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Oakland Bay Bridge

Oakland Bay Bridge
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Type of Attraction
Buildings & Monuments
Interests That Apply
Engineering, Architecture, Science, Photography, History
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Price: $0-$5
There is toll fee if you plan on crossing the bridge.
Is there parking?: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Water/Drinks: NOT available at this attraction or nearby.
Eating: This is NOT a good place to get a meal or snack.
Restrooms: Not Available
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Oakland Bay Bridge

Bay Bridge

San Fran's 'Other' Important Bridge

Must See

Embarcadero and Hwy 80
San Francisco, CA 94105


It's pretty fair to see why the Golden State Bridge as easily solidified itself as the bridge of San Francisco, but that would go without acknowledging the structural marvel that is the Oakland Bay Bridge. Part suspension bridge with a double-decker roadways, part tunnel, and part cantilever bridge, the Oakland Bay Bridge stretches over an impressive 8.4 miles separated into an eastern and western span via Yerba Buena Island. Officially named the James 'Sunny Jim' Rolph Bridge, it was opened in 1936 and sees nearly a quarter million vehicles per day. Amazingly, the bridge has held up very well, including after the 1989 earthquake when repairs to the bridge were made within a month and safer than ever. While it may not be the golden poster child of San Francisco, a distinction held for the Golden Gate, the Oakland Bay Bridge is still equally as awesome, especially at night when the bridge is lit up by miles of lights.

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Times & Dates

Open Hours: 24 hrs
Visit Time: 30min-1hr
Average Wait Time: None
Price: $0-$5
Price Notes: There is toll fee if you plan on crossing the bridge.


Outdoor with little or no covering.

Age Recommendations/Requirements

Ages Admitted: Infants/Toddlers (0-3yrs), Children (4-8yrs), Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Ages that would most enjoy this attraction: Infants/Toddlers (0-3yrs), Children (4-8yrs), Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Groups that would most enjoy this attraction: Couples, Families, Friends, Groups, Solo Travelers


Best Modes of Transportation: Walking
Notes: Take a walk to get all kinds of views of the bridge.
Parking Availability: No
Notes: Parking is not available at the bridge, but there are many places to park and take a look at the bridge near the Embarcadero or Coit Tower.

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