When Treasure Island was created for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, it was celebrating in part the completion of both the Golden Gate (1937) and San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridges (1936). With the close of the Exposition which drew more than 17 million visitors, the island was leased to the U.S. government and was an active Naval installation until 1996. Treasure Island is accessible by car and the Muni 108 bus line, departing frequently from the Transbay Terminal. Clipper Cove also offers recreational vessel anchorages and daily or monthly slip rentals at Treasure Isle Marina. Now back to those reasons to visit this Island in the bay. First and foremost, go for the views. San Francisco’s entire northern waterfront from bridge to bridge is picture perfect from T.I.’s Avenue of the Palms. From there take time to see public art dotting the island, including pieces from the Exposition and the much-photographed “Bliss Dance” on the Great Lawn. Treasure Island is at the forefront of the burgeoning urban winery phenomenon. There are eight to date, with most offering tasting rooms, winery tours and wine-themed events.The island hosts numerous major public events throughout the year, including the Treasure Island Music Festival and the San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival. The last weekend of every month the dog-friendly Treasure Island Flea is teeming with local vendors, artists, antiques, vintage and Indie wares, not to mention a bounty of local food. If it’s food you’re after, why not check out one of the Island’s two restaurants, T.I. Bar and Grill and Oasis Café, or one of the numerous mobile food options on-island including Mateo’s Hot Dogs and the “A Taste of Chicago” food cart, both located at the Treasure Island Front Gate.
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