1. Pretend you’re a pirate
Hop aboard the historic 60-foot scow schooner Alma this summer for an unforgettable spin around the bay. Perfect for those who turn green at sea, Alma is flat and wide and provides an all-around smooth sail. Through November 18, the National Park Service gives four-hour outings aboard this unique vessel that was crafted in 1891. In addition to dramatic vistas, you get insight into local history, including Spanish explorers and the Gold Rush.
2 Marina Blvd, Building E (415-447-5000, nps.gov). $20–$40.