There are bicycle & Segway rentals as well as Tram tours. Mac-n-cheese is served at The Cafe.
We went to Angel Island with friends, 6 adults and 7 kids ranging from the age of 1 to 13. We decided not to take the tram or shuttle. We took the stairs and road to the Immigration Station. We visited it with a ranger. It is 2 dollars extra from taking the self-guided tour and it is well worth the extra 2 bucks. It was SO interesting. You get a more in-depth visit. We then decided to hike to the top of Mount Livermore. We went through the short way (road and trail) and went down via the long way. The view from the top is unbeatable, So worth it. Going down the trail was beautiful, in the middle of nature with beautiful views. Be careful with the timing as in our case, we missed the last ferry to SAn Francisco and we had to go to Tiburon (at an extra cost) and then SF. But we would not have done it otherwise as we really enjoyed taking our time. And a stop at Tiburon is always a nice one.
We went to Angel Island to spend a day. We took a lunch and hiked to the top with two little kids. They made it all the way, but we heard a lot of complaining. It was a hot day in October and we had to shed all our jackets, but then we needed them later for the ride home on the boat. The views from the top are wonderful. The boat ride is fun. On the way home we stood in the front and all got blown away.
We biked Angel Island on Labor Day, and it was surprisingly wonderful! You take a ferry to the island and can rent bikes close to the dock. I was a little concerned going into the ride as I hadn't been on a bike in 4 years, but it was a fairly easy ride! The views were beautiful, and the history of the island was fascinating. Definitely a must-see.
There are miles of hiking trails and mountain biking roads on this breezy island, plus gull’s-eye views of three bridges and the skylines of the Bay Area. Among the historic
sites are an ancient Miwok hunting ground, a cattle ranch, and a U.S. prisoner-of-war camp. The easy way to learn some history and get some fresh air is to take the narrated
tour in an open-air tram. Tram tours: adults $$$; ages 6 to
12 $$; under 5 free.
Mountain bikes are available to rent, and you can take sea kayaking tours conducted around the island with historical and ecological interpretation. Have an espresso and a light lunch on the deck of the cafe, or bring a picnic and sit on the lawn to watch sailboats and freighters gliding by. Environmental campsites (800–444–7275). No dogs, skateboards, or in-line skates are allowed.
Whether you like biking or hiking or walking, the views just can't be beat! We always have so much fun bringing friends to Angel Island, or just going as a family. If you want, you can camp on Angel Island, but you must make reservations ahead of time. We usually stay for hours at a time and bring a picnic lunch and snacks to eat while enjoy the fabulous views of Marin, San Francisco and the East Bay. Sometimes it can be cool and foggy, so wearing layers is a good idea. There is a small beach with picnic tables. Our kids have enjoyed learning the history of the island, but they're favorite part is being let loose to run or bike around the island. We never tire of visiting Angel Island.