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, the breeze off the ocean can be quite chilling. And take your camera. The photo opportunities are fabulous. And don't forget to visit the barking sea lions at Pier 39. The kids will love them, guaranteed!
I am an expert on "the city". There are two reasons that I go to Fisherman's wharf and two reasons only....
(2). Fisherman's grotto number 9.
Fisherman's wharf is a cheap tourist trap full of tackey souveniers and undesirable people. Take a trolley car and eat at these two fine restaurants and then leave this terrible place.
Linving in Boston my entire life and now residing in The Bay Area, I can agree with others on this site. The Wharf is dirty, overrated and lots of beggers (bums) Oh, and watch out for the theifs!!!!!!!! Come to Historical, clean Boston..It is a great trip that is worth it!!!!!
Everyone knows to go to the Fisherman's Wharf when in San Francisco. There is so much to do and see. There is always the excentric guys painted silver hanging out. (If you don't know what I'm talking about you will see!) The sea lions are a must! They are absolutely gorgeous. There is an arcade place to take the kids. Aquarium of the Bay is cool. You go in an under water tunnel and see sharks and fish. Of course there is the shopping and restaurants.
not representative of sf, too many cheesy performers, tourist traps, etc
not representative of sf, too many cheesy performers, tourist traps, etcnot representative of sf, too many cheesy performers, tourist traps, etc
The lobster I ordered was huge...but it was hard to enjoy because they provided no clarified butter, nor did you have a place to sit and enjoy the food. You ate standing up..and that is certainly no way to enjoy a meal. It was disappointing.
It's been years since I've been in SF, but it was one of the most beautiful cities I've ever seen and I've seen quite a few. The visual, the audio, and the olfactory immersion you experience the moment set down at SF international permeates every cell of your being. The noise is noisier, the hustling is bustling and you love and want to be a part of it. The water is bluer, the jazz is more melancholy, the bread smells more like mothers than mothers, the freshness of the seafood engulfs you in a tropical cocoon and carries you away an exotic isle to slowly melt into ecstasy. That's what memories of San Francisco mean to me.
If you want a plasticized, Disneyesque experience with no culture and no soul, go to Fisherman's Wharf. Everything is overpriced, mediocre, and overrun with tourists. Locals only go there under duress.
First, it's not Frisco or San Fran. It's SF or San Francisco or The City. As to the wharf: The attractions are typical of AnyCity, USA (Hard Rock Cafe? Please). And while there is good seafood to be had there, it's way overpriced and usually mediocre. In a city known internationally for its creative food, top-notch chefs, and sustainable restaurants, you're wasting your time and money down there.
Next time you visit, try venturing out of the wharf and see what makes SF an incredible place to live and visit. Take a hike at Fort Funston, ask a local for a good neighborhood restaurant rec, take in one of the impressive farmer's markets. And if you decide not to, if you think the wharf is "where it's at," then thanks for giving us your money (and know that we actually prefer to keep you confined in that terrible place).
P.S. It's often quite cold here in the summer, and nothing spells tourist like shorts on July day.
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Located within walking distance of San Francisco Bay, Pier 39 and Ghirardelli Square, the hotel is also close to ...
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The hills of San Francisco are alive with activities to suit every taste, and the Hilton San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf
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