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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
From $30.00
San Francisco City Morning Tour
"Join us and explore the beauty of San Francisco know the history come across neighborhoods and appreciate its outstanding views and sights. Our knowledgeable and experienced guides provide a fun and comprehensive look into the culture and history of the City by the Bay.Highlights include (subject to change):
From $59.00
Golden Gate Bay Cruise
"Departing from Pier 43 in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf you'll sail past the San Francisco skyline and view the lively neighborhood of North Beach and San Francisco Maritime National Park.As you head west toward the Golden Gate Bridge cruise along Fort Mason and the Marina District which was devastated in the 1989 earthquake. Don't miss incredible photo opportunities when sailing directly under the massive 4200-foot (1260-meter) span of the Golden Gate Bridge.Steaming back into the bay you'll travel past the wildlife reserves of the Marin Headlands and the legendary town of Sausalito home to the 1960s flower generation. With Angel Island State Park to your left
From $30.00

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Jul 21, 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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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Nov 07, 2011

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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Jan 10, 2011
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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

The Filbert Street Steps, or Filbert Steps, is the name for a very long section of steps and walkways where Filbert St scales the extremely step east side of Telegraph Hill , which is too step for...
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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


  • Sunday 10:00 to 21:00
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