Fisherman's Wharf

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Fisherman's Wharf

Home to San Francisco's cutest residents, Fisherman's Wharf will put a smile on your face every time. Learn how to get there, the surrounding neighborhoods and fun facts.

More than 75 percent of San Francisco's visitors include Fisherman's Wharf on their itinerary. 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.

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 in the 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.

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Madame Tussauds
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.

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How to Get There

Public transit is a convenient, easy, and popular way to visit Fisherman’s Wharf. There are ferries, streetcars, trains, and buses available from all Bay Area regions.

  • The F-Line streetcar runs between the Castro neighborhood and Fisherman's Wharf. It runs the length of Market Street until it reaches the Ferry Terminal Building on the Embarcadero before turning west to the wharf. 
  • You can also pick up a Powell-Hyde Cable Car or the Powell-Mason Cable Car from Powell and Market Streets to travel to The Wharf.
  • Take Muni buses 8, 30, 39, or 49

Did You Know?

The first iteration of what is now known as Fisherman's Wharf was built in 1850 by Henry Meiggs and it went by the name, Meiggs Wharf. 

Every fall, San Francisco is host to Fleet Week, a celebration that includes a parade of ships along the bay, an air show featuring the Blue Angels, free ship tours and live entertainment throughout Fisherman’s Wharf.

The Fisherman’s Wharf you see today rests on land created from the rubble of buildings destroyed in the earthquake and fire of 1906.

Crab Louie Salad was invented in Fisherman’s Wharf. It's a small portion of Dungeness crabmeat with a sauce fisherman Tom Castagnola invented using Thousand Island dressing. The Crab Louie quickly became one of the Wharf’s most popular dishes.

Movies Shot at Fisherman's Wharf

  • Ant-Man (2015)
  • The Princess Diaries (2001)
  • Junior (1994)
  • The Dead Pool (1988)
  • A View to a Kill (1985)
  • Sudden Impact (1983)
  • Time After Time (1979)
  • High Anxiety (1977)