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Fisherman's WharfSan Francisco

This waterfront neighborhood dates back to the gold rush era and is a hub for tourist activities, sea lions and seafood restaurants.

The traditional waterfront life on this historic wharf founded in the mid-1800s has long since faded, with only a few fishing boats now serving a handful of local restaurants. For generations, Chinese and then Italian immigrants mined the rich ocean. The Italian fishermen were as colorful as the tiny wooden boats they sailed into the bay, singing arias while hunting for oysters, shrimp and Dungeness crabs and then selling their catch in stands along the wharf. While these craftsmen are no longer there, the festive environment of the wharf has been preserved.

Fisherman’s Wharf is now a thriving shopping and entertainment hub with souvenir stores, clam chowder stands, upscale seafood restaurants, museums and street performers. It’s a bustling day-and-night carnival that extends from Ghirardelli Square at the wharf’s west end to Pier 39 and its amusing sea lion population at the east end. The sea lions, who live on floating wooden platforms beside the pier for most of the year, are among San Francisco’s most famous and verbal residents.

For some old-fashioned fun, spend some time at the Musee Mecanique, an interactive collection of mechanical machines and penny arcades. Mingle with wax figures of your favorite movies stars at Madame Tussauds or experience what life was like aboard a World War II submarine with a visit to the USS Pampanito. If you have a few hours free, head to Pier 33 and catch a ferry to Alcatraz Island.

There are plenty of dining options here, from sidewalk stands to cafés and restaurants, with seafood front-and-center on many menus. However, you can also find Italian, Chinese and other sumptuous ethnic offerings. Many restaurants offer a quiet respite in which to refuel as well as great views of the ocean, Alcatraz and the Bay Bridge.

The best way to visit this neighborhood is by public transport and on foot. Parking is available in the vicinity of the wharf but it’s not cheap. To really get you in the feel for old-time San Francisco, jump on the Powell/Mason cable car line and you'll land only a couple of blocks south of Fisherman's Wharf. The rattle and clang of the typically San Francisco transport adds to the spirit of the journey.

Top Hotels in Fisherman's Wharf

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
3.5 out of 5
1300 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco Maritime Museum and Lombard Street. Aquarium of the Bay and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (95 reviews)

"Staff was very friendly. Location was excellent, easy walk to Fisherman's Wharf. There were 2 problems with the description in the Expedia booking. It was stated that breakfast was to be included but breakfast was for purchase only also we were booked for a king bed with a port view, there was no ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 18, 2020

Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
Hotel Zephyr San Francisco
Hotel Zephyr San Francisco
4 out of 5
250 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA

Located in North Beach, this boutique hotel is within a 5-minute walk of USS Pampanito and Pier 39. Ghirardelli Square and Lombard Street are also within 15 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (5,284 reviews)

"The room was spacious and extremely comfortable,the view beautiful Only disappointment was to have a shower and no tub"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 15, 2020

Hotel Zephyr San Francisco
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
CA $282
per night
Apr 20 - Apr 21

Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aquarium of the Bay and Pier 39. Ghirardelli Square and Lombard Street are also within 15 minutes. ...

3.9/5Very Good! (5,876 reviews)

"The hotel Riu was very nice very clean the room was beautiful and very Martin the lobby was very nice the food was very good"…"

Reviewed on Apr. 1, 2020

Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Zoe Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Zoe Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
425 North Point, San Francisco, CA

Located in North Beach, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of USS Pampanito, Pier 39, and Ghirardelli Square. Lombard Street and Aquatic Park ...

4.2/5Excellent! (7,974 reviews)

"Had a hard time getting heat in our room, but we managed."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 20, 2020

Hotel Zoe Fisherman's Wharf
Argonaut Hotel - a Noble House Hotel
Argonaut Hotel - a Noble House Hotel
4.5 out of 5
495 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA

This family-friendly San Francisco hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Hyde Street Pier and Ghirardelli Square. Lombard Street ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (7,481 reviews)

"The view is great,, the room was also beautiful and welcoming"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 22, 2020

Argonaut Hotel - a Noble House Hotel
Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco
Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco
4 out of 5
555 N Point St, San Francisco, CA
CA $197
per night
Apr 4 - Apr 5

Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum, Ghirardelli Square and Lombard Street. Pier 39 and Aquatic ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,332 reviews)

"They have FREE bike rentals for guests, their restaurant, the Brick and Beam was so cool and delicious. It so close to everything, including the cable car!"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 11, 2020

Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco

Popular things to do in Fisherman's Wharf

Pier 39
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Pier 39

4.5/5(777 reviews)

This waterfront attraction offers thrilling rides, innovative street performers and colorful souvenir shops, but it’s the sea lions that win the day. 

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
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San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

4/5(1 review)

Step aboard century-old ships, watch boat builders at work, browse exhibits about U.S. maritime heritage and enjoy scenic picnics at this historic waterfront district.

Golden Gate Bridge
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Golden Gate Bridge

4.5/5(770 reviews)

Cars trundle across it and ships sail under it, but the best way to experience this iconic bridge is on foot. 

Top activities in Fisherman's Wharf

San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
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San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour

82% of travellers recommend
CA $76
Per adult
2-Day, 2-Tour Alcatraz & Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito
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2-Day, 2-Tour Alcatraz & Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito

94% of travellers recommend
CA $146
Per adult
2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off & Alcatraz Tour
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2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off & Alcatraz Tour

78% of travellers recommend
CA $207
Per adult
Combo Tour: Alcatraz Visit & Walking Craft Beer Tour
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Combo Tour: Alcatraz Visit & Walking Craft Beer Tour

98% of travellers recommend
CA $184
Per adult
Monterey, Carmel & Pacific Coast Highway - Full Day Tour
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Monterey, Carmel & Pacific Coast Highway - Full Day Tour

88% of travellers recommend
CA $112
Per adult
Historic Napa Tours from San Francisco with Ferry Return
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Historic Napa Tours from San Francisco with Ferry Return

CA $369
Per adult

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