In-Person Field Trips at Angel Island

See Angel Island in person!

Bring your group to the second largest immigration station in the U.S.

Now called the Detention Barracks Museum, students will see inscriptions left by the immigrants detained here. Mainstream history covers Ellis Island, but what happened at the “Guardian of the Western Gate” is often left out.

All tours have a maximum size of 30, and the Guided Tour is for 4th grade and up. Self Guided Experiences are for all ages. For groups larger than 30, you will need to book additional tour time slots. Exceptions for 4th-12th grade school groups which have a maximum of 40 people.

Fees and Payment (Does not include the ferry.)

For K-12 school groups, the cost for a guided or self-guided tour is $3 per person for both students and adult chaperones.

For all other groups, self-guided tours are $5 per adult and $3 per youth (5-17 years), free under 5 years. Guided tours are $7 per adult and $5 per youth (5-17 years), free under 5 years.

Payment must be made on the day of your visit by cash, credit card, or check (payable to California State Parks). We do not accept American Express.

Scholarships are available for some schools through our non-profit partners:

Angel Island Conservancy

Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation


Make a reservation by contacting the ferry company of your choice:

From San Francisco:

From Tiburon:

For K-12 schools your contact information will be sent to the ferry company after you complete your reservation. You may then reach out to them directly to reserve your discounted ferry tickets for your group.


Once you arrive on the island, please check in with park staff for a brief orientation before heading over to the immigration station site.

Hike to Immigration Grounds

It is a 1-mile walk from the ferry dock and includes approximately 140 trail stairs. Plan on 30-40 minutes to walk over. For accessibility assistance contact the Angel Island Company for the USIS Shuttle


In preparation for your visit, the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation has some excellent resource pages and oral histories:

Distance Learning

If you would like to participate in a free pre-visit distance learning program (PORTS) please visit our On-Demand Virtual Program page for reservation information and additional curriculum materials. All grades are welcome.