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!
Planning a visit to SF takes some real talet. So many areas,environs,its like cities w/i a city. We settled into our lodging and chose Fisherman's Wharf to be our central point and radiate from here. We strolled along the wharf and caught a beautiful summer sun-set as sail boats threaded by. We heard the honking of sea lions at Pier 39 and our spirits soared by the music of the carousel and sweet scents of a farmer's market. Thier produce was amazing! A tiny cafe with gingham tablecloths and curtains on Forbes Isle was picturesque as it is also a lighthouse. In the distance the forboding isle of Alcatraz in the moon light was eerie. From our room window in the morning ,our view of Golden Gate bridge now in its 75th yr was a nice surprise! Its night view all lit up too might be even more spectacular! But nothing tops actually walking along the bridge as sea birds above and white waves below complete the scene. Other places to see --Maritime museum,Mission district with great cafes,Cannery row,Alamo Sq and its post card perfect row houses,Gheradelli Sq and its chocolate shops,Haight-Ashbury and Golden gate park,Embarcardero docks and Lombard St. and its curving streets are highlights of our visit. We were certainly swept away by San Francisco bay!
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!!!!!
The location was perfect. Best Western Fisherman's Warf- The staff were all very accommodating. Rooms are small but clean and well maintained. We didn't spend much time in the hotel, only to sleep. It is walking distance to pier 39, to the Alcatraz Crusies, walking distance to to catch the cable car. We walked to the Ghiradelli Shops and so much more! TRAVEL TIPS: We ate at several places but for more afforadable places you can eat great breakfeast or lunch is at Johnny Rockets just one block from the hotel as well as IHop. (Short Blocks) You can catch the cable car around the corner on Taylor Street to Union Square, Lombard Street, China Town and the Cable car museum. I suggest buying a three day pass that will get you unlimited use of cable car, buses and tolley cars for $20 a person. The trip over the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir woods is a short trip and beautiful. Take an unbrella and wear layers at this time of year. (Rainy, cold and windy) Take a taxi from the airport to the hotel it doesn't make all the stops the shuttle makes. Expect to tip almost everywhere!!!!
The shops are very interesting and the food is very tasty and worth every penny. Make sure that you bring enough warm clothes for your children. Especially when we go all the way of the boardwalk to see the seal and sea-lion.
It always pains me to see tourists come to Fisherman's Wharf on a visit to SF. It's actually quite depressing. I live in SF, and my city is one of the most beautiful, cultural and lively places in the country, and its shocking to see visitors forsake the marvels to go gawk at a bunch of junk. If you want to see the best of SF, walk around the places that are completely unique to the city - like the Ferry Building, the Presidio, Marin Headlands, Marina/Cow Hollow/Pacific Heights, Chinatown, even Ghirardelli Square! Trust me, you'll have much more fun walking around in those places than barfing from food poisoning from your over priced burger at the Rainforest Cafe in Fishermans Wharf. The only thing truly entertaining about Fisherman's Wharf is the bush man who jumps out and scares tourists.
I went to fisherman's wharf and I found it to be gross. There was food all over the ground, bird crap everywhere, and it smelt gross. We decided to look for some seals but didn't see any. It was also overcrowded and the food there was nauseating. Don't waste your time, there are plenty of other places to go to in such a large city.
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