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Nature Lover's Experience: Muir Woods Tour with Aquarium Visit

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San Francisco, United States
Nature Lover's Experience: Muir Woods Tour with Aquarium Visit

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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Visit two Bay Area attractions dedicated to California's natural environment on this half-day tour from San Francisco. First, head over the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Woods National Monument to see the coastal redwood trees. Then return to the city, via Sausalito, for a visit to Aquarium of the Bay, home to marine life from the waters of San Francisco Bay. Select a morning or afternoon departure time when booking.
  • Tour to Muir Woods National Monument and Sausalito
  • See some of the tallest trees in the world as you explore the grove of ancient redwoods
  • Pass through the the coastal town of Sausalito
  • Learn about the marine life of San Francisco Bay with included admission to the Aquarium of the Bay at Pier 39

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

From towering redwoods to Pacific marine life, explore two of California's amazing ecosystems in one day.
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Entrance fee to Muir Woods National Monument (US $15)
Admission to Aquarium of the Bay
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Driver/guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Food and drinks
Gratuities

Departure Point

288 Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

Corner of Beach St & Mason St (adjacent to Hotel Zephyr) @ Fisherman's Wharf

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

PIER 39 The Embarcadero &, Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
After meeting at Fisherman's Wharf, your tour starts with the drive north from San Francisco, crossing the Golden Gate Bridge to reach Muir Woods National Monument, a grove of ancient coastal redwoods located in a tranquil canyon. As you walk along the paths through the forest, stare up at the towering trees, reaching up to 260 feet tall (79 meters), which thrive on the cool misty air in this part of California.

Next, return to the coach for the drive back toward the city, detouring through the bayside town of Sausalito. The village is a favorite destination, known for its restaurants and picturesque waterfront scenery. If you wish, you have the option to extend your time here on your own and add on a ferry ride to get back to the city, instead of taking the coach.

When you return to San Francisco, you are free to visit the Aquarium of the Bay with your included admission. At this marine center on Pier 39, see the fish and other aquatic life of the local waters, such as moon jellyfish, Pacific sea nettles, anchovies, sea bass, and sea stars. Walk through near-shore habitats and a clear tunnel that displays the deeper waters of the bay.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Tower Tours - San Francisco Sightseeing Specialist
Departure location
Pass By:  
Golden Gate Bridge
Scenic drive north over the the Golden Gate Bridge.
Stop At:  
Muir Woods National Monument
Venture north over the Golden Gate Bridge to an isolated canyon filled with ancient coastal redwood trees, also known as Muir Woods National Monument. Enjoy solitude and peace, through the cool, moist air, as you stroll through 1000-year-old trees towering 260 feet tall. Experience the awe and wonder as you are treated through Northern California’s signature fog, while you wander in and out of the Mother Nature’s redwood alleyways. The canopy of coastal redwoods soaring above will stimulate all of your senses as you journey through a piece of ancient California history. You will never forget the crisp, fresh redwood fragrance that will surround you on your journey to the majestic Muir Woods National Monument. Entrance fee into Muir Woods included in the tour; Enjoy up to 1.5 hours in Muir Woods is included. (Departure times available at 9:00am, 11:00am, 2:00pm)
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Sausalito Boardwalk
Lastly, enjoy a scenic drive through the quaint seaside town of Sausalito – a Mediterranean-like village harbored across the San Francisco Bay, famous for its sweeping views, timeless sophistication, local boutiques and cafes. Ferry ticket return to San Francisco not included, but can be added for an additional $13.00.
Pass By:  
Fisherman's Wharf
Tour ends at Fisherman's Wharf. Enjoy time to dine for lunch at one of the many seafood restaurants or do some shopping for one-of-a-kind souvenirs. (Leisure time)
Stop At:  
Aquarium of the Bay
Enjoy a visit to the Aquarium of the Bay to experience the local marine life beneath San Francisco.  The Aquarium of the Bay at Pier 39 focuses on restoring the the local habitat of San Francisco and her marine life. Experience the awe and wonder of the Aquarium's jellies habitat, featuring Moon Jellies and Pacific Sea Nettles. Continuing on, in the crystal aqua tunnel you'll see a dynamic near-shore habitat that includes swirling schools of Anchovies, giant Sea Bass and colorful Sea Stars; and explore the deeper waters of San Francisco Bay in the second crystal clear tunnel habitat.This day trip will surely give you the best experience of San Francisco Bay's wildlife and marine culture!  (2 Hours average time, you are welcome to stay longer or shorter)
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Open ticket for Aquarium of the Bay, use any time during the day (hours of operation may vary)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tower Tours - San Francisco's Sightseeing Specialist
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Nature Lover's Experience: Muir Woods Tour with Aquarium Visit?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Nature Lover's Experience: Muir Woods Tour with Aquarium Visit.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Nature Lover's Experience: Muir Woods Tour with Aquarium Visit?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Nature Lover's Experience: Muir Woods Tour with Aquarium Visit.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Nature Lover's Experience: Muir Woods Tour with Aquarium Visit?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Nature Lover's Experience: Muir Woods Tour with Aquarium Visit.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Nature Lover's Experience: Muir Woods Tour with Aquarium Visit?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Nature Lover's Experience: Muir Woods Tour with Aquarium Visit.

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Cheryl_B
, Feb 2020
Booked 2pm tour. Paid no refundable fees. Tour company was supposed to pick us up but called to say they could not. Also told us we had to meet them at 11:30 or we would t have time to see aquarium which was one of the events. Terrible customer service with Tower Tours. Ruined our morning and cost us an extra $30 to catch a cab to their pickup spot. Would not recommend. They do not deliver what is advertised.
star-5
Great Tour
rob_s
, Dec 2018
Vlad was a great tour guide and provided funny, interesting and informative commentary. The tour was ans amazing way to connect with nature.
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Muir Woods (Yeah) and Aquarium (Ehh)
, Jul 2018
We did the Muir Woods and Aquarium of the Bay combo. The Muir Woods tour was awesome. The driver was polite, knowledgeable, had great stories, and was an excellent driver considering the narrow, curvey roads to Muir Woods. We had enough time to explore all of main trails of Muir Woods, the gift shop, and bathroom before returning to the bus. Then we drove through Salsalito, which was nice. When we returned to the travel office by the Wharf, we used the voucher to go the the Aquarium of the Bay. It was underwhelming but the Muir Woods tour more than made up for the Aquarium’s shortcomings.

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