"Fisherman's Wharf" Fisherman's Wharf Tip by goingsolo

Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco: 190 reviews and 378 photos

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by goingsolo

Fisherman's Wharf is touristy in so many respects that it would be something to avoid but for all the great places you can get to from here. The main problem with Fisherman's Wharf is that there is such a good chance that you'll get lost in the crowd here and miss your flight back home. But, if you're willing to risk it, a visit to Fisherman's Wharf is one of those things you must do while in San Francisco.

Fisherman's Wharf was once, not surprisingly, a large fishing pier and port. Its still used for both, but far less than it used to be. Here you will find Pier 39, an extremely crowded area of shops, restaurants and entertainment, Pier 41, where boats depart for Alcatraz (another must do activity), Sausalito (ditto) and other spots. The Maritime Museum is also located here, along with a wax museum and aquarium. Other places to spend your money include Ghiradelli Square, makers of the great chocolate and the Boudior Bakery (see restaurant tips), makers of the great sourdough bread.

One of the cable car lines departs from the Wharf and heads to Union Square. The lines here are extremely long though, so its not the recommended place for getting on a cable car. Buses also pick up and drop off here, as does every tour operator in the city.

Address: Shoreline near Jefferson between Powell and Hyde
Phone: (415) 626-7070
Website: http://www.fishermanswharf.org/

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 5, 2005
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