One of the most popular and most visited areas of San Francisco is Fisherman's Wharf. This historic, waterfront area has so many activities for everyone to enjoy. Although it is often referred to as a tourist trap, a visit to Fisherman's Wharf is a must-see and do!
Directions to Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf is easy to find, and while there are a variety of parking lots available, you may also be able to find parking along the streets a few blocks from the waterfront. If you are planning on staying for several hours, however, you'll want to park in a parking lot that offers longer parking than a meter will offer. Some parking lots also offer discount parking if you eat at nearby participating restaurants.
From the North Bay, you'll need to take US 101 South, cross the Golden Gate Bridge and through the toll plaza. Next, take the Lombard Street exit on your right, and follow Lombard until you reach Van Ness Avenue. Turn left onto Van Ness, and follow it until you reach Bay Street. Turn right onto Bay Street, and continue on to Fisherman's Wharf.
From the South Bay, you should take US 101 to Highway 80 East. Take the Fourth Street exit, and stay left onto Bryan Street. Finally, turn left onto The Embarcadero, and drive straight towards Fisherman's Wharf.
Nearby Attractions to Fisherman's Wharf
There are many attractions located in or nearby this popular area. Some of these include the following:
- Maritime Museum
- Cruise to Alcatraz
- Cable Cars
- Coit Tower
- Bay Cruises under the Golden Gate Bridge
- Aquarium by the Bay
- Pier 39
Of course, you can simply walk the streets and watch the variety of street performers showing off their talents. Shops and restaurants abound, and you may be able to find some great deals on San Francisco souvenirs as you stroll into one store after another. Food offerings range from expensive, elegant restaurants to street vendors. You'll find there are a wide variety of food choices available for you to enjoy.
One of the most visited attractions at Fisherman's Wharf is Pier 39. This pier is home to a host of sea lions, who make their home on the floating piers anchored just off shore. Visitors line the deck rails as they watch these lazy, but entertaining and loveable, creatures bark and glide from one pier to another. Nearby, there are a variety of shops and restaurants with an assortment of gifts and food to please everyone.
Tourist trap or not, Fisherman's Wharf is another must-see and do on your San Francisco travel itinerary. Make plans to spend an afternoon at this popular destination. You can't leave the city without experiencing it!