Hyde Street Pier Tours

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Part of San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park, the Hyde Street Pier introduces visitors to San Francisco’s maritime heritage as a busy Pacific port with its collection of ships from the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Jutting out into San Francisco Bay, the pier also offers scenic views of the waterfront.
 
The Basics
Hyde Street Pier is located on the western edge of the tourist-centered Fisherman’s Wharf. From the wooden pier you can tour historic ships. Check out the Balclutha, a 3-masted square-rigger that rounded the horn 17 times, or learn how Hercules, a steam tugboat, towed another ship from New Jersey around the tip of South America to San Francisco. Guided walks and Segway tours of the waterfront are available.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Hyde Street Pier is ideal for history and naval buffs.
  • There is a visitor center at the corner of Hyde and Jefferson streets.
  • Driving is not recommended in this busy neighborhood, as street parking is limited.
  • Wear comfortable shoes to walk out on the pier and along the waterfront.
 
How to Get There
For a quintessentially San Francisco experience, take the Powell–Hyde cable car line, which runs north from Union Square to the cable car turnaround at Hyde and Beach streets. Alternatively, take the F line streetcar along the Embarcadero.
 
When to Get There
Go in the evening to enjoy the sunset light, which is perfect for photos, or go in the morning to beat the crowds that descend on Fisherman’s Wharf every day. Fleet Week (early October), and July 4 (when the city puts on a fireworks display) are great times to be on the waterfront.
 
Aquatic Park
Head just down Beach Street to Aquatic Park to visit the art-deco Maritime Museum and learn more about San Francisco’s maritime history. You’ll also see bold locals—members of the historic South End and Dolphin swimming and rowing clubs—swimming in the frigid bay waters. Just above the park is Ghirardelli Square, where you can treat yourself to some chocolate or an ice cream sundae.
Location
Address: 2905 Hyde St, San Francisco, California 94109, USA
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San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Explore San Francisco’s most iconic attractions the fun and easy way on a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Ride aboard a comfortable, double-decker coach while listening to live commentary on passing highlights and city history. Hop on or off at any of 24 different stops, including Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, Haight-Ashbury and North Beach. Alternatively, cruise across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito for fantastic views of the skyline and Alcatraz. Choose from several 1- or 2-day pass options to customize your time in the ‘City by the Bay.’
  • Duration: 2 days
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San Francisco Wharf and Waterfront Segway Tour

Take a San Francisco Segway tour along the waterfront to see popular city attractions like Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square and Alcatraz Island. With an experienced guide, you’ll cruise along San Francisco Bay on a personal 2-wheeled Segway, which you’ll learn how to operate during a training session. Limited to 10 people per tour, this tour provides a small-group experience. Choose from several tour times throughout the day.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Sunset Chinatown and Little Italy Segway Tour

For a twist on the average Segway experience, take a San Francisco night Segway tour to admire the city all lit up. Explore the neighborhoods of North Beach, Chinatown and the Embarcadero while an informative guide entertains you with trivia and interesting information about city sights like Washington Square Park and Fisherman’s Wharf. It’s a great way to start a night out in San Francisco.
  • Duration: 1 day 1 hour
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San Francisco Walking Tour: Fishermans Wharf to the Golden Gate Bridge

Stroll from Fisherman’s Wharf to the Golden Gate Bridge on a guided, 4-hour walking tour of San Francisco’s vibrant waterfront. Get an insider’s view of life in the city as you walk alongside your local guide, and learn about the area’s fascinating history and people. Explore a Civil War-era fort,  Crissy Field and watch surfers catch waves at a renowned break beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Enjoy stunning views of the Bay, Alcatraz and the soaring Marin Highlands, then finish your tour near the century-old Palace of Fine Arts.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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