Pier 39 in San Francisco, California
Pier 39 in San Francisco, California

Pier 39

The San Francisco Bay Area has a lot of famous attractions that attract visitors from all over the world. The Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Muir Woods, San Francisco Cable Cars and the Palace of Fine Arts along with historic neighborhoods like Haight-Ashbury and North Beach see a huge amount of tourists every year. However if there is one area of the city that seems to be filled with visitors all year long, it would be Fisherman’s Wharf and the infamous Pier 39. Every major city seems to have a fun area for tourism that a lot of locals seem to avoid, but whether you are on vacation or live in the Bay Area, Pier 39 has a lot of fun and interesting things to see. 
As you walk through Fisherman’s Wharf, en route to Pier 39, you will see lots of storefronts selling souvenirs, food stands selling Dungeness Crab and Clam Chowder, restaurants, bars, museums and more. Entering Pier 39, you will be greeted with crowds of people, cool shops, and lots of fun activities. The wooden pier is located right on the San Francisco Bay, surrounded by boats and offering beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, Alcatraz Island and more. 
One of the most popular attractions right next to the Pier are the Sea Lions that hang out on the floating, wooden docks through most of the year. The story behind the sea lions makes it even more interesting to see them lying in the sun, without a care in the world. The thing is, they were not always hanging out in that spot. In fact, the docks next to Pier 39 were previously used to dock boats, however shorty after the Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989 the sea lions just started arriving out of the blue with no obvious explanation. At first it was a small group, but over the years, the population grew, reaching 1,700 in 2009. Regardless of the reasons, it seems like they are here to stay and they remain a popular attraction for visitors to the city. 
Another popular feature on Pier 39 is the large carousel. The San Francisco Carousel, which was made in Italy, pays homage to the city of San Francisco with hand-painted renderings of famous landmarks like Coit Tower, Lombard Street, The Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. With traditional organ music playing, over 30 hand-painted animals to ride and an array of 1,800 lights, it is truly a beautiful addition to the area. 
The 45-acre waterfront attraction is a great place to spend the day. With over 90 shops and 14 restaurants, there is truly something for everyone at Pier 39. 


Popular Attractions at Pier 39

Aquarium of the Bay
The San Francisco 7D Experience
Adventure Cat Sailing Charters
The Bay Voyager
Blue & Gold Fleet
Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze
Musical Stairs
Players Sports Grill and Arcade
The San Francisco Carousel
San Francisco Whale Tours
The Pier 39 Sea Lions
The Bay Plunge
Wine Tasting on the Bay

Dining Options

Boudin Bakery Cafe
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. 
Crepe Cafe
Dreyer’s Ice Cream
Trish’s Mini Donuts
Wipeout Bar & Grill 
Pier Market Seafood Restaurant
The Hook
Chart House
Hard Rock Cafe
Luau Lounge Tiki Bar
Illy Caffe

Shopping at Pier 39

Alcatraz Gift Shop
Aquarium of the Bay Gift Shop
Build-A-Bear Workshop
Chocolate Heaven
Candy Baron
Christmas in San Francisco
Fairy Tales
Hidden Dragon
Houdini’s Magic Shop
Krazy Kaps
Only in San Francisco
SF City Wear
The Fudgery
Under the Golden Gate

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Fisherman’s Wharf


The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94133


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