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Eighty-seven percent of San Francisco's visitors include Fisherman's Wharf on their itinerary. With good reason. Waterfront marketplaces include The Anchorage, The Cannery, Ghirardelli Square and PIER 39. The Wharf's working hub, "Fish Alley," sells thousands of tons of sole, shrimp, salmon, sea bass, squid and other deep sea delicacies annually. During the crab season (mid-November through June) devotees line up for the best of the catch. For an impromptu picnic, order some cracked crab and pick up a loaf of sourdough French bread from a nearby bakery.

A fleet of historic ships berths at Hyde Street Pier, a component of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, which also includes the Maritime Museum. The USS Pampanito, a WWII fleet submarine, may be boarded at Pier 45.

On The City's northern waterfront beyond Hyde Street Pier and the lagoon of Aquatic Park (this is a nice side trip from Fisherman's Wharf), the nearly four-mile-long Golden Gate Promenade winds past bocce ball courts through Fort Mason and Marina Green to Crissy Field, a shoreline retreat adjoining the Presidio, terminating at Fort Point. Ahead lies the world's most incredible piece of outdoor sculpture, the majestic Art Deco-style Golden Gate Bridge. Completed in 1937 the bridge links San Francisco to Marin County. For a real aerobic workout, climb the steps near Fort Point that lead up to the bridge and make "the walk of all walks."

The downtown waterfront district has been transformed with the removal of the Embarcadero Freeway. Promenades and tidal stairs descending right to the water's edge offer easy access. Cast off from King Street to explore the latest evidence of The City's waterfront renaissance. In the balmy South Beach district where a new neighborhood has risen, palm trees evoke southern inclinations. Sunny cafes with outdoor patios are plentiful. Skirting this area, Herb Caen Way along the southern Embarcadero is punctuated with historic plaques and pylons recalling events and people of the past. The SS Jeremiah O'Brien, the Liberty Ship which made an historic Atlantic crossing in the spring of 1994 to commemorate D-Day, docks at Pier 32. From here head north towards the Ferry Building, passing directly beneath the approach to the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Nearby the Embarcadero Center's architecturally dramatic eight-block complex shelters 19 outdoor sculptures.

For many visitors, Ocean Beach on the westernmost edge of The City is the first stop on the itinerary. The Pacific Ocean is always an exhilarating sight, especially for first-timers. The expansive windows of the Cliff House, erected in 1909, are a popular lookout. Just offshore are the abrupt outlines of Seal Rocks. They are usually inhabited by shore birds and a colony of stellar sea lions. Bring binoculars for a close-up. On a clear day the Farallon Islands some 30 miles distant are also visible. Swimming, it should be noted, is not allowed here. There are two other sandy pockets on The City's northern edge. China Beach at 28th Avenue and Sea Cliff, is one of the few swimming beaches in The City. Lifeguards on duty during the summer watch this cove. At Baker Beach, off 25th Avenue, swimming is dangerous, but the views of the Golden Gate are alluring for hikers, fishermen and picnickers.

Things To Do


Aquarium of the Bay

Meet 20,000 amazing marine animals as you walk through 300 feet of crystal clear tunnels. Touch sharks and rays. It's like skin diving without getting wet. Open daily except Dec. 25. Summer hours 9am-8pm. Most other times M-Th 10am-6pm, F-Su until 7pm. Admission $14.95 adults; $8 seniors (age 65+) and children (ages 3-11); $37.95 family (2 adults, 2 children). Children under 3 free. Prices and hours subject to change.

Address: Pier 39
Address2: The Embarcadero at Beach Street
City: San Francisco 94133
Phone: 415-623-5300
Fax: 415-623-5324
Email: info@aquariumofthebay.com
Website: www.aquariumofthebay.com

Insignificant Others

The hilarious new hit musical about life and love in San Francisco! "An irresistible new tale of The City!" F-Sa 8pm. Su 2pm. $46 center seating, $39 side seating, $15 student rush tickets. Group rates available. Minimum number in a group eight.

Address: Theatre 39 at Pier 39
Address2: Beach Street and The Embarcadero
City: San Francisco 94133
Phone: 415-433-3939
Fax: 415-864-1248
Email: significantjay@yahoo.com
Website: www.isomusical.com

PIER 39

There is something for everyone at PIER 39, one of San Francisco's premier Bay attractions: a festival marketplace with more than 110 stores, 14 Bay view restaurants and a variety of fun-filled attractions for all ages, including the world-renowned sea lions, street performers and live daily entertainment.

Address: P.O. Box 193730
Address2: The Embarcadero and Beach Street
City: San Francisco 94119-3730
Phone: 415-705-5500
Fax:
Email: groupsales@pier39.com
Website: www.pier39.com

Tony n Tina's wedding

The hilarious interactive comedy where the audience plays the roles of guests at the world's funniest wedding! Includes Italian dinner, champagne, wedding cake and dancing. Th-Sa 7pm. Admission VIP $114.50 (plus tax), general admission $88.50 (plus tax). Group rates available. Minimum number in a group 10.

Address: PIER 39
Address2: The Embarcadero and Beach Street
City: San Francisco 94119
Phone: 866-811-4111
Fax:
Email: info@pier39shows.com
Website: www.pier39shows.com

Alcatraz Cruises   

The exclusive operator to Alcatraz Island, one of San Francisco's top visitor attraction, operated by the National Park Service. Cruises start at 9am and continue throughout the day. Ten to 14 daily departures depending on the time of year. Evening tours offered Th-M. All Alcatraz tours depart from Pier 33. Guaranteed lowest prices to Alcatraz Island. For complete tour information, including departure schedules and pricing, visit the Web site. Purchase and print tickets online - save time and avoid lines. Alcatraz Cruises - an Inescapable Experience.

Address: Pier 33, Alcatraz Landing
City: San Francisco 94111
Phone: 415-981-ROCK (7625)
Fax: 415-986-1721
Email: marketing@alcatrazcruises.com
Website: www.alcatrazcruises.com

Boudin at the Wharf   

Set in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf, the new, two-story flagship building allows visitors to observe the 5,000 square-foot bakery in action. Learn the story of sourdough French bread, how it is made and why it cannot be baked anywhere else on earth. Complimentary trip to tasting room included with Museum & Bakery Tour.

Address: 160 Jefferson Street
City: San Francisco 94133
Phone: 415-928-1849
Fax: 415-928-8876
Email: wharfevents@boudinbakery.com
Website: www.boudinbakery.com

Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Museum   

A collection of odd/unusual exhibits, interactive and video displays in 11 galleries - a landmark at Fisherman's Wharf for 40 years and entertaining for all ages. Open daily. General admission $14.99 (ages 13 and older), $8.99 children (ages 5-12), $12.50 seniors and students (with I.D.) Prices subject to change without notice.

Address: 175 Jefferson Street
Address2: Fisherman's Wharf
City: San Francisco 94133
Phone: 415-771-6188
Fax: 415-771-1237
Email: sanfran@ripleys.com
Website: www.ripleysf.com

Riptide Arcade at Pier 39   

The largest video and prize arcade in San Francisco with over 10,000 square feet of the latest video games, prize games, and virtual reality including an Old West shooting gallery.

Address: Pier 39, Space M3
City: San Francisco 94133
Phone: 415-981-6300
Fax: 415-981-6308
Email:
Website: www.riptidearcade.com

San Francisco Museum and Historical Society   

Presents walking tours, publications, monthly programs and special events focusing on San Francisco's vibrant history. Check Web site for calendar of events.

Address: P.O. 420470
City: San Francisco 94142-0470
Phone: 415-537-1105
Fax: 415-537-1108
Email: info@sfhistory.org
Website: www.sfhistory.org

Submarine USS Pampanito   

This authentic, World War II submarine - with near perfect restoration - offers visitors an unforgettable experience. Individuals and groups will feel history unfold, seeing how the crew of 80 men lived for weeks on end in amazingly tight quarters. Many original artifacts are on display. Exclusive iPod audio tour features Pampanito crewmen telling real-life war stories. The gift store is chock full of gifts, books, video/DVDs and memorabilia. National Historic Landmark. Summer hours: Th-Tu 9am-8pm, W 9am-6pm; Winter hours: M-Th 9am-6pm, F-Su 9am-8pm. Admission $9 adults; discounts for children, seniors and active duty military.

Address: Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 45
City: San Francisco 94133
Phone: 415-775-1943
Fax: 415-561-6660
Email: pampanito@maritime.org
Website: www.maritime.org

The National Liberty Ship Memorial   

Fully restored and operational, the Jeremiah O'Brien, America's last unaltered Liberty ship in operating condition, is one of a great fleet that operated during World War II. Open daily 9am-4pm. Closed Jan 1, Thanksgiving and the day after Dec. 24, 25 & 31. Admission $8; $5 seniors; $4 under age 14; children under 6 free. Engine is running the third weekend of every month except May, Oct. and Dec. Check our website for current cruise information.

Address: Pier 45, The Embarcadero
City: San Francisco 94111
Phone: 415-544-0100
Fax: 415-544-9890
Email: liberty@ssjeremiahobrien.org
Website: www.ssjeremiahobrien.org

Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf   

For 45 years, 15 million visitors have enjoyed more than 270 wax portraits of entertainers, heroes, scoundrels and more in 50 expertly crafted settings, enhanced with artistic lighting, props and informative narrations.

Address: 145 Jefferson Street, Suite 500
City: San Francisco 94133
Phone: 415-202-0400
Fax: 415-771-9248
Email: jguire@waxmuseum.com
Website: www.waxmuseum.com

World Arts West-San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival   

Presenting and promoting world dance and music through performances and educational activities. Events for 2008 include the 30th Annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival at the Palace of Fine Arts and the 14th Annual People Like Me arts education programs at Herbst Theater.

Address: Fort Mason Center, Building D
City: San Francisco 94123
Phone: 415-474-3914
Fax: 415-474-3922
Email: info@worldartswest.org
Website: www.worldartswest.org

 

 

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