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Bicycling, sightseeing, sea adventures
There are so many activities to do on the Embarcadero it is unbelievable! Everything! The Acquarium of The Bay is fascinating. You go down under to the sea life there and you walk along the ocean floor in a glass tube! The jelly fish are amazing.
There are bicycles to rent on the Wharf as well as Jet Boat rides, unique shopping like no where else in the world, ferry boat tours to Alcatraz Island the famous Federal Penetentiary prison that housed the gangster Al Capone. Sometimes if you are lucky enough, when you reach the island and take the tour you get to meet a real live inmate who was in Alcatraz long ago. They usually have written a book about their experiences and they are more than happy to sign your copy if you purchase.
The seafood on the Embarcadero is exquisite. The clam chowder bowls are the best.
- Hiking and Walking
Parks, Shopping, Dining, Jogging and More
the Embarcadero area of San Francisco is a thin but wide area near the sea front in the North Eastern edge of the city that is famous for a lot of things like Shopping, Dining, Walking Activities, Ferries, Historical Areas and more. The District Starts neat the AT & T Park (hooray giants!) and ends at the Pier 45 area. The area also has the Rincon Park located at the Bay front near the Oakland Bay Bridge (hello Tony Bennett!) plus the district includes the famous and tourist trap of Pier 39 and other architectures like the Ferry Building, Fisherman's Wharf, the Embarcadero Center and tons and tons of restaurants and bars and sidewalk cafes, for a more detailed tips, please see my separate tips of the areas around the Embarcadero.
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- Food and Dining
Arts and Architecture in the Financial District
The Embarcadero Center is a huge commercial complex made up of four office towers and two hotels. It sits at the middle of the financial district, starting at the Justin Herman Plaza and ending at Battery St. The first tower was completed in 1971, while the other three towers were completed in 1974, 1977 and 1982.
Besides the Center's many shops and restaurants, one thing that is definitely worth checking out when you're in the area is the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The 17-story atrium was beautifully designed, and its focal point is a magnificient sculpture by Charles Perry, called "Eclipse". Not so magnificient but still worth checking out, if only out of curiosity, is the Vaillancourt Fountain (also known as "Quebec libre!"). This avant-garde style fountain, made out of a series of concrete blocks, was created in 1971 by Armand Vaillancourt, a Quebec sculptor. It's not very pretty to begin with, and it is often allowed to run dry in times of drought, which makes it even worst. I was happy to see something from Quebec in San Francisco, but to be honest I kinda wish it could have been something else!
The Embarcadero is the name given to the city’s old waterfront, a nice promenade along the bay. It links Fisherman’s Wharf to +/- Bay Bridge.
Again, the walk recalls the maritime past of the City on the Bay, although most of the former port activities have been transferred to other spots.
Waterfront & the Piers
This area includes the Ferry Building with its distinctive clock tower, up Embarcadero to Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf as well as south of the Ferry Building to AT&T Park. This area is lined with parks, jogging trails, public transportation, bay views, ferries and ocean life.
The F-Line Muni runs north on Embarcadero covering the northern stretch of piers to Fisherman's Wharf while the E-Line follows the waterfront south to AT&T Park (SF Giants' Stadium).
The Embarcadero Center
The Embarcadero buildings, located on the shore of the Bay, near the Port of SF are 3 high rise buildings with lots of services inside.
Beside being an office complex, the Embaradero Center contains lots of shops, restaurants, movie theatres and other services as well.
And it's also possible to go up too the top of one of the buildings offering a great view on the city and also on the Bay.
The Embarcadero is a great place for a stroll and from here you can get a great view of the Ferry Building, one of the few survivors from the 1906 earthquake. Incidentally, the view of the building was greatly improved as a result of the damage from the 1989 earthquake done to the freeway in front of it. After clearing the rubble, city planners decided to replace the obstructive freeway with a low tree-lined boulevard. Good idea!
Walk along Embarcadero
Take a stroll from the Tram stop at the end of Maket to the waterfront in front of Ghirardelli Square, then from there continue via the fort through the park for some great views and some good exercise.
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