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Fisherman's Wharf/ Pier 39

San Francisco, CA
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Fisherman's Wharf/ Pier 39, San Francisco California


Fisherman's wharf is a colorful Disneyland-like area with trinket and t-shirt stores and bad restaurants. However, it's a fun place to bring kids, and even has a carousel. Every day (noon-10pm) on the main stage of Pier 39 you can catch a show. We saw an amusing one that impressed my son, by a juggler and his dog. The best thing about Fisherman's Wharf are the sea lions, who were displaced and found the empty docks at Pier 39 to be a sunny place to call home. They make their funny honking sounds all day. Some are lazy and just lay around; others play and fight. It's great fun to watch!
Pier 39 is also the place where you depart for Alcatraz Island. I highly recommend this tour- it's not as creepy as you'd think, and the whole family will always remember it fondly, plus the views are gorgeous.
A great place to eat is Bubba Gump Shrimp Company where the waiters are friendly, the food is good, and the views are fantastic!


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Pier 39, as seen from the ferry dock.
Pier 39, as seen from the ferry dock.
Sea lions snuggling up!
Sea lions snuggling up!
Sea lions playing.
Sea lions playing.


You can take a cable car from Powell Station to Fisherman's Wharf. Don't stand in the long queue at Powell and Market Streets- instead, walk up a block or two further to one of the brown and white signs and just jump on when the cable car passes. It costs $7 and you don't need exact change (though you can't use a bill larger than a $20).
Click on "satellite" to see the hundreds of sea lions from above.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, Pier 39, San Francisco CA 94133, call (415) 781-4867.

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11/24/2010 11:08
Anybody who won't give Pier 39 a 6-star rating has to be crazy! We've been coming here for over thirty years. It's fun every time!

09/09/2009 13:54
This is an endlessly fun place to hang out. I could people watch here all day.

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