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Fisherman's Wharf Tours

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Fisherman's Wharf
Once the stomping ground of Italian fishermen, Fisherman’s Wharf is now one of San Francisco’s most popular tourist destinations. The bustling waterfront strip is filled with souvenir shops, seafood restaurants, and a wealth of family-friendly attractions—most notably a colony of sea lions that sunbathes and poses for photos on Pier 39.

The Basics
Carnivalesque Fisherman’s Wharf teems with sights, sounds, tastes, and activities to entertain the whole family. Here you can enjoy panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz Island; walk through underwater tunnels at the Aquarium of the Bay; and board historic ships and a World War II submarine at the Hyde Street Pier. The wax collection at Madame Tussauds and the theatrical San Francisco Dungeon are also popular, while the antique penny arcade Musée Mécanique is a must-see for gamers.
 
As one of the most popular attractions in San Francisco, Fisherman’s Wharf is featured on most full-day and half-day city tours. Explore the wharf and surrounding neighborhoods on a Segway, bike, or coach tour; enjoy craft brews on a walking tour of North Beach and Fisherman’s Wharf bars; or visit on a full-day excursion to such famous Bay Area sights as Alcatraz, Chinatown, Haight-Ashbury, and Muir Woods.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Fisherman’s Wharf is a must-see for first-time visitors to San Francisco. 
  • Choose a half-day city tour or a full-day excursion that includes top Bay Area sights to get an introduction to the area.
  • Public parking is available nearby and public transit is easily accessible. 
  • The wharf is wheelchair accessible, although the sidewalks are often crowded. 

How to Get There
Fisherman’s Wharf lies on the city’s northern shore, next to Ghirardelli Square, Fort Mason, and the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. The area is easy to access via public transportation. Both the Powell–Hyde and Powell–Mason cable car lines end near the wharf (opt for the more scenic Powell–Hyde line). Alternatively, take MUNI’s historic F-line streetcar to Taylor Street or the 30-Stockton bus to North Point and Hyde streets. 

When to Get There
The wharf is a year-round destination. Summer is the most popular time to visit, when street performers are out in force and attractions are at capacity. To avoid crowds, visit on a weekday and arrive early, but remember that most shops and attractions don’t open until about 10am. Sunny days are best for a visit, but the wharf has enough indoor attractions for dreary days.

Exploring Nearby Attractions
Fisherman’s Wharf is an ideal jumping-off point for visiting other San Francisco attractions. To pick up the city’s most famous treat, head west to Ghirardelli Square, a former chocolate factory that now houses boutiques, sweet shops, and wine tasting rooms. Continue west on Bay Street to visit Marina boutiques and enjoy the natural wonders of the Presidio, or head south down the Embarcadero for the Ferry Building gourmet marketplace and the hands-on Exploratorium science museum.
Address: Taylor Street at The Embarcadero, San Francisco 94133, USA
Hours: Daily
Admission: Free
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San Francisco Instagram Private Tour: Most Famous Spots with All-Inclusive

San Francisco Instagram Private Tour: Most Famous Spots with All-Inclusive

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If you are looking for some culture, delicious food and a ton of great photos, then this is the tour for you! The morning will start with a private pickup from your hotel by one of our friendly, local guides. From there your tour will begin as you start your drive in one of our comfortable and spacious vehicles. This full-day tour will be fully packed with famous landmarks, vintage architecture, secretly located spots and much much more! ==== Full schedule 10:00 AM – Pick up from Hotel 10:30 AM – Check out the legendary Painted Ladies 11:00 AM – Explore Union Square 11:45 AM – Catch of view of Alcatraz from Pier 39 12:00 PM – Walk around Fisherman’s Wharf 12:30 PM – Lunch time 1:00 PM – Explore Ghirardelli Square 2:00 PM – Awe at the view from the Golden Gate Bridge 2:40 PM – Stop by Golden Gate Park 3:10 PM – Get a picture at one of SF’s Hidden Gems (16th Avenue Tiled Steps) 3:30 PM – Overlook the whole city at Twin Peaks Viewpoint 3:45 PM – Return to hotel 4:00 PM – Arrive at hotel
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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$369.00
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San Francisco Instagram Walking Private Tour: Most Iconic Spots

San Francisco Instagram Walking Private Tour: Most Iconic Spots

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Our San Francisco Walking Instagram Tour will take you to some of the most famous spots in San Francisco in one day by foot! If you are looking for some culture, delicious food and a ton of photos, then this is the tour for you! The morning will start with meeting your friendly guide at the Embarcadero BART Station. From there your tour will begin as you start your walk through San Francisco’s beautiful streets. This half-day tour will be packed with famous landmarks, architecture, secretly located spots and much more! ==== Full schedule 10:00 AM - Meet your guide at the Embarcadaro BART Station 10:20 AM - Get a view of Alcatraz Island from Pier 39 10:50 AM - Explore Fishermans Wharf 11:35 AM - Catch a view of the Golden Gate Bridge 12:20 PM - Explore a secret street in Mission District (Balmy Alley and Clarion Alley) 1:20 PM - Walk around Dolores Park 2:00 PM - Say bye to your guide & get dropped off at the 16th St Mission BART Station
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$189.00
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Holiday Lights Tour of San Francisco

Holiday Lights Tour of San Francisco

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Experience the beauty of San Francisco at Christmastime with this holiday lights tour. Set out on a small-group, 2-hour guided tour from Fisherman's Wharf, taking in the city's waterfront as well as well-known sights such as Lombard Street, Chinatown, the Palace of Fine Arts, and Union Square. In true San Francisco fashion you'll travel in '70s-style VW vans decked out with shag rugs and bed curtains and all donning Santa hats―perfect for snapping that pic for next year's Christmas card in front of the Golden Gate Bridge.
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  • 2 hours
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Golden Gate Bridge Bike Ride and Wine Country Tour from San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge Bike Ride and Wine Country Tour from San Francisco

This combination self-guided bike ride and wine tour lets you enjoy a leisurely morning biking across the Golden Gate Bridge and coasting down to charming Sausalito for brunch. Your half-day wine tour vehicle picks up there and heads to California’s wine country for touring and tasting at two wineries.
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  • 10 hours
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Alcatraz Tickets with 1 day Hop On Hop Off and San Francisco Night Tour.

Alcatraz Tickets with 1 day Hop On Hop Off and San Francisco Night Tour.

Enjoy the best of San Francisco at your own pace with the flexible hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tours, which also includes a Night Tour, Chinatown walking tour and a free hour's bike rental from Blazing Saddles. Also, access the famous Alcatraz prison and know everything about its historical importance before and after becoming one of the most legendary prisons in the world. Tickets to Alcatraz are included in order to bring the best experiences in a single tour package. There are no surcharges on the official ticket price for Alcatraz Island, which is $ 39.90 per adult. Tickets are issued in the name of the client.
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  • 8 hours to 1 day 3 hours
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Small Group San Francisco Sunset Experience

Small Group San Francisco Sunset Experience

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Start your tour from the bustle of Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 and continue along the Embarcadero waterfront as you pass by the iconic Ferry Building. Then, travel across the Bay Bridge to Treasure Island for a 45-minute stop to enjoy views of the San Francisco skyline. As the sun goes down, relax with a drink at Mersea restaurant, a highly popular restaurant among visitors and locals. You will have the opportunity to order food in advance, if you wish. After enjoying the San Francisco sunset at Mersea, your tour proceeds with an intimate night tour, which takes you to see the best spots in San Francisco. Cross the Bay Bridge to catch an unforgettable view of the city lights, then drive through the Financial District up to Nob Hill, where you will stop at the ornate Gothic style Grace Cathedral. Cruise through the back alleys of Chinatown, and savor the aromas of Italian dinners in North Beach as you drive along Colombus Avenue. Your tour ends back at Fisherman’s Wharf.
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  • 3 hours to 3 hours 30 minutes
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Muir Woods and Sausalito Half Day Tour (Optional Sausalito Ferry Ticket)

Muir Woods and Sausalito Half Day Tour (Optional Sausalito Ferry Ticket)

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Wander through an ancient coastal redwood forest and explore the artistic bayside enclave of Sausalito on this half-day tour from San Francisco. Travel across the Golden Gate Bridge to visit Muir Woods, home to some of the oldest and tallest trees on Earth. Then, soak up stellar views of the San Francisco skyline and browse art galleries along the Sausalito waterfront. At the end of your tour choose between getting dropped off at Union Square in San Francisco or taking the Sausalito ferry back to San Francisco.
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  • 5 hours
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San Francisco: Discover The Must See In A Day

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San Francisco: Discover The Must See In A Day

It would be impossible to discover everything that San Francisco has to offer in just one day, but with a local by your side you can certainly try! Discover the city’s highlights and the most famous sights, seeing its iconic landmarks and ticking the top spots off your SF bucket list. Even with only one day to explore, you can visit a few of the top attractions as well as a few secret local spots along the way! So get the best of both worlds as you see SF’s most famous sights like Pier 39, Golden Gate Park and Chinatown as well as hidden gems that are just around the corner that only the locals know about!
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  • 7 hours
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San Francisco: Personalised Half Day With A Local

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San Francisco: Personalised Half Day With A Local

Explore San Francisco like a local and let a like-minded resident craft this half-day excursion. Share your interests—anything from tasting delicious food in gourmet restaurants and meandering through world-class museums to finding the best spot for a pic of Golden Gate Bridge—and see Northern California’s City by the Bay on a personalized tour designed just for you.
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  • 4 hours
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Kickstart Your Trip In San Francisco

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Kickstart Your Trip In San Francisco

Explore San Francisco like a local and let a like-minded resident craft your visit. Experience the Bay Area’s natural beauty and check out its amazing trails and parks, lookout points and picturesque hills, bustling neighborhoods and delicious restaurants. Discover the best spot to watch the sun set over the city and avoid the tourist traps on a personalized tour designed just for you.
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  • 3 hours
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GoCar San Francisco Tour

GoCar San Francisco Tour

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Ride a GoCar all over San Francisco as it navigates for you and provides a guided tour. Take as long as you like to explore the city with a storytelling car as your guide — what Time Magazine has called "one of the coolest inventions of the year." Let this tiny car show you what the city is all about, learn about its history and visit sites like the Presidio, Coit Tower, Chinatown and Lombard Street. Pick up your car at one of two convenient locations: Union Square or Beach Street near Fisherman's Wharf.
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  • 5 hours
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1HR San Francisco Chinatown and Downtown GoCar Tour

1HR San Francisco Chinatown and Downtown GoCar Tour

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It's the most exhilarating, entertaining and enlightening way to see San Francisco - the first-ever GPS-guided storytelling car! The clever talking car navigates for you and points out the sights that bring San Francisco to life. Experience what the press is buzzing about, what visitors rave about and what Time Magazine has nominated "as one of the coolest inventions of the year".
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  • 1 hour
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The Ultimate Day Trip: Alcatraz & Sonoma Valley Wine Tour

The Ultimate Day Trip: Alcatraz & Sonoma Valley Wine Tour

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Combine two Bay Area attractions on a full-day tour of the Sonoma wine country and Alcatraz Island. Travel by comfortable coach across the Golden Gate Bridge, stopping at a vista point before wine tastings at two vineyards, including Cline Cellars. Returning to San Francisco, ride a ferry past the city skyline to Alcatraz for an award-winning audio tour of the infamous former prison. The Sonoma portion of the tour is limited to 13 people, ensuring a small-group experience with your informative guide.
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  • 10 hours
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2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour & Alcatraz

2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour & Alcatraz

Alcatraz Island Visit 3 great bus tours on one value ticket! Official City Tour + Sausalito Tour + Night Tour. FREE Madame Tussauds entrance ticket included. FREE Walking Tour included. Unlimited Hop-on Hop-off usage for 48 hours. 24 Stops along the way. See all major sites of San Francisco. Explore the city at your own leisure. Major Highlights: Downtown San Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf, the world famous Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, Treasure Island, and much more.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Alcatraz Island at Night with Fisherman's Wharf and Sourdough Bread Tour

Alcatraz Island at Night with Fisherman's Wharf and Sourdough Bread Tour

Experience (with exclusive access) the sealed prison of Alcatraz after nightfall - when all the other tourists have gone home, and you have the island with only a limited number of chosen few. This experience is paired with an in-depth exploration of nearby Fisherman’s Wharf with a visit to Boudin Bakery - where San Francisco sourdough bread was invented and perfected. Grab the most popular ticket in San Francisco - Alcatraz Island at Night! Visit the island with a limited few others - with time to explore exclusive access into spaces otherwise closed off or locked. Hear the excellent Cellhouse audio tour narrated by former inmates and guards. Take a walking tour through famed Fisherman’s Wharf prior to departing for Alcatraz. Taste San Francisco classics - chocolate from Ghirardelli Square and sourdough from Boudin Bakery. Spend a perfect afternoon/evening with exclusive access to Alcatraz and a locally-voted incredible experience!
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  • 4 hours
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$119.00
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