Pier 39, San Francisco

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The Embarcadero at Beach Street (415) 705-5500
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    The sea lions at Pier 39

    by Gypsystravels Updated Aug 26, 2015

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    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.

    Address: The Embarcadero at Beach Street

    Phone: (415) 705-5500

    Website: http://www.pier39.com/home.cfm

    Awwww....aren't they cute Don't pile on the sea lion I'm a boistreous male We all get along famously I'm the star attraction here
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    Pier 39

    by apbeaches Updated Aug 26, 2015

    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.

    Address: The Embarcadero at Beach Street

    Directions: The pier is located at the edge of the Fisherman's Wharf district and is close to North Beach, Chinatown, and the Embarcadero. The area is easily accessible via the historic F Market streetcars.

    Phone: (415) 705-5500

    Website: http://www.pier39.com/home.cfm

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    "Awesome place"

    by Robertwilliams Written Jul 21, 2015

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    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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    “Touristy”

    by Gloriajames Written Jun 19, 2015

    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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    Watching the Sea Lions

    by atufft Written Jan 18, 2015

    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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    The Lottery

    by solopes Updated Oct 29, 2014

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    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.

    Address: The Embarcadero at Beach Street

    Phone: (415) 705-5500

    Website: http://www.pier39.com/home.cfm

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    Sea Lions

    by nyceagle1633 Written Nov 7, 2011

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    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.

    Address: The Embarcadero at Beach Street

    Phone: (415) 705-5500

    Website: http://www.pier39.com/home.cfm

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    Welcome to the Tourist Trap

    by bakingguitar Written Mar 28, 2011

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    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.

    Address: The Embarcadero at Beach Street

    Phone: (415) 705-5500

    Website: http://www.pier39.com/home.cfm

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    The Big Tourist Trap

    by cjg1 Updated Jan 28, 2011

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    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.

    Address: The Embarcadero at Beach Street

    Phone: (415) 705-5500

    Website: http://www.pier39.com/home.cfm

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    Check out what's left of the Sea Lions

    by cjg1 Updated Jan 27, 2011

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    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.

    Address: The Embarcadero at Beach Street

    Phone: (415) 705-5500

    Website: http://www.pier39.com/home.cfm

    Liz and the A small number of sealions

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    Great For Picture Taking

    by azz8206 Updated Jan 10, 2011

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    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.

    Address: The Embarcadero at Beach Street

    Phone: (415) 705-5500

    Website: http://www.pier39.com/home.cfm

    Sea lions lazing around on a sunny afternoon The Coit Tower and Transamerica Building Alcatraz Island The Golden Gate Bridge away in the distance The cityscape of San Francisco seen from Pier 39
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    Pier 39

    by tim07 Updated Feb 28, 2010

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    Refurbished in 1978 to resemble a wooden fishing village, this 1905 pier has over 100 shops & restaurants spread over two levels.

    As well as its most famous attraction, the sea lions, it also has an aquarium & amusement arcades. Another highlight is the San Francisco Carousel, this hand painted carousel has 32 animals to ride.

    Address: The Embarcadero at Beach Street

    Phone: (415) 705-5500

    Website: http://www.pier39.com/home.cfm

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    Amazing Sight

    by SabrinaSummerville Written Dec 20, 2009

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    I had expected Pier 39 to be a pretty special place, but nothing could have prepared me for this total mish-mash of shops, restaurants, amusements, and wildlife.

    The huge Christmas Tree and topiary reindeer at the entrance was just a suggestion of things to come. As I walked along the pier the attractively painted shops became more unusual, the restaurants (just starting to open for the day) beckoned with the wafting scents of garlic and seafood, and people jostled in the icy cold December morning to feast their eyes on this delightful spectacle.

    I found myself facing the famous two tiered carousel. It wasn't as impressive as I'd expected, smaller perhaps, but there it was.

    It's hard to miss Pier 39 as gigantic flags announce that you've arrived. Next door you will find the pier where you buy tickets for day trips to Alcatraz and boat trips around the bay and under the Golden Gate bridge.

    We had only a very short time here. We intended to come back but never made it this trip. It is something I will continue to regret until I get here again.

    Address: The Embarcadero at Beach Street

    Phone: (415) 705-5500

    Website: http://www.pier39.com/home.cfm

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    Super Sea Lions

    by amandajayne81 Written Oct 25, 2009

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    I had heard that there were sea lions that liked to hang around Pier 39 and I was expecting to spot a few here and there. Initially I did but then I kept walking and spotted LOTS more. They are noisy and smelly but definitely worth watching for a while, There is a shopping, games, Aquarium complex right next to the se lions, My favourite shop was 'Lefties of San Francisco.' My favourite magnet from there was 'Everyone is born right handed only the greatest overcome it!'

    Pier 39 is the place that most of the day tours leave from. Free to look around and definitely worth the time.

    Address: The Embarcadero at Beach Street

    Phone: (415) 705-5500

    Website: http://www.pier39.com/home.cfm

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    The sea lions of Pier 39

    by Jefie Written Oct 3, 2009

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    The several shops, restaurants and family attractions found at Pier 39 make it a very popular spot for visitors. However, what I enjoyed the most about Pier 39 was to watch the colony of sea lions that has taken over a huge part of the docks! The first sea lions appeared at the pier in 1989 - back then, only a dozen or so sea lions hung around Pier 39. Two years later, the population had swelled to over 500 individuals, and the last official count indicates that over 1000 sea lions now live at Pier 39! Of course, the smell is... interesting, but it's worth breathing through your mouth for a few minutes to watch the sea lions interact with each other :o)

    Address: The Embarcadero at Beach Street

    Phone: 415-705-5500

    Website: http://www.pier39.com

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