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Pier 39, San Francisco: 118 reviews and 211 photos


Pier 39 is a popular tourist shopping center and attraction built on a San Francisco pier with shops, restaurants, a video arcade, street performances, the Aquarium of the Bay, virtual 3D rides, and views of California sea lions hauled out on docks on Pier 39's marina. The marina is home to the floating Forbes Island restaurant. A two-story carousel is one of the pier's more dominant features, although it is not directly visible from the street and sits towards the end of the pier. The family-oriented entertainment and presence of marine mammals make this a popular tourist location for families with kids.

From the pier we could see Angel Island, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Bay Bridge. The Blue & Gold Fleet's bay cruises leave from Pier 39. Pier 39 was first developed by entrepreneur Warren Simmons and opened October 4, 1978.

Address: The Embarcadero at Beach Street
Directions: The pier is located at the edge of the Fisherman's Wharf district and is close to North Beach, Chinatown, and the Embarcadero. The area is easily accessible via the historic F Market streetcars.
Phone: (415) 705-5500
Website: http://www.pier39.com/home.cfm

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  • Updated Aug 26, 2015
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