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  • Address: Beach Street and The Embarcadero
  • Hours: Open daily
  • Admission: Free

One of the most popular attractions in San Francisco, Pier 39 is a fun-filled multilevel waterfront complex, complete with shops, restaurants, lively street performers, a video arcade, and stellar attractions. An added bonus is its setting on San Francisco Bay, where you can take in panoramic bay views, fresh sea air, and watch hundreds of sunbathing sea lions lounging along its neighboring docks. From here you can see Angel Island, Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Families will have plenty of fun here. At the Aquarium of the Bay, watch sharks circle overhead and manta rays skate by, as conveyor belts guide you through glass tubes. A chariot awaits you on the two-story San Francisco Carousel, then whisks you past the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, other hand-painted city landmarks. Also -  don’t forget to watch the sea lions. The slips on the bay can hold as many as 1,300 of the marine mammals, mostly between January and July or whenever they feel like getting some sun.

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Pier 39 is located at the edge of the Fisherman’s Wharf district, near the beginning of the Embarcadero. The pier is also close to North Beach, Chinatown, Ghiradelli Square, and Fort Mason. The area is easily accessible via the historic F-Market streetcars, buses, and cable cars.

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Alcatraz and San Francisco Bay Sightseeing RIB Boat Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

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3.5 star rating: Worth doing 22 Reviews

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Aquarium of the Bay General Admission

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