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6 Tips for Attending Fleet Week – A San Francisco Event

More than a million people will attend Fleet Week. Here are some tips for attending this San Francisco Event.

September 20, 2016

Fleet Week San Francisco is a popular San Francisco Event that has been held each year since 1981. This exciting event attracts more than 1 million visitors, and thousands of military personnel are on hand to provide ship tours, offer demonstrations, answer questions, and much more. Fleet Week is a great choice if you’re looking for family-friendly Things to do in San Francisco, and attendees of all ages will enjoy watching the air show and the other Fleet Week Activities. Here are 6 tips for attending this exciting event.

Fleet Week
October 3 through October 10, 2016

Purchase Premium Tickets
Admission to Fleet Week is free, but premium tickets are available. Premium Box Seats allow you to purchase seats which are yours for the entire day. That means that you can go exploring and return at any time throughout the day to relax or to watch the airshow. Premium Box Seat are $55 to $65, depending on the day. Another option is the Flight Deck Club. These tickets, which cost $250 to $275, include premium waterfront seating and a complimentary buffet. Beverages, including beer and wine, are also provided for attendees who purchase tickets to the Flight Deck Club.

Take a Fleet Week Cruise
There are many spots from which to watch the air show. Some of the best are extremely crowded, but you can avoid the crowds and enjoy the best view of the Blue Angels and other participants by taking a Fleet Week cruise. Tickets are about $75, but many attendees to this San Francisco Event find that the stunning views of the planes are well worth it. Several different cruises are available, and most will sell out in advance, so be sure to reserve your spot as soon as possible.

Arrive Early for the Air Show
If you’re coming specifically for the air show, and you’re not taking a Fleet Week cruise or purchasing a premium ticket, then you’ll want to arrive at least an hour before show time if you want any chance of finding a spot to sit – at least this is the case at Fort Mason and other top viewing areas.

Spend The Day
Some come just for the air show and then realize there is much more to see and do during this San Francisco Event. Bring the family, come early, and spend the day browsing the many exhibits, checking out the artwork at the Veteran’s Art Exhibit, enjoying performances by the Marine Band and the Navy Pacific Fleet Band, taking a tour of an navy ship, and much more. It’s easy to spend an entire day exploring Fleet Week exhibits and activities.

Park Smart
Trying to get as close as possible is not the way to go. Instead, park a bit further way and enjoy a walk. When it comes time to leave, you’ll have much less traffic to fight and you won’t have to endure the long lines like those who got the “best” parking spots will. Some choose to bike to the event, but keep in mind that you might not be able to find anywhere to safely store your bike. This won’t prevent you from enjoying most Fleet Week events, but you won’t be able to bring your bike along if you want to take a ship tour.

Explore the Area
You’ll find that there are many popular San Francisco Attractions within walking distance of Fleet Week. If you’re coming from out of town to attend this San Francisco Event then consider taking a little time to explore what’s nearby. Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz Island, The Exploratorium, and Aquarium of the Bay are just a few of the many Attractions you may want to see while you’re in town for Fleet Week.