The 6 Best Gate Bridge Tours – Drive, Walk, Fly, Cycle, Cruise

Why merely drive your rental car across the mighty Golden Gate Bridge when you can glide over it in a seaplane, cycle over it on a bicycle with a guide, ride aboard a fire truck for a zooming good time, or enjoy a four-course dinner while cruising under the bridge?

We've selected the most popular and dynamic tours that include the Golden Gate Bridge. Choose one tour or even a couple tours, since each offers a unique way to enjoy the most-famous landmark of the City By The Bay.

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Golden Gate Seaplane Tour

Golden Gate Seaplane Tour

Imagine this! — A seaplane takes you out over the Pacific Coast and then circles back over the Golden Gate Bridge. You fly over the bridge and then buzz over the city for up-close-and-personal views of the Financial District, Union Square, along the waterfront to Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf, and then out to Alcatraz, Angel Island and over the quaint towns of Sausalito, Tiburon and Belvedere.

Every seat on the seaplane is a window seat, guaranteeing the best views of the deep blue Pacific Ocean, and the majesty of the Bridge.

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This was one of the most wonderful things my husband and I have ever done, and we have travelled to more than 50 countries! Our pilot was superb and gave a comprehensive and interesting narration. We flew low all over the Bay Area and right over the city, even flying between the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge, I would highly recommend this trip."
– 5-Star Review

Golden Gate Helicopter Tour

Golden Gate Helicopter Tour

Are you more of a helicopter person than an airplane person? Then consider the Vista Grande Helicopter Tour.

Your pilot takes you over the Golden Gate Bridge, taking his time to show you the bridge from several angles. Then you fly north towards Marin County and back again to pass over over Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf and other dazzling SF landmarks. Your pilot relates the history of the city and the making of the bridge while you take in all the sights.

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The day was perfect, the views spectacular, and the ride up, over and under the Golden Gate Bridge was breathtaking!! This flight was awesome and worth every penny!!"
– 5-Star Review

Golden Gate Bridge Bike Tour

Golden Gate Bridge Bike Tour

Hop on a bicycle and explore the city— but start by gliding across the Golden Gate Bridge. You'll see so much more on a bike than you do from a car. (And it's so much faster than walking!) An expert, local guide leads the way, so all you have to do is enjoy the ride. Once you're on the other side of the bridge, it's easy cycling to get to the sleepy, waterfront village of Sausalito.

At the end of your three-hour guided tour, you can keep the bikes and helmets and continue your adventure for the rest of the day. Your guide will leave you a detailed cycling path map to get you back to San Francisco where you can ride through Presidio, Ocean Beach and Golden Gate Park. There's a wide selection of bicycles, helmets and maps for your cycling adventure.

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We had an amazing time! Our tour guide…was the BEST! so informative and just took the extra time to get to know each of us… His knowledge of the area and the history was amazing."
– 5-Star Review

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Big Red Fire Engine Tour

Big Red Fire Engine Tour

Just imagine telling the folks back home about your ride over the Golden Gate Bridge in a shiny red fire engine!

The big red Mack fire engine takes you to The Presidio over the Golden Gate Bridge and into Sausalito. The authentic vintage fire engine has been retrofitted with the state-of-the-art safety equipement. So fasten your seat belts and don your firefighter jackets for one of funnest tours in the city.

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This was so fun!!! The girls who run this are fantastic!! So funny and entertaining! …We are 45-50 yrs old and enjoyed every minute. How many times in your life are you going to ride across the most beautiful bridge in the world in an open air fire truck??!!!"
– 5-Star Review

Golden Gate Dinner Dance Cruise

Golden Gate Dinner Dance Cruise

Watch the sun set over the Bay — Alcatraz, Angel Island, Tiburon and Sausalito — before you approach the highlight of the evening, sailing directly under the Golden Gate Bridge.

The evening starts with cocktails on deck. Then, as you glide by the Bay Bridge, piers and skyline, you're dining on a multi-course meal prepared on board by a team of chefs. After dinner the band plays live music from today and yesterday. Hit the dance floor or slip outdoors to an observation deck to admire the memorable city skyline.

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Awesome night with perfect weather, great music, and tasty food. The whole experience was enjoyable from being welcomed onto the ship and taken care of by the staff. We opted for a window seat, which was totally worth it!! What a great way to enjoy some food and wine with someone you enjoy, all the while getting a commentary on the local sights. Going under the Golden Gate bridge was timed just at sunset. Again what a great experience!"
– 5-Star Review

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San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruise

San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruise

Relax as you enjoy views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge as the sun sets in the horizon. The sailings are timed to match the sunsets — the summer and winter cruises take different routes and have varying departure times to catch the magic twilight hour.

Take in the vista while the captain gives you some history as you pass by Alcatraz, Angel Island and the rugged Pacific coast shoreline. There's a hearty buffet where you can choose antipasti, fresh fruit and salads, local cheeses, pizza breadsticks, freshly baked cookies and beverages.

You can enjoy the scenery from inside the ship's heated areas, or on the outdoor viewing deck (our favorite). It's a California casual cruise, there's no formal dress required and no assigned seating.

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For the price this tour was a steal. This tour was absolutely fantastic. Great cruise, great food and drinks, great scenery, great entertainment and a great history lesson. You could not ask for anything better."
– 5-Star Review

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