Fisherman's Wharf remains one of San Francisco's most popular tourist destinations. The Wharf consists of a long, coast side ... More
Fisherman's Wharf remains one of San Francisco's most popular tourist destinations. The Wharf consists of a long, coast side row of seafood restaurants, street vendors, souvenir stores, and beautiful ocean scenery. Fisherman's Wharf was originally a major fishing pier, and although the fishing industry is still alive today, the main focus of this specific coastal area is its historic tourist attractions. Parking is limited on the Wharf itself so parking downtown or taking a cable car to the Wharf is recommended. Ferry rides are offered for those who would like to visit Marin County. There are numerous attractions and great places to eat (see the other entries for Tourist Attractions and Fisherman Wharf restaurants). Wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers, even during summer months, as the breeze off the ocean can be quite chilling. And take your camera - the photo opportunities are fabulous.
This was our 2nd visit to the wharf, obviously we had fun the 1st go around. This time was even better. We ate at several different restaurants. The food was great at each, with a variety unmatched anywhere! Good shopping and everything you need at your fingertips. Our hotel was located a block off Embarcadero and made for an ideal visit to the wharf. This is my favorite place to be in San Fran! The only downfall is parking can be spendy. As a money saver, consider seeing the wharf at night. You can park on the street in several locations after 7pm and not have to pay for parking meters.
This is something you should take the time to do. Good way to spend an afternoon. There is plenty to see and do. It is touristy so be ready. You can find some good deals at some shops, so shop around. People are very nice and helpful. I will do it again when I go back. Wow and watch out for all those crabs, cooked and un cooked. The best claim chowder you will ever eat.
Fisherman's Wharf is worth a look if it's your first visit to SF. It's interesting to tour the WWII-era ship and submarine here; there is some fun entertainment at Pier 39, and it's interesting to look at the seals that hang out by Pier 39. However, it's generally dirty, over-run by tourists, and the restaurants are certainly not SF's best.
I really enjoy Fisherman's Warf. It's a great tourist spot both during the day and at night. During the day, Fisherman's Warf is great for shopping, taking boat tours around the bay, and looking at the sea lions. At night, the pier is a great place for a romantic dinner. Restaurants that have a view of the bay are especially enjoyable at night, but make sure to bring a warm jacket if you plan to be outside.