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Immigration Station and Angel Island Tour Information

Current as of January 2, 2014

GENERAL INFORMATION - (415) 435-5537
TOUR RESERVATION -  
tours.angelisland@parks.ca.gov

The U.S. Immigration Station is approximately a 1.5 mile walk from the ferry dock at Ayala Cove. Use of Northridge Trail, including the 144 steps to Perimeter Road is the shortest and most direct way to the Immigration Station.

GENERAL MUSEUM ADMISSION

Museum Hours:                Open 7 Days a week        April 1 through October 31     
                                        11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Weekdays)
                                        11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Weekends)

                                        Wednesday - Sunday       November 1 - March 31
                                        11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Admission Fees:              Adults (18 & Over)             $5.00
                                        Youth (6-17 Years)            $3.00
                                        Child (5 & Under)               Free

GUIDED TOURS
Subject to change at anytime.

Tour reservations are available for groups of 5 or more.
 
TOUR SCHEDULE
Tours departure times: 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., & 1:45 p.m.

The 1:45 p.m. tour option is available on weekends or for school groups with advanced reservations. (Nov 1 - Mar 31)

All first-come, first-served tour tickets for the visiting public are $7.00 per person and may be purchased at the Immigration Station, if space is available.

Admission fee payment can be made at the USIS. CASH or CHECK ONLY

Getting to the United States Immigration Station (USIS)

The ferry ride is the beginning of your journey to the USIS, once on the island visitors must travel about one mile to the grounds of the USIS.  There are three different options described below.

Hiking
The shortest route is to walk up the Northridge Trail (trail head at Ayala Cove dock area), the trail starts off with 140 trail stairs, turn left when you reach the paved Perimeter Road and travel approximately one mile along the road to the USIS.  The USIS is on the left side and there are signs to direct you down the hill into the site. 
Approximate walking time: 30-40 minutes

To avoid the stairs walk towards the Visitor Center in Ayala Cove and follow the road up the hill, turning left when the road 'T's, the walk is approximately 1.5 miles.
Approximate walking time: 1 hour

Biking
Follow the green "Bike Route" signs from Ayala Cove up to the Perimeter Road, make a sharp left (u-turn) at the top of the bike trail and continue on the Perimeter Road until you reach the USIS.  Visitors should expect to bike 1½ miles to the USIS, bicycles must be secured at the top of the hill into the site.  Due to steep terrain and vehicle traffic, bicycles are not permitted on the USIS grounds. 
Approximate biking time: 20 minutes

Immigration Shuttle
Immigration shuttle service is available for a fee, to and from Ayala Cove (ferry landing) and the USIS.  Designed to get you there in time for scheduled tours and pick you up after the tour is completed. Contact the Angel Island Company at www.angelisland.com for cost and schedule.  (Don't confuse the shuttle with the tram!  The tram is a one hour tour around the island, the shuttle is a ride to the USIS.)

OFF-SEASON SHUTTLE
The Angel Island Company has a limited schedule from November thru February, if you have special accessibility needs getting to the USIS please contact the Angel Island Company at least 1 week in advance.

Camp Reynolds Guided Tour

DESCRIPTION: Did you know California played a role in the Civil War? Visit some of the oldest buildings on Angel Island, and learn about the life of a soldier during the late 1800s! Groups tour a Civil War era Bake House and Victorian home. Optional cannon firing by request!

Tour Capacity:
        5-40 People
Tour Length:            Approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes (including cannon firing)
Availability:              Year-round with advance reservations, except Mondays & Tuesdays.

Appropriate for 4th grade and up. Plan for a 30-minute walk one-way (1 mile) to the site from Ayala Cove.

Fort McDowell Guided Tour

DESCRIPTION: Tour the Chapel and Guard House of this WWI, WWII, and Nike Missile army base. Learn about the Island’s unique military history and how soldiers and their families spent their time while stationed on Angel Island.

Tour Capacity:         5-40 people
Tour Length:            Approx. 1 hour.
Availability:              Year-round with advance reservations, except Mondays & Tuesdays.

Appropriate for 4th grade and up. Plan for a 45 minute walk one-way (1.5 miles) to this site from Ayala Cove.

Explorer's Tour

DESCRIPTION: Learn how Angel Island got its name, and about the first Spanish explorers to enter the San Francisco Bay. Each student will get to draw their own map of an island, role-play as historic characters and more!


Tour Capacity:         5-40 people
Tour Length:            Approx. 45 minutes.
Availability:              Year-round with advance reservations, except Mondays & Tuesdays.
Appropriate for K-4th graders. This tour is offered in Ayala Cove.

Guided Hiking or Biking Tour

DESCRIPTION: Hike to the top of Angel Island or explore a trail with park staff or docent. Learn about the unique natural and cultural history of Angel Island and the surrounding
Bay Area.

Availabilty: Year-round with advance reservations

Tour capacity, length, and appropriateness depend on the trail and the ability of the group and hike leader. If you have a specific area of interest, please let us know at the time you make your reservation request. Please note that bikes are not provided.

CIVIL WAR LIVING HISTORY SCHOOL PROGRAM (ELP)

DESCRIPTION: The Overnight Living History Program (also known as the Environmental Living Program or ELP) gives students a chance to role-play the life of Union artillery soldiers stationed at Camp Reynolds on Angel Island during the Civil War. Through hands-on experience, students learn what life was like for 24-hours in a typical soldier’s day, including activities such as baking bread and finishing with a cannon firing before they depart. (A mandatory Teacher Training Weekend is held in September)

 

Program Capacity                     20-44 People (No more than 11 adults)
Program Length:                       24 hours
Program Availability:                 September to mid-June.

Appropriate for  4th, 5th, and 8th grade levels.

Additional Information:              Plan for a 30-minute walk one-way (1 mile) to the site from Ayala Cove. Applications go out in early spring for the following school year. For more information about this program, contact the program coordinator at: elp.angelisland@parks.ca.gov

Guided Tour Fee & Transportation Information

GENERAL INFORMATION - (415) 435-5537
TOUR RESERVATION - tours.angelisland@parks.ca.gov

Tour reservations are available for groups of 5 or more.

Reservations can be made up to six (6) months ahead and no less than three (3) weeks in advance. Groups must be between 5 and 30 people to make a reservation. (School Groups have a maximum of 35 people per tour.)


TOUR FEES
For reservations, please email tours.angelisland@parks.ca.gov

Reserved School Groups:
Grades: K-12
Tour maximum: 35 people (including chaperones)
Cost per person: $3
Tour Length: approx. 1 hour

Non-School Groups:
Tour maximum: 30 people
Cost per person: $7 adults, $5 children (5-11yrs.)
Tour Length: approx. 1 hour 20 minutes


Payment for tours are by 
CASH or CHECK ONLY.


FERRY SCHEDULES

Ferry Schedules Ferry schedules are subject to change, check the tour times and ferry schedule carefully- contact the ferry company for details.

Tiburon
Angel Island-Tiburon Ferry Company
www.angelislandferry.com

San Francisco
Blue & Gold Fleet
www.blueandgoldfleet.com

Oakland and Alameda (SUMMER weekends only)
Blue & Gold Fleet
www.blueandgoldfleet.com