One of San Francisco's most-visited spots, Fisherman's Wharf is an attraction-lined promenade full of shops, eateries, and amusement park-style rides.
At Pier 39, you’ll find a flashy, built-up boardwalk and the famous sea lion hangout on the west side of the pier. Just down the Embarcadero promenade at the center of Fisherman’s Wharf is a maritime plaza where historic ships are docked, street performers show off their skills, and souvenir shops try to woo you with San Francisco memorabilia.
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Best things to see at Fisherman’s Wharf
At the Musée Mécanique, find an antique arcade with working retro game machines, in a building right on the water. Grab a bite at a seafood counter at the corner of Taylor and Jefferson Streets, or brave the huge lines for a milkshake or sundae at nearby Ghirardelli Square, which can be described as a set of stores built around a really big chocolate store.
Fisherman’s Wharf directions and parking
Best way to get to Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39
Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 is located in Northeast San Francisco near Embarcadero and Telegraph Hill. It can be accessed by car and bike via Bay St. which is right off of Van Ness Ave. The F-Line streetcar will bring you there directly and the Powell/Hyde or Powell/Mason street cable car will bring you within a few blocks.
Best parking near Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39
There is parking for a fee at the Pier 39 Garage on Beach St.
Fisherman’s Wharf FAQs
Are Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 the same thing?
Pier 39 is part of Fisherman’s Wharf. A popular tourist destination, it’s home to many attractions, restaurants, and shopping.
Is there any sort of storage available?
For a fee, the California Welcome Center on the second level of Pier 39 will store backpacks and luggage during the day.
Is there a lost and found?
Next to the Entrance Plaza to Pier 39 there is a lost and found at the security booth.
Are pets allowed?
Pets are allowed as long as they are leashed.