The popular neighborhood of Fisherman’s Wharf is a must-see attraction if you are visiting San Francisco. A tad touristy, but you will enjoy exploring the area, its scenic waterfront, and all the charm the place offers.
The origins of this historic waterfront can be traced back to the 19th century and the days of the California Gold Rush when it became a commercial dock and fishing port for immigrants. The area once housed a fleet of nearly 500 fishing vessels and sailboats, though the numbers have dwindled over time and the place has evolved into a popular tourist spot. The traces of the old era, however, still prevails as represented by the local museum and the fleet of active fishing vessels and its commercial activities.
The place has some of the best attractions, including Pier 39 – a hotspot for entertainment, shopping, dining, and the very popular Sea Lions deck. The Cannery shopping center, Chocolate factory at Ghirardelli Square, Ripley’s Believe it or not museum, the Musee Mecanique, Hyde St. Pier, Wax Museum at Fishermans Wharf, and the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, and many more such attractions are sure to keep you captivated and entertained throughout the day.
The neighborhood also offers excellent food options. The streets are lined with many eateries, fine dining restaurants, cafes, and food kiosks featuring fresh and flavorful seafood making it the perfect place to savor steaming seafood chowder, Dungeness crabs, and other seafood delights, the city of San Francisco is renowned for.
If you like buying souvenirs, step inside any of the gift shops and boutiques in the area to find unique souvenirs and touristy items to bring back home.
Fisherman’s wharf is a departure point for visiting several Bayside attractions, tours, and cruises. Visitors can hop on a ferry to visit Sausalito, Vallejo, Tiburon, or Alameda. You can go for the Angel Island cruise, and Alcatraz Island tours and enjoy some of the most breathtaking views of the bay and San Francisco bridge along the way or splurge on Luxury Catamaran Bay sunset and dinner cruises. Adventure seekers can enjoy the thrill of high-speed rocket boat rides or hire a sailing boat for a leisurely sailing adventure.
All in all, this place offers an enjoyable setting and festive atmosphere to relax, savor great food, and experience the lively pulse of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Check out the link for recommended tours: Fisherman’s Wharf Tours
Aerial map of the location to give a bird’s eye-view of the key attractions