Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier39 & Alcatraz Island

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Blog, San Francisco | Comments Off on Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier39 & Alcatraz Island

Fisherman’s Wharf is San Francisco’s most popular destination. A long coastal row of seafood restaurants, street vendors, and souvenir stores is combined with a major fishing pier. The Wharf is a GOOD place to take tourists, because of the Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum, and the Wax Museum, Ghirardeli Square, the sea lions, the clam chowder in a bread bowl, sidewalk entertainers, and the souvenirs.

Location: At Jefferson Street between Powell and Hyde
Hours of operation: Open daily
Visitor Center: It is located on the second level of PIER 39 at Beach Street and the Embarcadero.
Parking: It is difficult in The Wharf with its limited hourly spots. On the street, pay attention to the signs and curb colors. Curb wheels on hills – wheels into the curb when parking downhill and out for uphill. Pedestrians and Cable Cars have the right of way.
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Fisherman’s Wharf is known for its fresh seafood. Stroll along the Wharf and grab clam chowder in a bread bowl for lunch or sit down to a gourmet dinner.


Taste the true flavor of San Francisco. Seafood, fresh from the sea and perfectly prepared.


Dungeness crabs are in season from November through June. When you buy a crab from one of the stalls, ask for “fresh” crab, and you’ll get one cooked up just for you. These vendors also offer “take away” shrimp cocktails, calamari salad and other dishes.

Maritime Museum:
The Maritime Museum is housed in an historic art deco “streamline moderne” structure resembling a cruise ship. The museum features ship models, authentic figureheads, paintings and artifacts from life at sea. Permanent exhibitions include a history of West Coast steam navigation, unique WPA murals and WPA murals depicting an artistic interpretation of Atlantis.

Location: at the foot of Polk Street
Hours of operation:10AM-5PM
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The Grand Tour in a Waterfront Carriage is an unforgettable experience.

Grand Tour:

Location: at Pier 41 -Fisherman’s Wharf – across the street from the Blue and Gold Fleet Marine Terminal Building.
Hours of operation: 1PM-9PM
Duration: 40 minutes
Fees: $75 per ride
maximum passengers per ride: 6 passengers
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PIER 39 is located on the northernmost point of the San Francisco peninsula providing visitors with picture postcard views of Alcatraz, the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, the San Francisco Bay and the City skyline. Telescopes are placed along the location’s perimeter road for viewing the sights. Watch for the special Kodak “Picture Spots” located throughout the PIER. PIER 39 is the “Best Place to People Watch” as voted by the San Francisco Chronicle’s Readers’ Choice competition.

Location: Beach Street & The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94133
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Events: Click here
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Pier 39PIER 39 is a festival marketplace with more than 110 stores, 11 full-service restaurants with bay views and numerous fun-filled attractions. The two-level design showcases one of San Francisco’s most unique shopping districts, featuring everything from high fashion leathers to jewelry and imported chocolates. Activities and fun are endless.