Fisherman's Wharf Activities
Aquarium of the Bay
SS Jeremiah O’Brien
San Francisco Bay Cruises
Fun, Family-Friendly Attractions
Fisherman’s Wharf is one of San Francisco’s most popular tourist attractions in the summertime. This lively neighborhood is right on the Bay with beautiful views and lots of activities. Get started at Pier 39. Home to over 100 shops, restaurants, and attractions, this family-friendly destination is a great place to take the kids. Ride the two-tier carousel, watch the slumbering sea lions, and savor a waffle cone of scrumptious ice cream.
Located adjacent to Pier 39 is the Aquarium of the Bay, open every day except December 25. Get schooled on local aquatic ecosystems and have fun doing it. Walk through 300 feet of tunnels surrounded by waters filled with sea stars, fish, rays-and sharks! This summer, the Aquarium welcomes some new friends into a fresh exhibit-North American River Otters.
Nautical Adventures On and Off the Wharf
Maritime history comes to life at Fisherman’s Wharf. The SS Jeremiah O’Brien is a World War II Liberty Ship located at Pier 45. Built in 1943, this floating museum is on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors learn about her voyages across the Atlantic carrying personnel and supplies for the war effort. The museum is open every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., during the summer.
See San Francisco from a different perspective-on the Bay. Several ferry companies operate from Fisherman’s Wharf. Commuter ferries to Marin or Angel Island, a California state park, are fun, but if you want to go to Alcatraz, buy tickets in advance. The Red & White Fleet offers a one-hour Golden Gate Cruise with an audio tour of Bay attractions including the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island.