Known for spectacular views of San Francisco Bay including the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge and Alcatraz, PIER 39 is the third most visited attraction in the United States.
Located along the historic San Francisco Waterfront, two blocks east of Fisherman’s Wharf at Beach Street and The Embarcadero, PIER 39 offers two levels of dining, entertainment, shopping and attractions including 14 full-service restaurants and over 90 shops. The sprawling 45-acre gathering area is also home to a 5-acre waterfront park and a picturesque 300-berth marina.
Part of San Francisco’s cultural fabric, PIER 39 adds to the vibrancy of the city and is the ideal starting point for seeing the sites. Grab a bite at any of the eateries, blast away zombies and robot cowboys at 7D Experience, get lost in Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze, become briefly airborne with Frequent Flyers, rent a bike from Blazing Saddles or simply relax and let PIER 39’s caricature artist create your unique cartoon portrait. Marvel as multi-talented street performers entertain visitors and bring laughter and cheer to all.
For the young at heart, take a spin on the beautiful San Francisco carousel, which is intricately hand painted with famous San Francisco landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, Chinatown, Lombard Street, Alcatraz, and the popular California sea lions at PIER 39.
A splendid attraction, experience the magic of San Francisco Bay at Aquarium of the Bay. Located at the water’s edge, 20,000 local sea creatures await your arrival. See eye to eye with a Sevengill shark, be mesmerized by moon jellies, touch a bat ray’s wing, or visit the new River Otter exhibit. Walk through crystal clear tunnels and watch San Francisco Bay’s most amazing animals swim overhead.
You can also wander down to K-Dock and visit the famous California sea lions for yourself. Arriving in January 1990 shortly after Loma Prieta earthquake, these adorable marine mammals took up residence and became plentiful numbering 1,701 at one point. These entertaining sea creatures have created quite an allure for many worldwide tourists and continue to thrive on the K-Dock of Pier 39.
If exploring the area by sea is more your style, there are several options all launching from PIER 39 including San Francisco Whale Tours, Wine Tasting on the Bay and the exciting RocketBoat. In addition to regular ferry service departing PIER 39 to surrounding areas, Blue & Gold Fleet offers visitors to the Bay Area an opportunity to see the City’s breathtaking views and
surrounding marine beauty. Sightseeing ventures include narrated Bay cruises that sail underneath the Golden Gate Bridge, around Alcatraz Island, past Angel Island State Park, and along San Francisco’s historic waterfront.
For those with a craving for more adrenaline and the latest America’s Cup technology, sign up for a ride on ACsailingSF’s 85-foot, 20-passenger USA 76 Challenger from the 2003 America’s Cup. If a leisurely sail is more your speed, consider Adventure Cat Sailing Charters. These legendary sunset sails and relaxing afternoon bay cruises are the perfect way to unwind while taking in the breathtaking sites.
Beach Street & The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94133