Picnic at Sea

Picnic at Sea: Bring a home-packed meal, some adult beverages, and your favorite companions, and get on board a 90-minute floating feast where you're likely to meet more locals than tourists. The Angel Island Ferry starts its Friday and Saturday sunset picnic cruises tomorrow, May 4.

Presidio Pleaser: Choosing a good hike in the Presidio is like picking a great restaurant in San Francisco—there are so many excellent options! This 2.5-mile loop in the Presidio's southwest corner takes you through restored sand dunes and up to a great vantage, with plenty of classic highlights along the way.

Kirby Your Enthusiasm: Just west of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin is one of the Bay's most accessible secluded beaches: Kirby Cove. The gate blocking the 1-mile fire road to the cove can dissuade tourists, but hike or bike past it and make your way down to claim a picnic table or park a blanket on Kirby's coarse sand.

Reach for the Skyline: Caution: Sweeping views of Bay icons (the San Francisco skyline, Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge) make it hard to keep your eyes focused in front of you for this scenic East Bay road ride in the hills. The moderate 29-mile loop is enjoyable for first-timers and roadie warhorses alike.

New Bridge in Town!: The Marin Headland's Point Bonita Lighthouse has opened back up just in time for the Golden Gate Bridge's birthday. Every Saturday through Monday you can visit the lighthouse via its brand-new bridge. Point Bonita is also taking reservations for its first full-moon hike of the year, Sunday, June 3. Reservations are required by calling the Marin Headlands Visitor Center (and space fills very fast!).