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Take the Ferry to Fleet Week

By Janet Levaux
Thursday, October 8th, 2009 at 11:16 am in Uncategorized.

Alameda Ferry Terminal by Flickr user Nathan Jongewaard under Creative Commons attribution license

Photo of Alameda Ferry Terminal by Flickr user Nathan Jongewaard under Creative Commons attribution license

For those Alamedans looking for a fun, easy way to get to Fleet Week, try the ferry!

The Alameda/Oakland Ferry Service has added ferry service for the Fleet Week weekend, October 10-11.

The annual Fleet Week celebration, which features weekend air shows and the popular Parade of Ships, is expected to draw thousands of spectators to the San Francisco waterfront. To accommodate anticipated demand and provide the best views on the Bay, the ferry will run 18 roundtrips per day, compared to the usual nine.

The Air Shows take place on Saturday and Sunday from 12:30-3 p.m., with the Blue Angels scheduled from 3-4 p.m. Their will also be practice shows on Friday, October 9.

The expanded schedule offers hourly departures beginning at 9:00 a.m. and concluding with a 10:30 p.m. East Bay departure to San Francisco. In addition, there is service to Angel Island State Park on both Saturday and Sunday. There is no weekend service from Harbor Bay Island.

The Alameda/Oakland Ferry operates between the Alameda Main Street Ferry Terminal, Oakland’s Jack London Square, the San Francisco Ferry Building, and San Francisco’s Pier 39/Fisherman’s Wharf. In addition, the ferry provides service to Angel Island State Park on weekends.

The Alameda Ferry Terminal is located at 2990 Main Street, and free parking is available adjacent to the terminal. The Oakland Ferry Terminal is located at 530 Water Street, near the intersection of Clay Street and the Embarcadero, in Jack London Square. Tickets are purchased onboard the ferry.

One-way fares are: adults, $6.25; juniors ages 5 to 12 years old, $3.25; seniors and disabled persons, $3.75; and children under 5 years old, free.

Speaking of Fleet Week …

Video of Blue Angels taken by Flickr user Mat Honan under Creative Commons attribution license

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