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  • Address: Beach Street and The Embarcadero, San Francisco 94119, USA
  • 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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America's Cup Sailing Adventure on San Francisco Bay: Day Sail, San Francisco, null
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America's Cup Sailing Adventure on San Francisco Bay: Day Sail

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Welcome aboard for a thrilling 2.5 hour sailing adventure aboard USA 76, an International America’s Cup Class racing yacht that challenged in 2003 for ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $150.00
Alcatraz and Wine Country Combo Tour, San Francisco, Sailing Trips
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Alcatraz and Wine Country Combo Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 44 Reviews

Enjoy two of the Bay Area’s top attractions on this full-day tour that combines beautiful scenery and fascinating history. Spend the morning in Sonoma Valley, ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $169.00
San Francisco Night Tour by Bus, San Francisco, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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San Francisco Night Tour by Bus

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 3 Reviews

Sit back and enjoy the sights of San Francisco during this 1.5-hour bus tour through the city. Take in the spectacular views from a double decker bus at night ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $34.99
Alcatraz and Walking Craft Beer Combo Tour, San Francisco, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Alcatraz and Walking Craft Beer Combo Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 28 Reviews

Combine an independent visit to San Francisco's popular Alcatraz Island in the morning with a craft beer walking tour in the afternoon. Ride a round-trip ferry ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $117.00
Alcatraz and San Francisco Bay Adventure Sightseeing Cruise, San Francisco, Beer & Brewery Tours
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Alcatraz and San Francisco Bay Adventure Sightseeing Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 82 Reviews

Enjoy two separate adventures on San Francisco Bay with this combo experience that includes an Alcatraz tour inside the world famous prison and a sightseeing ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $155.00
San Francisco Golden Gate Whale-Watching Tour, San Francisco, Day Cruises
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San Francisco Golden Gate Whale-Watching Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 82 Reviews

Take a sightseeing cruise across San Francisco Bay and glide under the Golden Gate Bridge on this 2.5-hour whale-watching tour. Search for humpback and gray ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $45.00
Small-Group Full-Day Tour of San Francisco with Alcatraz, San Francisco, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Small-Group Full-Day Tour of San Francisco with Alcatraz

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

This full-day, small-group San Francisco city tour explores all the top attractions of the city, including Alcatraz Island prison. Explore Chinatown, the ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $129.00
San Francisco Bay Sightseeing Boat Tour, San Francisco, Cultural Tours
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San Francisco Bay Sightseeing Boat Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

Travel along the San Francisco Bay faster, farther and closer to the sights then any tour boat on the bay, and in a more private and personal setting. ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $95.00
Full Day Alcatraz and Muir Woods Tour from San Francisco, San Francisco, Day Cruises
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Full Day Alcatraz and Muir Woods Tour from San Francisco

Experience Muir Woods and Alcatraz Island in this 9 hour tour! After meeting with your guide at 8am, you will be on your way to enjoying an adventure across ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $179.00
The Original City Loop Electric Bicycle Tour, San Francisco, Cultural Tours
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The Original City Loop Electric Bicycle Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Explore areas off limits to tour buses on this truly authentic electric bicycle experience. Our guided bike ride takes you through the best neighborhoods.  ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00

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