Pier 39

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Pier 39 featuring a city, signage and street scenes

This waterfront attraction offers thrilling rides, innovative street performers and colorful souvenir shops, but it’s the sea lions that win the day.

Belching, barking and back scratching are hardly the stuff that tourist dreams are made of, unless you’re talking about the colonies of sea lions that bask in the sun and play on their floating docks at Pier 39.

The sea lions have called the pier home since 1989, shortly after the San Francisco Loma Prieta earthquake. Marine biologists believe the animals reside here because there is plenty of food in the bay and their natural predators (white sharks and orcas) don’t hunt here. Their numbers fluctuate during the year, and they’re typically absent in the summer months when they venture south to breed and give birth. But you may be lucky enough to see hundreds of these playful critters; in November 2009 a record 1,701 were counted!

There’s a wide variety of sea life on display at the nearby Aquarium of the Bay. Walk through two clear tunnels and see marine species native to San Francisco, including rays, sharks and octopi, swimming right above you.

Pier 39 is a two-level complex of shopping, sideshows, entertainment, dining, rides and attractions that can keep you busy for an afternoon or an entire day. If you need some down-time, step aboard the "Neptune" for a 90-minute wine tasting cruise on the bay. Or, just settle back on a bench and check out the terrific views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge, Alcatraz, Angel Island and the city skyline.

Pier 39 is immediately adjacent to Fisherman's Wharf at the northern end of the Embarcadero. It is accessible on foot and is also serviced by cable cars which run up and down the Embarcadero and also to downtown.

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Hilton San Francisco Financial District
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
4 out of 5
The price is HK$856 per night from 24 Oct to 24 Oct
Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ferry Building, Lombard Street and Pier 39. Oracle Park and Palace of Fine Arts are also ...
3.8/5 Good! (3,173 reviews)
"This hotel was in a great location. It was clean and nice. Some areas of the room showed a little wear and tear, but nothing major. The location is perfect for so many different areas within walking distance. We would stay here again."

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2021

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Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
The price is HK$953 per night from 16 Nov to 16 Nov
Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39 and Ghirardelli Square. Lombard Street and Alcatraz Island are ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (3,178 reviews)
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Reviewed on 16 Oct 2021

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Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
4 out of 5
The price is HK$1,078 per night from 18 Oct to 18 Oct
This family-friendly San Francisco hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco Maritime Museum ...
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"From start to finish, the staff were extremely courteous and helpful."

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2021

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Hilton San Francisco Financial District
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
4 out of 5
The price is HK$856 per night from 24 Oct to 24 Oct
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
The price is HK$953 per night from 16 Nov to 16 Nov
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
4 out of 5
The price is HK$1,078 per night from 18 Oct to 18 Oct
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San Francisco Marriott Marquis
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
4 out of 5
The price is HK$1,281 per night from 5 Nov to 5 Nov
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
4.5 out of 5
335 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is HK$1,323 per night from 4 Nov to 4 Nov
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
Hyatt Regency San Francisco
Hyatt Regency San Francisco
4 out of 5
The price is HK$1,470 per night from 24 Oct to 24 Oct
Hyatt Regency San Francisco
Grand Hyatt San Francisco Union Square
Grand Hyatt San Francisco Union Square
4 out of 5
The price is HK$1,225 per night from 5 Nov to 5 Nov
Grand Hyatt San Francisco Union Square
Club Quarters Hotel in San Francisco
Club Quarters Hotel in San Francisco
4 out of 5
The price is HK$1,043 per night from 18 Oct to 18 Oct
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Hotel Zephyr San Francisco
Hotel Zephyr San Francisco
4 out of 5
250 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is HK$1,303 per night from 9 Nov to 9 Nov
Hotel Zephyr San Francisco
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