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"The Golden Gate Bridge is an architectural masterpiece standing at a staggering 746 feet and spanning 8981 feet completed in 1937 it was the world’s longest suspension bridge until 1964. The captivating international orange color is a unique trait of the bridge.An historic icon of San Francisco the cable cars is the world's last manually operated cable car system. Running along California street the cable car connects Union Square to Fisherman’s Wharf. Due to limited time we are passing by only.Union Square located in downtown San Francisco is a large open plaza with a towering monument commemorating The May 1st
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Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Tour
"San Francisco packs a lot of fun into just 47 square miles: eclectic architecture renowned museums top-notch restaurants and pier-side attractions. One of the best ways to see these sights and more is on an open-top Big Bus that allows you to discover the City by the Bay at your own pace.Start at the San Francisco Visitor Center or hop on at any stop along the route to redeem your voucher (see Itinerary for full list of stops). Set out on b double-decker bus to soak up panoramic views of San Francisco including Union Square
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San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Tour
"Ride on a double-decker bus as you listen to facts about San Francisco's most popular neighborhoods and attractions. You can hop on and off the double-decker bus as many times as you like departing from any stop at 15- to 20-minute intervals throughout the day. In the summer the top deck is open and during winter clear screens shelter you from the cold and offer unobstructed views of the city.The duration of the San Francisco loop is approximately 2 hours across 17 stops where you can automatically redeem your voucher. With 1- or 2-day City Loop passes av you have plenty of time to explore San Francisco at your leisure. If you miss something on your first loop of the city simply re-board the bus and go around again.The Sausalito Loop pass gives you the option of simply taking a trolley tour
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Pier 39 Tips (118)

I Loved The Sea Lions

sea lions or seals .. either way they are super cutie and fun to watch. There are so many of them .. i like to focus on a few at a time and watch them interact .. bump eachother in the water ect. I watched for about an hour each day ... far longer than my husband would have liked. the smell is strong and offensive.

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Oct 21, 2016

The sea lions at Pier 39

Since 1990 the sea lions have been spotted out on PIER 39's West Marina. Every winter the population of these sea lions can increase by over 900 with most of them being males. They migrate south during the summer months for breeding season but you can still see a small group at the pier during any given month.

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Aug 26, 2015

Pier 39

Pier 39 is a popular tourist shopping center and attraction built on a San Francisco pier with shops, restaurants, a video arcade, street performances, the Aquarium of the Bay, virtual 3D rides, and views of California sea lions hauled out on docks on Pier 39's marina. The marina is home to the floating Forbes Island restaurant. A two-story carousel is one of the pier's more dominant features, although it is not directly visible from the street and sits towards the end of the pier. The family-oriented entertainment and presence of marine mammals make this a popular tourist location for families with kids.

From the pier we could see Angel Island, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Bay Bridge. The Blue & Gold Fleet's bay cruises leave from Pier 39. Pier 39 was first developed by entrepreneur Warren Simmons and opened October 4, 1978.

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Aug 26, 2015

"Awesome place"

Awesome place to visit with your family. Pier 39 is full of many shops & restaurants. The view is great. Also, you are at the marina area so lots of opportunities to take boat tours, go to Alcatraz. Lots of street vendors & entertainers all over the place. We were down there on the 8th of July & even though there was lots of people, it was still fun - lots of activities & lots of great choices for food.

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Jul 21, 2015
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My husband decide to go visit Pier 39. The Pier 39 was a great place to visit in San Francisco, It's a little bit too tourist place but you must take a look of it. Inside Pier is full of every kind of shops and restaurants. Fun place - plenty of food outlets and tacky shops. There was an awesome atmosphere. If you want a real seafood or claim chowder this is the place to go as they are in abundance and are served in the bread bowls. YUM! You will also see all the seals on the floating piers lazing in the sun. We loved San Francisco and you will too!

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Jun 19, 2015

Watching the Sea Lions

The best part of Pier 39 is watching the sea lions lounging on the floating docks that have been set aside for them. Normally, despite ample dock space, the barking seals will prefer to crowd themselves, complaining loudly for every newcomer that crawls across the bodies. Originally, the harbor officials and restauranteurs thought the sea lions a nuisance, but the popularity of this urban experience was so great it's become institutionalized. Boats aren't allowed to take away seal dock space.

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Jan 18, 2015

The Lottery

Thousands of people in Portugal discuss the best way to promote tourism in our country. Well, sometimes it just a question of luck, as in San Francisco. The sea lions decided to invade pier 39, and locals only needed to accept them to have another unused attraction.

So, while the discussion continues, the lottery (or a candle in Fatima for the religious people) may help, but for the moment, only one message: If a lot of animals invade any Portuguese space, before acting, think at San Francisco's example: Extermination is not always the answer.

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Oct 29, 2014

Sea Lions

Pier 39 (at least to me) is cheesy, BUT, the one thing I absolutely loved and laughed my arse off was the sea lions. I could sit there and watch them for at least an hour, arfing at each other, basking in the sun, they are hilarious.

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Nov 07, 2011

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Welcome to the Tourist Trap

Pier 39 is what i like to call: a waste of money. Pier 39 is full of expensive fun/food. Places here are expensive. There's really nothing great say about Pier 39. It's really busy all the time, things are EXPENSIVE, WAY to many People. If you like arcades, i would recommend on going to the Metreon instead. More games, better games, better token exchange rate.

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Mar 28, 2011

The Big Tourist Trap

Ah...Pier 39...the place created for the tourists. Shopping, dining, fun for the kids and all jammed together on Pier 39. If you are looking for crowds, this is the place to be. With places like the Hard Rock Cafe...of course the masses will come to visit. Throw in some sealions and ice cream and it's a family fun fest.

Pier 39, is a place to go when you have never seen it before or just happen to be walking by in the area. I have found it a bit to congested for my liking and the food and shops overpriced for what they are selling.

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Jan 28, 2011

Check out what's left of the Sea Lions

The Sea Lions of Pier 39 are a big tourist draw. Once the sea lions numbered in the hundreds but recently their numbers have dwindled down significantly and no one knows why.

During our last trip to SF, we walked around Pier 39 and checked out the animals. There were a handful clustered together as well as a loner sitting by himself.

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Jan 27, 2011

Great For Picture Taking

Pier 39 is a great place to load up your camera with some very nice pictures. You get some great views over the Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge, Alcatraz, Angel Island, Coit Tower and the San Francisco skyline, not to mention the sea lions.
You can buy a sourdough bowl of delicious clam chowder or enjoy an ice cream while sitting on the pier and listening to the sea lions bark.
Take the Powell-Mason cable car to the end of the line at Taylor St. then walk three blocks down and to your right. It's about a ten minute walk to the pier.

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Jan 10, 2011

Things to Do Near Pier 39

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Aquarium of the Bay

Explore the wonder of San Francisco Bay at Aquarium of the Bay that is located at the water’s edge with 20,000 local sea creatures. There are three main exhibit areas that display the amazing...
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Angel Island State Park

Established in 1975, Angel Island Association is a nonprofit organization working to facilitate the preservation, restoration and interpretation of historical and natural resources on the island,...
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Telegraph Hill

Most people know Telegraph Hill only as the location of Coit Tower. What they don't realize is that this is one of San Francisco's oldest neighborhoods with rare, mid 19th-century homes that survived...
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Red and White Fleet

The Red and White Fleet have been in service since 1892. It continues serving the Bay Area with cruises that offer such beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Marin County, and more....
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Fisherman's Wharf

We were last here in 82, just around the corner that use to be a Travelodge that didn't have airconditioning back then, it is now called The Wharf Inn. What a transformation this area has taken on. ...
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Coit Tower

Lillian Hitchcock Coit, an eccentric "mascot" fire-fighter adored San Francisco. She left the city one-third of her estate to build a tower in her honor upon her death in 1929. So the city built Coit...
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Getting to Pier 39


The Embarcadero at Beach Street


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