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Educator Package: Includes educational resources, interactive project ideas, trip organization, direct experiential opportunities to help better connect the experience with your students and complimentary chaperone ticket. Does not include student ticket.


Student Package: Includes engaging pre and post educational visit activities, trip organization and student ticket.


What better way to immerse yourself in Angel Island’s history than by experiencing it!

About Angel Island

Originally home to the Coast Miwok Native Americans, Angel Island eventually got its name from a Spanish explorer in 1775. Nearly 140 years later, it is known as "Ellis Island of the West”, although it functioned very differently from its New York counterpart. While Ellis Island served as a processing center primarily for European immigrants who faced relatively few obstacles when it came to entering the United States, by contrast, many of the immigrants who came through Angel Island during 1910-1940, were from Asian countries, primarily China, and were subjected to lengthy interrogations, months to years long detentions, unsanitary conditions and separation from their spouses and children - due in part to the rising anti-Asian sentiment that originated with the start of the California Gold Rush. Those who were forced to stay in detention often wrote poems of sorrow, anger and hope on the walls, which are still legible today.

Before Angel Island was an immigration station, it was used to quarantine and screen passengers and their baggage prior to landing on U.S. soil. During World War II, Japanese, and German POWs were detained at the Immigration Station before being sent to facilities further inland. With the outbreaks of WWI and WWII, thousands of troops both returning and embarking for conflicts around the world were processed through Angel Island. In the '50s and '60s, it was home to a Nike missile base. It was the military's last occupation of the island and there are still remnants of old military bunkers throughout.


Tram Tour Add On


Sit back, relax, and enjoy the amazing views offered by the open-air tram tour. While you ride around the island, a history-rich audio recording offers fascinating historical and current-day information about various sites on Angel Island. The Angel Island tram stops at Battery Ledyard, one of the best photo opportunities in the bay area. The backdrop is the entire skyline of San Francisco, Alcatraz, and The Golden Gate Bridge.

The last stop on our insightful tour is the Immigration Museum Station, where you can enjoy some time exploring by hopping off the tram at that last stop. You can walk back to the Ayala Cove (mild-medium exertion, approximately one mile walk or shorter with the 140 terraced dirt steps directly to the ferry dock), or hop back on a tram/shuttle passing if there is room.


*Ferry rides are operated by Angel Island Tiburon Ferry. All packages include round trip ferry ride to and from the island.

Angel Island State Park

PriceFrom $35.00
  • Please use the information on this page (package type, venue name, price, etc.) to submit an order request with your school. Once your order is approved, your school will forward the request to us. We will then reach out to you with instructions on how to finalize your trip details and access accompanying resources. Once finalized, you will receive your e-tickets and any additional materials directly to your inbox within 1-3 business days. If you don't see our email(s), please check your spam folder prior to contacting us.


    To ensure a smooth process, it is generally recommended to submit your order with your school AT LEAST 10 business days prior to your trip date, unless you are booking a venue that requires more advanced planning. *Please be mindful of your school's processing times and plan accordingly.

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