More than 75 percent of San Francisco's visitors include Fisherman's Wharf on their itinerary. The Wharf's famous fishing fleet make for a terrific fish story, while souvenir shops in the waterfront marketplace and historic ships add to the atmosphere. Fishing boats, sea lions basking in the sun, seafood stalls and restaurants, steaming crab cauldrons, family entertainment and sourdough French bread bakeries … you know you’re in world-famous Fisherman’s Wharf. The historic F-Line streetcar and two cable car lines terminate in the area and sightseeing boats and boat charters link to Alcatraz ("The Rock") , Angel Island and other points around San Francisco Bay.
From amazing views and a sea of sea lions to chowder bread bowls and California wines, your visit to San Francisco starts at PIER 39. The most visited destination in San Francisco, PIER 39 offers two levels of dining, entertainment, shopping and attractions, all surrounded by unbeatable views of the city and the bay. Located along the historic San Francisco Waterfront at Beach Street and The Embarcardero in Fisherman's Wharf, PIER 39 provides the picture perfect backdrop for postcard views of the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, Alcatraz, Angel Island and the famous City skyline. Be treated to an unforgettable San Francisco experience and discover why a visit to San Francisco must include The PIER. Parking is conveniently available in the PIER 39 Garage located directly across from the Entrance Plaza.
Aquarium of the Bay
The Aquarium of the Bay provides unforgettable encounters with local marine life that inspire both wonder and conservation. A division of bay.org, the Aquarium assists protection and restoration of the San Francisco Bay and its watershed. The marine nature center boasts 300 feet of crystal clear acrylic tunnels holding 700,000 gallons of carefully maintained bay water that sustains approximately 20,000 animals who live in nearby waters. Aquarium guests are treated to mesmerizing walls of jellies, can have up-close-and-personal encounters with tide pool animals, and delight in the antics of playful river otters. Guests can also take behind-the-scenes tours, and experiement with the Aquarium's augmented reality to interact with projections of marine life.
Madame Tussauds and The San Francisco Dungeon
More family entertainment can be found in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf along Jefferson Street at the world-famous Madame Tussauds wax figure museum. Offering guests the opportunity to visit with incredibly life-like celebrities from film, sports and more, including San Francisco area icons, such as Joe Montana and Janis Joplin, Madame Tussauds provides a complete interactive experience. Get up close and personal and take pictures of your favorite stars at this star-studded attraction. Also, don't miss The San Francisco Dungeon next door, where history comes alive with live actor shows, special effects and storytelling on the grisly and authentic history of the Bay Area.