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Angel Island State Park, San Francisco Bay 's largest natural island, provides some of the best views of the bay area. Angel Island is truly a hidden gem in the metropolitan bay area with excellent walking routes and many other entertainment opportunities readily available.


Angel Island is also a time stroll! The Angel Island was a seasonal hunting and gathering place for the local native tribes starting with the first to the coast Miwok and a safe haven and supply stop for Spanish explorers including Juan Manuel de Ayala who was one of the first to map San Francisco Bay.


Between 1910 and 1940, hundreds of thousands of refugees, most of them from China, have been processed by the immigration station. Japanese and German PIs were captured in the station during World War II before being transported to more inland facilities.


The island is a cattle ranch and the island has almost hundred years of military history, starting with the Civil War at Camp Reynolds. Those who returned to and begun to conflict worldwide processed thousands of troops through Angel Island with the outbreaks of WWI and WWII. The last military service of the island was used as home to a Nike missile base in the '50's and' 60s.


In 1954 the California State Park transition began from Angel Island. The park visitors had the first chance to enjoy the beauty of this beautiful Island, beginning with Ayala Cove on the west side of the island. At the beginning of the 1960s, the army's final withdrawal rendered the remainder of the island of Angel to become park lands.


Things To Know Before You Go


  • On the island dogs are NOT allowed, except for service pets. The use of animals not included in the American Disability Act (ADA) does not require emotional care of children.

  • Everything in the park, including mushrooms, should be gathered or destroyed.

  • On Angel Island bicycles are permitted and helmets must be worn for any rider under the age of 18 years. Fahrrad rental is seasonally accessible.

  • It is forbidden for roller skates, roller blades, skateboards and scooters.

  • In campsiten, charcoal grills or camp stoves, no timber fires are allowed.

  • In certain park-safety and public safety areas night travel is banned after sunset on the island.

Check out our list of the Top 9 San Francisco Hidden Gems. We introduce more information about each on the following pages:  

  • Sutro Baths Ruins and Cave

  • Land's End Labyrinth

  • The Wave Organ

  • The Vulcan Stairs

  • Yerba Buena Garden Sculptures

  • Seward Mini Park

  • Telegraph Hill Parrots

  • Musee Mecanique

  • Angel Island State Park

All of these wonderful locations are located just a short drive from our location near Downtown Walnut Creek, California on Locust Street. Stop by for a visit anytime!

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