The Blue and Gold Fleet Bay Cruise is a nice way to learn a little history about the area. On a nice day, what could be nicer than time spent on the water?
However, be warned. The piped-in tour narrator's voice is not always easy to hear, and the wind can get a little chilly in San Francisco.
The day of my tour, I at first tried sitting inside downstairs near the snack bar. There are windows through which to view the sites, and it was much warmer away from the wind. However, I could not hear the tour narration, so I moved outside to the deck. Eventually I found a seat on the top level near the speaker where the sound came in the best, and I leaned back for a pleasant ride.
During the one hour tour, the boat makes a large circle of the bay past Angel Island and Alcatraz. Once I could hear the tape, I really enjoyed listening to the history of the area. I wished I had had more time so that I could have taken a ride over to Angel Island to enjoy the hiking available there. As I had not taken an Alcatraz tour, it was nice to cruise close by in the Blue and Gold boat. There is only so much of the infamous prison that you can see from the shoreline. I especially enjoyed going underneath the Golden Gate Bridge and hearing about its amazing history. It truly is a feat of engineering!
The cruise was a nice way to see part of the city. Boats are fun for kids, too, so I would suggest adding a cruise to a visit of Fisherman's Wharf.