Love history? Love SF? Love the water? Come for a sail abroad the Alma!

If you're making a visit to SF and have time to pack in a 3 hour sailing trip at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (SAFR), I highly recommend cruising on the beautifully restored Alma.

Historical National Parks can often be overlooked by us adventure junkies for pure wilderness and natural experiences, but these parks are here with just as much of a purpose as the nature parks do. Their history holds so much important information to the development of this country and SAFR is the development of the city of San Francisco.

Hop aboard to work with the crew members and watch her go! See the bay from a whole new angle from the Oakland Bay Bridge to the Golden Gate Bridge and get the most hands-on history class you'll ever board for about $30.

Like any city, parking is always difficult so I suggest taking public transportation and walking. You're welcome to test your luck though! Fortunately, I found the Muni very easy to figure out through Google Map's direction (just don't take the wrong direction like I have before. You can also ask the bus drivers.)

The sail may vary in time depending on the day (from June to November) and be sure to book in advance (registration online and way more info here.)

A few quick facts from SAFR about the Alma Sail:

• U.S. Coast Guard certified vessel
• Maximum 37 passengers per trip
• Varied conditions possible - be prepared for cold, wind, spray and bright sun.
• Trip may be cancelled due to weather, or other safety concerns, at discretion of the captain.
• Vessel is wheelchair accessible with assistance.

For more detailed information about the Alma, check out SAFR's website here!

P.S. The rangers are amazing (like any ranger in any NP). I worked with some of them for 3 months so feel free to test their knowledge, they'll love a good challenge.

P.S.S. I'm sure you'll be hungry after this adventure! The best part is that you'll have all the options in the world right at Fisherman's Wharf. If you're not feeling a sit down, you got fast foods like In-N-Out and Chipotle, and if you're not feeling any of that there's street venders, grocery stores, etc. etc. 

There's perks to the city, eh?

Pack List

  • Water
  • Snack/lunch
  • Camera
  • Wind breaker
  • Student readiness!
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Activities Chillin, Photography
Skill Level Beginner
Season Summer, Autumn
Features
Bathrooms
Beach
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Groups
Handicap Accessible
Scenic

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