Exploring Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco

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Wanting to spend some time walking around San Francisco?  The world-famous Fisherman’s Warf is a great place to get some steps in! 

The Wharf has everything from shopping, restaurants, farmers market, drinks, parks and more. There is basically something for everyone here and the further you walk the more you will discover. You'll find a wealth of knowledge on how a historic era still influences the present-day culture, events, sights, sounds, and food of San Francisco's most famous waterfront community. Despite the historical influence at this location, the modern twist keeps it lively all day and night long.

There are also other ways to explore this area like bike and cart rental shops that are scattered throughout the entire Wharf. This is so much fun if you do not want to walk or if it is a hot day and you would rather have some wind in your hair!

This iconic location houses lots of amazing places, including Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum, Musée Mecanique, the Aquarium of the Bay at PIER 39, the S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien and the World War II submarine, the USS Pampanito, just to name a few!

A map can be found here.

About the Warf and History can be found here.

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Touristy

Would no go here unless I had family or friends visiting from far away who wanted to see it. It sounds famous, but is very crowded and hard to park. There are better places to explore. Maybe it would be different if I wasnt allergic to clams.

Touristic and not really something special

I think that of all the places I visited in SF, this was one of the most touristic and less interesting. Maybe it would be nicer if I visited with family and kids as there are a lot of activities that kids could enjoy. For others you may skip it and visit other attractions in the city.

Touristy but Fun

This is most definitely a tourist attraction with crowds of people but I feel its a must see place when visiting San Francisco. There are some really good restaurants in the area.

Clam chowder

Get it in the bread bowl! Parking is super hard. We drove around for a long time. Definitely would recommend lyft or uber

A must do

Plenty to do in this area! Lots of good eats (be prepared to wait as it's always crowded) and good views. I would suggest using public transportation or uber/lyft to get here, parking is stressful.

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3.8/5

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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