Pier 39, San Francisco

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  • The sea lions have landed
    The sea lions have landed
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    It is very casual
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  • A bib for the bub at Pier Market
    A bib for the bub at Pier Market
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    Pier 39 - it's all about food

    by iandsmith Updated Aug 2, 2011

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    Favorite thing: Pier 39 was originally built in 1905 as a cargo pier. Thanks to the vision of a few concerned citizens, mainly Warren Simmons, the dilapidated pier was given new life in 1978, when it was renovated as a picturesque fishing village, and since that time has blended in with Fisherman's Wharf so that most tourists rarely recognize that they've left one and entered the other.
    Let's face it, if you've come to San Francisco you've also come to try some seafood somewhere. The classic clam chowder is on every tourist's must list. You only have to stroll along the pier to see hundreds of people chomping away on the remains of the bun that housed their chowder to see how popular it is.

    Fondest memory: Having already done that I dragged Rosemarie off her oh-so-sick bed and we "discovered" Pier 39, one of San Francisco's iconic places to see.
    It's mainly about food here; you can buy it fresh from stalls or cooked in a restaurant and there's such an array to choose from.
    Meanwhile, just on the other side of the pier the famous sea lions are doing what they do - grunt noisily, squabble over spots on the moored landings and perform amazing swimming feats.
    Mind you there's also other distractions such as rides for the kids and apparel shops on this historic wharf. In fact, there's 110 specialty shops and 14 fully catered restaurants on this 45 acre site.

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    Seal or sea lion ?

    by Muya Updated Mar 22, 2007

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    Sea lions enjoying the sun

    Favorite thing: I never thought about the differences between a seal and a sea-lion until I went to Pier 39. The Marine Mammal Center displays some leaflets that you can pick up for information. And I thought I would share my new knowledge with you, or at least those among you who like animals :-)

    First of all, when you visit a zoo or an aquarium, the trained “seals” that you see are actually sea lions. Adult male have a sort of bump called “sagittal crest” on their head. Female and young male are light brown, they get dark brown as they grow older.

    Some features that differentiate seals from sea-lions :

    - ear flaps : all sea lions have ear flaps, whereas seals don’t
    - flippers and claws : sea lions have long front flippers without claws, seals have short front flippers with claws
    - way of moving : sea lions walk on land whereas seals crawl

    Now, why are they so abundant around Pier 39? Well, simply because it is a comfortable place to sleep, because they find enough fish to feed on and because they are safe from their predators (mainly the great white shark and the killer whale).

    And one funny fact for all movie fans… the war screams of the Orcs in the “Lord of the Ring” movie was a record of sounds made by young elephant seals !
    Freaky :-)

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    Be Forest Gump for a bit...

    by joits Written Feb 14, 2005
    My name is Forest Gump...

    Favorite thing: Pier 39 already has a lot to do, but if you are a fan of Forest Gump, head to Bubba Gump restaurant and enjoy the food. Outside the restaurant there is a bench where you can pretend to be Forest Gump. Check out the pic, they have Forest's shoes as well as his suitcase and them famous box of chocolates.

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    Pier 39 and the sea lions

    by sswagner Written Jan 21, 2005
    Sea Lions

    Favorite thing: Pier 39 is full of eateries and shops and is located in the center of Fishermans Wharf. There are some platforms just off the pier facing the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance. On these platforms lie a bunch of sea lions. They always seem to get a lot of attention.

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    The lot of us at Pier 39

    by b1bob Updated May 1, 2004

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    Uncle Dick, Grandma, Scott and me

    Fondest memory: This was my first trip to California and my first time flying. The "I can't believe I'm here" adrenaline was very much in play at the time this picture was taken the day after Grandma Terry and I arrived. We spent a lot of our time in San Francisco at Pier 39. My cousin Scott and I split off from Aunt Natalie, Uncle Dick, and Grandma and we reunited for a picnic lunch of sourdough bread, cheese, and berries.

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    Colorful Pier 39

    by meteorologist1 Updated Jan 5, 2004
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    Fondest memory: Pier 39 offers a lot of great activities: an aquarium, shops, restaurants, and even a California Welcome Center. There are a lot of shops that sell San Francisco souvenirs, which you might enjoying buying.

    Enjoy a tasty bowl of clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl!!

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    • Arts and Culture

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    Pier 39

    by furioso Written Dec 16, 2002

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    Favorite thing: PIER 39, San Francisco's Number #1 Attraction, has 110 specialty shops,
    11 Bay View restaurants, and numerous fun events and attractions. ...
    Beschreibung: Specialty shops, bay view restaurants, and numerous fun attractions.

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    Pier 39 has to have the most...

    by nursenunez Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Pier 39 has to have the most things to do. So many restaurants and shops. I enjoyed taking a cruise around the bay that takes you under Golden Gate bridge and around Alcatraz, lasts about 30 mins. The Bubba Gump Co. (named after a character in the famous movie Forest Gump) is a great place to eat looking over the Bay- absolutely gorgeous view. The Aquarium of the Bay is an awesome experience for children and adults- a must see.

    Fondest memory: I really enjoyed the scenery and quiet atmosphere of being in Golden Gate park at the Japanese Tea Gardens. It was beatiful and so nice to sit at the little cafe and have Japanese green tea and cookies within the beauty of the gardens. It made me want to have one at home.

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    Krystynn's General Tip

    by Krystynn Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Fondest memory: Hello - from Pier 39.

    You know what? There are loads of things/ activities you can do here.... some are FREE whilst others....well, you just need to fork out a few $$$ in order to enjoy them! Either way, I'm sure you'd gonna enjoy them! O.K., just to get you going, I'd recommend that you:

    Go on a Bay Cruise.

    Gulp down a bowl of the tasty Clam Chowder Soup.
    You can buy it from a food vendor along the street. I know this doesn't sound very hygienic.... but hey, I didn't suffer from any stomach cramps after trying it!

    Catch a street performance.
    Some of the buskers here are so good that they've managed to turn street performances into an art form! Oh, you're also expected to tip them some $$$. So, don't run away after the performance lest they run after you!! :-))

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    chill out at Pier 39,...

    by Krystynn Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: chill out at Pier 39, located right on the Bay just east of the famed Fisherman's Wharf!

    Pier 39 features many fine restaurants and over 100 specialty shops (yes, you're seeing correctly)... continuous entertainment and a splendid 350-berth marina! Man, they have everything here!!!

    So, who needs the French Riviera when you have this? Have fun!

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    Sea Lions at Pier 39

    by Carmela71 Written Sep 3, 2004

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    Favorite thing: This page is under construction. I am just now adding the photos and slowly I will write about each individual tip.

    Please come back later.

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    Have a look at the seals

    by GUYON Updated Jul 24, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Go to the Pier 39. Open from 10:30 AM to 8:30 PM.

    Fondest memory: The seals know the place is good. They come in familly and with the friends.

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