Guide to the SkyStar Observation Wheel at Fisherman's Wharf | San Francisco Travel
The SkyStar Wheel at Fisherman's Wharf

Guide to the
SkyStar Observation Wheel at Fisherman's Wharf

Find out how to experience Fisherman's Wharf's newest attraction and one of the most spectacular ways to see San Francisco.

Attention, Visitors!

In order to make sure that it can stay at Fisherman's Wharf for a long time to come, the SkyStar Wheel will be closed beginning Monday, May 13 for up to 4 weeks of construction.

The crews will be working diligently to get the Wheel back up and running as soon as possible so visitors can enjoy it this summer.

In the meantime, be sure to check out all the other fantastic sites, amazing attractions, and delicious dining at Fisherman's Wharf.

What to Do at the Wharf

About the SkyStar Observation Wheel

Standing 15 stories tall, the state-of-the-art SkyStar Observation Wheel features 36 enclosed, well-ventilated gondolas, boasting unparalleled views that span the city. From its heights, you'll be able to see the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, the gleaming skyscrapers of downtown, and the beautiful communities of Sausalito and Tiburon in the north bay.

Operational hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

How to Get to the Wheel

The Wheel is located along Jefferson Street, between Powell and Mason streets. (It's official address is 2860 Taylor Street, for those using a GPS or taking a ride share.) Car parking is available at the adjacent lot, and there are many other lots and garages in the neighborhood.

You can reach the Wheel by taking the historic F Line streetcar to the Jefferson & Powell stop. You could also ride the Powell-Mason cable car to its final stop at Taylor and Bay streets and then walk four blocks through the neighborhood. The 8 and 8x Muni buses travel through SoMa and Union Square, past many of our most popular hotels, and terminate at Kearney and North Point streets. From there, it's a short walk past PIER 39 to the Wheel. Lastly, while not as frequent, the 39 Muni bus will take visitors from North Beach to Powell and Beach streets, just around the corner from the Wheel.

Buy Your Tickets

Tickets are available for purchase and may be reserved by ordering online or purchased on site. Tickets are $18 per person, $12 for seniors (65+) and children (12 and under). General admission tickets may be used any day or time within 30 days of purchase. The gondolas are fully accessible for guests in wheelchairs or needing assistance.

Buy Your Tickets

Get the VIP Treatment

Looking to elevate your experience? VIP experiences are available at the SkyStar Wheel. Skip the line and enjoy an extended ride in the VIP gondola, furnished with leather seats and hardwood floors. VIP parties must be between 2 and 5 guests, and the experience costs $50 per person, regardless of age. Please note: the VIP gondola is not wheelchair accessible.

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Nearby Attractions

The SkyStar Observation Wheel now sits proudly in one of San Francisco's most visited neighborhoods, which is full of great, family-friendly attractions.

PIER 39 offers two levels of dining, entertainment, shopping, and attractions all surrounded by unbeatable views of the city and the bay. You can also take a spin on The Flyer, get immersed in a 7D Experience, and get up close with local sea life at the Aquarium of the Bay—or just visit the sea lions who have made their home at K Dock!

Explore PIER 39

The Wheel is now not far from numerous ferry boarding locations. From Pier 41, you can take a ride across the bay to Sausalito, with its boutique shops and waterfront restaurants. Pier 33, Alcatraz Landing, is a short walk from the Wheel. This is the only place you can board the ferry to visit Alcatraz. There are also numerous bay cruises and sightseeing tours you can board in the neighborhood.

There's also plenty to eat in Fisherman's Wharf, including legendary San Francisco delicacies like cioppino and Irish coffee. From Italian to dim sum, and from restaurants perfect for a quiet night for two to others made for big groups, Fisherman's Wharf offers dining options for every traveler's taste and budget.

Eat at the Wharf

Sea Lions rest on PIER 39's K Dock
The sea lions at PIER 39 are San Francisco cutest residents

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Tyler Cohn

Tyler is the Sr. Manager of Global Content & Communications at San Francisco Travel. He has lived in San Francisco since 2015 and has been part of the San Francisco Travel team for just as long. He enjoys splashy production numbers and outdoor sporting events equally, which means you can usually find him at one of San Francisco’s many great theaters or at Oracle Park, cheering on the Giants.