Best Things To Do On Treasure Island, San Francisco
Named after the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson (a San Francisco resident), Treasure Island was created specifically for the 1939 Golden Gate International Expo. The best part of visiting the island is the impossibly short commute from SF — a 10-minute ride from the city.
What makes Treasure Island a recreation lover’s dream is the raised walkway, which encircles it, making the island ideal for cycling, walking, and observing wildlife, like the resident sea lions. It’s an insider secret that one of the best views of the SF skyline is from Treasure Island at Clipper Cove. It’s also home to a winery or two, a sailing school, a museum, cool restaurants & a mega-popular monthly flea market.
How to Get to Treasure Island
As we said, Treasure Island is a ten-minute drive from SF or the East Bay. It’s about 30 minutes to an hour away from Marin and South Bay.
Pay attention — the exit is sneaky. Stay in your left lane and then turn left onto Treasure Island from the Bay Bridge. If you’re taking public transportation (easier, no parking!) take Muni 108.
Iconic San Francisco Vista
Head here for the best views. Tucked in a small cover next to the yacht harbor, is hidden Clipper Cove Beach, reached by taking a steep wooden staircase down.
The moon-shaped beach, protected with eucalyptus trees, offers stunning views. From this hidden stretch of beach, the Bay Bridge appears close enough to touch. Across the water you can also see Berkeley campus and Sather Tower. The best time to come is in the morning before the trees shade the beach.
Treasure Island San Francisco Attractions
The Flea Market
Launched to support local artists and artisans in 2011, it quickly grew to become one of the Bay Area’s largest gathering of artists, collectors, designers, crafters & food trucks.
Come for the flea market and stay for the music, local wines, beers, and cocktails. Shopper love to pick up original, quirky artwork, antiques, vintage & re-purposed apparel. There’s also a kid zone with petting zoos, pony rides & magic. The market happens the last weekend of every month. Check the website for details.
The Treasure Island Museum
Learn all the fascinating facts about this manmade island at the funky Art Deco museum. Here you’ll discover nifty facts on how the island was built and with what (hint, mud!) and what might happen to the mud-made island during the next earthquake. In a word, the island will liquefy! You’ll also discover rich details about the 1939-40 World’s Fair where it all started plus naval history.
Fat Grape Winery
Love wine but allergic to sulfites? Fat Grape founder & winemaker, Patrick Bowe discovered a way around his allergies by making sulfite-free wines. Housed in a former Navy prison, Fat Grape makes many delicious varieties of sulfite-free wine; Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel, Old Vine Zinfandel, Petite Syrah. Visit the winery, have a barrel tasting and maybe bring home a souvenir bottle
Wine Tasting at Treasure Island Wines
There seems to be a lot of wine tasting on Treasure Island. TSI is a serious urban winery dedicated to making luxury artisan wines. On the tasting menu is cabernet sauvignon from Mendocino County, merlot and zinfandel from Sonoma County, and a delightful rosé from the North Coast. They also host several fun special events during the year including Vines & Valentines, Harvest Howl & Winter Solstice. Established in 2007, the tasting room is open weekends.
Treasure Island Sailing Center
This non-profit organization is open to the public and invites everyone to learn to sail and how to navigate the water safely. Since 1999, they have helped over 10,000 young people learn how to sail. How cool is that? With their fleet of 100+ boats, you’re sure to find a course to help you sail, kayak or paddleboard in the bay.
Treasure Island Bar & Grill
After beachcombing, museum touring, flea market shopping, wine tasting or sailing lessons, head here for authentic tacos & burritos and margaritas at the popular outdoor patio. Heat lamps are also in service when the fog rolls in.