Fisherman's Wharf

San Francisco, CA, USA. 

Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco ranges from Ghirardelli square to approximately Pier 35. It is easy to get to using public transportation, the F line light rail goes along it, and two cable car endpoints are near, the Powell-Hyde line and Powell-Mason. Unfortunately, there is no nearby BART station. From Fisherman's Wharf you will be able to get great views (fog permitting) of Alcatraz and decent views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

A sourdough bowl of clam chowder is a great and relatively cheap lunch readily available from many places in Fisherman's Wharf. Many street performers make the area their home, the Bush man, silver man, and gold man are popular.

Pier 39 is the central Fisherman's Wharf destination, if you tell a cabbie Fisherman's Wharf, that is probably where you'll end up. At Pier 39 you can view (and smell) the sealions, shop at overpriced shops filled with souvenirs, eat out, take in the aquarium by the bay, even rent a kayak to paddle around the bay in. Be prepared for crowds, this place fills up all year.

Bay tour boats leave from Fisherman's Wharf frequently, the Red and White, and the Blue and Gold are the two biggest fleets, but many smaller companies and individual boats are available to rent. A bay tour or a tour of Alcatraz has never disappointed any of my guests, but it can be cold and windy. I prefer the Blue and Gold fleet tours, but either of the major companies are fine.

The Cannery and Ghirardelli Square, both decent places to shop, are located in Fisherman's Wharf. I was never a fan of either, so if you're pressed for time, skip them. Ghirardelli square is more recognizable and the better visit. The Anchorage is a newer shopping center in the area.

Hyde Street Pier hosts a variety of historical ships you can tour for a nominal fee. Also available for touring nearby is the USS Pampanito.

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Below and on the following pages are several pictures of Fisherman's Wharf. Click on an image to enlarge.