The most touristy place in the city, Pier 39 is home to the sea lions, but also dozens of souvenir shops, ice cream shops, and restaurants. I wasn't a big fan of this area and probably will not return.
To all the crepe fans this should be a treat. My husband and I bumped into this crowded (so you can be quite assured of the qulaity and taste) Crepe corner at Pier 39. Infact the interesting part was that people could actually watch the experts making their crepes. The most polpular seemed to be the Nutella and Banana crepe, but their list was very long along with some specials like shrimp ad turkey. I tried the most popular the 'Nutelle and Banana' and going by the buzz I had to try it. My husband does not have a sweet tooth hence he tried the regular 'Cheese Crepe. Wipped cream and powdered sugar was complimentary with all the crepes. It was worth a try and something to recommend to all the Crepe lovers. They do have beverages and serve Starbucks coffee as well. Now the down part, for the a Nutella and Banana crepe I felt $6.50 was a bit expensive, but I guess, its not a surprise for San Francisco.
When at Fisherman's Wharf, be sure to check out Pier 39. It's one of those places that people love or have because it is so touristy. Basically, it is a pier that has been converted into a mall. There are many shops and restaurants there. I particularly like the souvenir shop at the entrance which has lots of items at a reasonable price. Pier 39's other attractions include the Aquarium of the Bay, the Venetian Carousel, and Turbo Ride (a simulation theatre). It is also known for the sea lions that seasonally make K dock their home. When I was there in July 2005, the sea lions were elsewhere. When I visited in June and September of 2006, however, they were there in numbers.
An atraction in San francisco is Pier 39. It's situated next to Fisherman's Wharf and the reason it is so well known is for its sea lions that abound there and its wonderful views of the Bay, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Here you will also find many seafood restaurants.
In winter the sea lions can reach the number of 900, most of them being males. They are very funny, making their own noises and sounds and sunbathing calmly while people watch them.
This is the most famous pier to visit in San Francisco. It is bustling with activity, street performers, food stands, an aquarium, arcades, interesting shops and a good place for souvenir shopping, and many excellent restaurants.
It's a good place to get a delicious hot dog or some of San Francisco's fine seafood or clam chowder.
One of today's most popular attractions are the sea lions who have also made San Francisco Pier 39 their home. 20 years ago, there were just a handful today they number in the hundreds.
Pier 39 is simply a fun place to go and enjoy the atmosphere. Make sure to take a wind breaker as it gets chilly at night and the wind can be a little strong.
The view from Pier 39 takes in the upper levels of San Francisco, the bay (including Alcatraz) and even the Golden Gate Bridge. Take a walk on the outer pier and you will see all this. It is amazing to see how close Alcatraz is and understand that the very, very, cold water between Pier 39 and Alcatraz presented an unconquerable barrier for prisoners trying to escape. The local "residents" of Pier 39 are a large family or pod of seals who have taken over this quiet protected harbor (and yes I spell it harbor and not harbour like in England ;o))) There is no way to get very close to them, but you can both hear AND smell them very well. I liked the small lighthouse perched on the entrance here.
Pier 39, adjacent to Fisherman's Wharf, has something for everyone, shops, amusment park, restaurants, photo shops, ice-cream, even a fresh fruit stand...We checked out the prices of some of the items, T-Shirts for example were quite expensive as were souveniers, even the postcards, so we just enjoyed wandering and viewing the bay from the pier.
The best attraction at Fisherman's Wharf is definetely Pier 39. Everybody who visits wants to come to this San Francisco landmark.
Every good thing supposedly attainable here is much better and cheaper elsewhere.... If you want seafood, this is the place, you'll have lots of options where the main specialty would be clam chowder. Parking, as in all San Francisco sucks . A huge structure is available at very creative prices. Many ferries do leave from here, which is a worthwhile reason to stop briefly.
Bring your kid's and they'll love the 2 story-carrousel.
This is quite a spectacle to see. These sea lions just gather on these floating docks- sometimes a few and sometimes hundreds! They lie there and sun themselves and make their territorial grunting sounds. It is actually quite fascinating and really mesmerizing to watch.
When you hear people talk about hanging out at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, most of the time they are implying the area around Pier 39. Pier 39 is in fact a real Pier, but it has been transformed into a little community of restaurants and shops. In terms of seafood, I think you're still better off walking down the water a bit and finding a little family restaurant on the beach serving crab, but Pier 39 is a neat experience if you're looking to explore Fisherman's Wharf in a hurry.
Pier 39, located near Fisherman's Wharf, is San Francisco's favourite attraction. A festival marketplace with more than 110 stores and 13 bay view restaurants, it offers a variety of fun-filled attractions for all ages including, splashy sea lions, street performers and live daily entertainment.
Inspired by "a hot flash and a bottle of wine", the show is a fun-filled performance of laughter and song created as a celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived "The Change."
Performance Schedule: Wednesday 2 PM and 8 PM, Thursday 8 PM, Friday 8 PM, Saturday 4 PM and 8 PM and Sunday 1 PM and 4 PM. Dark Monday and Tuesday.
Pier 39 is the busiest and most popular pier along San Francisco bay. It has a lot of souvenir and food shops and restaurants. And you would find interesting presentations/shows at the center stage (saw an entertaining magic/variety show once).
There's a lot of photo spots scattered around the area where you could just stand and be guaranteed of a nice San Francisco picture.:) It's also where the Aquarium of the Bay is, and there are nice lookout spots for watching the sea lions that have made Pier 39 their permanent residence.
This is located right at Pier 39 in San Francisco. Visit the aquarium for a quick study and exposure of bay inhabitants, which include rays, sea stars, fish, sharks and jellyfish. They allow you to touch the rays and sharks in some of the open pools. There's a short underwater tunnel ride that allows you to see all the animals in their natural habitat. Great for kids and nature-lovers.
Tickets cost $13.95 for adults.
Instant atmosphere, this place overwhelms the senses. There is so much to do, see, eat, and smell.
Do: Watch free street performers, ride on a carousel
See: Where the Sea Lions hangout
Eat: Burgers, Pizza, Chinese, Seafood, Pasta, Ice Cream, endless fast-food, for a sit down restaurant I like the casual "Eagle Cafe"
Smell: Go to the end of the Pier, and look out over the Bay, you'll feel like you are on a Cruise Ship and that you can practically touch Alcatraz Island. The view from the end of Pier 39 is one my favorite places to experience the Bay without taking a Bay Cruise.
Picture: Don't forget your camera
Also: Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise can be boarded nearby. Dress warm for the Pier, especially after 3pm when the wind starts to pickup. It's never a warm night out on The Embarcadero, prepare for cold & fog. The people in these pictures hit the Pier on a rare warm day. Dress in layers.