Fisherman's Wharf Tours

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Fisherman's Wharf
Once the stomping ground of Italian fishermen, Fisherman’s Wharf is now one of San Francisco’s most popular tourist destinations. The bustling waterfront strip is filled with souvenir shops, seafood restaurants, and a wealth of family-friendly attractions—most notably a colony of sea lions that sunbathes and poses for photos on Pier 39.

The Basics
Carnivalesque Fisherman’s Wharf teems with sights, sounds, tastes, and activities to entertain the whole family. Here you can enjoy panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz Island; walk through underwater tunnels at the Aquarium of the Bay; and board historic ships and a World War II submarine at the Hyde Street Pier. The wax collection at Madame Tussauds and the theatrical San Francisco Dungeon are also popular, while the antique penny arcade Musée Mécanique is a must-see for gamers.
 
As one of the most popular attractions in San Francisco, Fisherman’s Wharf is featured on most full-day and half-day city tours. Explore the wharf and surrounding neighborhoods on a Segway, bike, or coach tour; enjoy craft brews on a walking tour of North Beach and Fisherman’s Wharf bars; or visit on a full-day excursion to such famous Bay Area sights as Alcatraz, Chinatown, Haight-Ashbury, and Muir Woods.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Fisherman’s Wharf is a must-see for first-time visitors to San Francisco. 
  • Choose a half-day city tour or a full-day excursion that includes top Bay Area sights to get an introduction to the area.
  • Public parking is available nearby and public transit is easily accessible. 
  • The wharf is wheelchair accessible, although the sidewalks are often crowded. 

How to Get There
Fisherman’s Wharf lies on the city’s northern shore, next to Ghirardelli Square, Fort Mason, and the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. The area is easy to access via public transportation. Both the Powell–Hyde and Powell–Mason cable car lines end near the wharf (opt for the more scenic Powell–Hyde line). Alternatively, take MUNI’s historic F-line streetcar to Taylor Street or the 30-Stockton bus to North Point and Hyde streets. 

When to Get There
The wharf is a year-round destination. Summer is the most popular time to visit, when street performers are out in force and attractions are at capacity. To avoid crowds, visit on a weekday and arrive early, but remember that most shops and attractions don’t open until about 10am. Sunny days are best for a visit, but the wharf has enough indoor attractions for dreary days.

Exploring Nearby Attractions
Fisherman’s Wharf is an ideal jumping-off point for visiting other San Francisco attractions. To pick up the city’s most famous treat, head west to Ghirardelli Square, a former chocolate factory that now houses boutiques, sweet shops, and wine tasting rooms. Continue west on Bay Street to visit Marina boutiques and enjoy the natural wonders of the Presidio, or head south down the Embarcadero for the Ferry Building gourmet marketplace and the hands-on Exploratorium science museum.
Address: Taylor Street at The Embarcadero, San Francisco 94133, USA
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Admission: Free
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USS Pampanito General Admission

Secure your tickets ahead of time, and hop aboard a real submarine at this museum at Pier 45 in Fisherman’s Wharf. With this ticket, get full access to the USS Pampanito, a World War II Balao-class submarine. Tour the museum at your own pace, passing by torpedoes, through the engine room, mess hall, and more.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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San Francisco Craft Beer Walking Tour in Fisherman's Wharf and North Beach

Explore two popular San Francisco neighborhoods and visit craft beer locations on this walking tour of Fisherman's Wharf and North Beach, adjacent districts in the northeast end of the city. With a guide, you'll stop at three bars to taste and learn about California craft brews.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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San Francisco Night Tour by Bus

See the Golden Gate Bridge, the Embarcadero, Union Square, and other San Francisco sights on this 90-minute evening tour by double-decker bus. Starting at Fisherman’s Wharf, you’ll cruise through the city to see top attractions in a convenient way with live commentary from an on-board guide.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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San Francisco Deluxe Half-Day City Tour

Take a San Francisco half-day tour to pack in the city’s top sights in a convenient way that leaves you with plenty of time to spare so you can enjoy the city however you wish. With a driver-guide, travel the city by bus, stopping at major attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks. Get oriented as you pass through neighborhoods like North Beach and Chinatown, and admire the City by the Bay’s famous Victorian homes. Plus, you can upgrade to include a 1-hour cruise on San Francisco Bay.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Alcatraz and San Francisco City Tour Combo

Explore San Francisco and Alcatraz on this full-day tour. Hop aboard a ferry for a scenic ride to Alcatraz and enjoy the award-winning audio walking tour. Then, with a knowledgeable local guide, learn about the City by the Bay through visits to top attractions such as Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, the Presidio, and the Palace of Fine Arts.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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San Francisco Super Saver: City Tour plus Muir Woods and Sausalito Day Trip

Combine two of San Francisco’s top tours into one Super Saver, which provides a comprehensive look at the best of the Bay Area. You’ll travel by bus to Muir Woods, crossing the Golden Gate Bridge on the way, and be wowed by the towering redwood trees of the old-growth forest. Then visit the waterfront town of Sausalito before returning to San Francisco for a deluxe city tour that takes in major attractions like Chinatown, Golden Gate Park and Twin Peaks.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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San Francisco Helicopter and Alcatraz Tour

Fly over San Francisco in a helicopter for stunning aerial views of the area, then take the ferry to explore Alcatraz. Book this flexible combination tour over consecutive days or on the same day, and choose from three different flight times and two pickup locations. The 20-minute helicopter flight allows spectacular aerial views of the city's major landmarks. After your flight, board a ferry to Alcatraz and take an award-winning audio tour of 'the Rock'.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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San Francisco Love Tour

Hop on a ‘70s-era VW bus and get to know the hippie past and hipster vibe that make up San Francisco today. Starting and ending at Fisherman’s Wharf, this 2-hour sightseeing tour takes you around the city, including Chinatown, North Beach, the Castro, the Mission, downtown and more. See the homes of The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, while listening to ‘60s classics. So settle into a neon-blue seat and dig your shoes into groovy shag carpet. Each bus accommodates up to just six people.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Viator Exclusive 3-for-1 Pass: Alcatraz, San Francisco Dungeon and Madame Tussauds

Visit three of San Francisco’s best attractions on the same day; this combo pass includes ferry transport to Alcatraz Island and access to the island itself, admission to the word famous Madame Tussauds wax museum plus The San Francisco Dungeon. The San Francisco Dungeon is a unique and immersive theatrical attraction that brings to life the dark history of San Francisco. Marvel at stunningly lifelike figures of athletes, celebrities and politicians at the wax museum including famous San Franciscans. Finally, catch a ferry from Alcatraz Landing across San Francisco Bay to ‘The Rock’ where you can explore the prison cells that once held America’s most-wanted criminals during a self-guided audio tour.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Wine Country by Helicopter with Wine Tasting and Food Pairing

Fly by helicopter from the San Francisco Bay Area to Wine Country during this tour. Enjoy views of the city, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Wine Country's rolling vineyards before touching down at one of the area's most prestigious wineries. Enjoy a guided tour of the property, tapas and a wine tasting. With your small group limited to 6 people, learn about the winery's world-class varietals and all the love and labor that goes into making the perfect cabernet. When your 3-hour excursion is over, travel back to San Francisco by helicopter.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Small Group Tour of San Francisco

See San Francisco’s top attractions on a 3.5-hour tour by deluxe minivan. Led by a local guide, this small-group tour will take you through the famous neighborhoods of North Beach and Haight-Ashbury for a more personal sightseeing experience. You’ll also pass attractions like Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks and Fisherman’s Wharf, stopping to admire the views along the way.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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San Francisco Vista Grande Helicopter Tour

Fly in a helicopter over San Francisco's most famous landmarks on this 30-minute tour. Fly over some of the city's neighborhoods, then head for Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge. Continue towards Sausalito, Tiburon, Angel Island and the Marin Headlands while you enjoy choreographed musical accompaniment and informative commentary from your expert pilot. 
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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San Francisco Golden Gate Seaplane Tour

Admire San Francisco from the air on this seaplane adventure from Sausalito. Aboard a 6-passenger plane, you’ll fly over the bay, taking in views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Muir Woods and more. See downtown San Francisco and Fisherman’s Wharf, and soar past Angel Island. Everyone gets a window seat on this 30-minute flight, and transportation is available from Pier 39.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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7-Day Tour to Yosemite, Las Vegas, Sedona, Monument Valley from San Francisco

Explore some of the top destinations of the American West on a 6-night, 1-way tour from San Francisco to Las Vegas. You'll travel through California, Nevada, and Arizona to visit Yosemite National Park, Las Vegas, Sedona, Antelope Canyon, and Horseshoe Bend. Attractions include a cruise on San Francisco Bay, an evening tour of the Las Vegas Strip, visiting Hoover Dam, and Jeep tour through Monument Valley.
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Duration: 7 days
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San Francisco Fire Engine Tour

Take an open-air fire truck tour of San Francisco aboard a shiny red vintage fire engine. You’ll be the talk of the town as you suit up in a firefighter jacket and hat for a fun ride with the whole family. Your professional driver narrates the tour from Fisherman's Wharf through the Presidio and across the city's world-famous Golden Gate Bridge to charming Sausalito. Fasten your seat belt for the drive of a lifetime on this small-group San Francisco fire engine tour, limited to 13 passengers.
  • Duration: 15 hours
  • Duration: 15 hours
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San Francisco Full Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Make your own travel itinerary for the day while in San Francisco with this full-day hop-on hop-off buss pass. Ride a double-decker bus throughout the city, and hop off and back on at any of the stops along the route. Make stops at Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Park, Union Square, Chinatown, the Financial District, and Haight-Ashbury. Along the way see some of SF’s most popular places, such as Pier 39, the Palace of Fine Arts, the de Young Museum, and War Memorial Opera House.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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Golden Gate Bridge Guided Bicycle or E-Bike Tour from San Francisco to Sausalito

Cycle through San Francisco and across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge on this 3-hour guided bike tour. Led by a local guide, you’ll ride along the waterfront, passing Fisherman’s Wharf and the historic Presidio. Then admire the city skyline from the Golden Gate Bridge, with views of Alcatraz and the long stretch of the Pacific on the opposite side. Your tour will conclude in Sausalito or Tiburon, where you can explore before taking the ferry back to San Francisco. Your bike rental is valid for 24 hours to continue sightseeing on your own.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Small-Group Tour: San Francisco City Tour Including Muir Woods and Sausalito

Spend your day exploring the ‘City by the Bay’ before a scenic drive across the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Woods National Monument and the nearby waterfront of charming Sausalito. This narrated small-group tour takes in all of the San Francisco highlights, from Golden Gate Park and Haight-Ashbury to the Palace of Fine Arts and Presidio. Then wander on foot under California’s giant coastal redwoods before exploring the gift shops and galleries of Sausalito.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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San Francisco Love Night Tour

Get to know the hippie past and hipster vibe that make up San Francisco today aboard a colorful 1970s-era Volkswagen bus. Enjoy the illuminated city during this 2-hour night tour that takes you to Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, North Beach, the Castro, the Mission, downtown and more. Check out the homes of The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, while listening to ‘60s classics. So dig your shoes into groovy shag carpet and shake some beaded curtains. Each bus accommodates up to just six people.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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The Ultimate Day in the Bay Including Muir Woods

Enjoy an introduction to San Francisco on this 6-hour tour that includes a trip across San Francisco Bay to Muir Woods National Monument. You'll be driven around the city to see its diverse neighborhoods and geography, stopping several times for photo ops. At Muir Woods, admire the towering redwood trees, and visit the waterfront town of Sausalito for lunch (own expense).
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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San Francisco Air Tour

Breathtaking aerial vistas await you on the San Francisco Air Tour — a 35-minute flight over the major landmarks of the San Francisco Bay Area. Get a bird's-eye view of the Bay Bridge, Treasure Island, Downtown Oakland, Alcatraz, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Coit Tower, Downtown Oakland, the Bay Bridge and more.
  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Duration: 45 minutes
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San Francisco Private Love Tour

If you’re going to do a sightseeing tour of San Francisco by bus, make it a memorable one. Book a 1970s-era Volkswagen bus for your private party of six and wind through the city’s top attractions with a personalized guide on a 4-hour tour. Travel into streets that larger vehicles cannot pass through as you explore Chinatown, North Beach, the Castro, the Mission, downtown and more. See the homes of The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, while listening to ‘60s classics. Hotel transport included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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San Francisco City Sights Seaplane Tour

Soar above the famous hills, bridges, and bay of San Francisco on a 20-minute seaplane flight. Departing from the charming seaside village of Sausalito, take to the skies with an experienced pilot for a bird’s-eye view of the area’s spectacular geography and cultural landmarks, including Fisherman's Wharf, Nob Hill, Alcatraz, and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. With guaranteed window seats for every passenger, it's an unforgettable way to view one of the world's most beautiful cities.
  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Duration: 20 minutes
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3-Hour San Francisco Segway Tour: Fisherman's Wharf to the Marina

Hop on board a 2-wheeled, self-balancing electric Segway to explore the Fisherman's Wharf, Ghirardelli Square and Marina neighborhoods of San Francisco. During this 3-hour excursion, suitable for both beginners and veterans, glide through some of the city's most popular areas and get views of landmarks like the the Palace of Fine Arts and the Golden Gate Bridge. Listen to facts about San Francisco's history and culture from your expert guide while covering much more ground than you could on foot. A Segway orientation and use of all safety equipment is included.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Skip The Bus: San Francisco By Luxury Minivan Tour

Avoid the crowds, confusion, and limitations of large buses and discover San Francisco by private luxury minivan. The 4-hour tour takes you to parts of the city where buses aren’t allowed.  With maximum five passengers, you’re guaranteed a window seat, while you listen to live commentary. Stop for photo opportunities at six of the city’s most popular attractions, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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