes Island
12. Forbes Island
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3 local reviews
2 Beach Street, San Francisco
+1 415-951-4900
Ken
Ken
Man-made floating island restaurant (barge), complete with a sandy beach, palm trees, a light tower, and above- and below-ground restaurant …
Saul
Saul
Excellent restaurant Totally San Francisco Make reservations, closes early It is a little floating man made island at pier 39 Park at pier …
Ken
Ken
Man-made floating island restaurant (barge), complete with a sandy beach, palm trees, a light tower, and above- and below-ground restaurant …