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Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco

Updated on May 30, 2019
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Pier 39 Fisherman's Wharf


San Francisco Bay

Here is the map where you can have a rough idea how you can enjoy a day outing by just walking and eating those delicious seafood with nice view at the scene. Do you know that you can take a ferry to view the infamous Alcatraz? You may have a chance also to take a glimpse at the Golden Gate Bridge. There is a Forbes Island Restaurant and a Chart House at the K section. As you move along to the J section, you will view the Street Performers Carousel Stage as well as looking at the World Famous Sea Lions K-Dock. At the West Marina, you will find Beer 39, Swiss Louis Italian & Seafood Restaurant and the Pier Market Seafood Restaurant. This place is quite big and you can get aboard the Tour Buses where you can hop-on as well as hop-off at individual destination.

Pier 27 Port

Car Park Area

Pier 27 & Pier 23

Whole day parking

Parking can be quite costly and luckily we found a place where we could park our car for the whole day at a fixed price - USD$15. From Pier 27, we started our day journey and it was really thrilling and exciting. If you ever visit San Francisco, you must drop by Pier 39 and enjoy a day outing with your family. You will never regret it!

From here, it is very convenient to visit the Fisherman's Wharf, Alcatraz Ferry and the Exploratorium. This is the James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at the Port of San Francisco.

Pier 27 Port


The Bay Trail

The San Francisco Bay Trail, a 400 mile network, provides public access to the Bay shoreline not possible since before the Gold Rush. In joining more than 130 local open space and recreational areas, the San Francisco Bay Trail will cross seven of the Bay Area's Bridges.

Cute Fire Hydrant

Hop-on Bus

Pier 23 Cafe

Expensive Parking Meter Area

Road side parking

As I had mentioned earlier, the parking at the Pier was costly unless you parked at Pier 27 where it comes with a standard flat fee of USD$15.


Between Pier 15 & 17

Entry to Exploratorium

Adventure at the Exploratorium

This is a place where you can enjoy your time with family members as you can discover interesting things that you may never imagine or see before. It is great to have this adventure with your family and not to worry much as there are food available nearby.


Houses at high top

More houses on hill top

Visit Alcatraz

Not to miss your Alcatraz visit

If you have come all the way to San Francisco at Pier 39, then you definitely should go and take a visit to the Alcatraz's Island. Heard that there are mystery of haunting in the island so are you strong enough to take the challenge? For us, nothing could be felt except it did gave us the chilling feeling.

Alcatraz entry

Aquarium of the Bay

Sharks of Alcatraz

Street Performer

The Hook - Fish and chips

Food at Pier Market

We had stopped over at the Pier Market to order the famous Fish & Chips plus other seafood stuff. Overall, the food was not that bad even though it was not fantastic as we had tasted better Fish & Chips.

Pier Market

Lunch at Pier Market

Sea Lions

More view of Sea Lions

Pose with Sea Lions in background

Forbes Island

Golden Gate Bridge

The $25 Reward That Cost $2,416,825

If you have visited Pier 39, you might be able to spot this signboard that written about the place.

Here is what that had been written on the signboard:


When Pier 39 opened exactly on October 4, 1978 just as developer Warren Simmons had planned months before construction had even begun, it was the result of determinationm pride and tremendous effort by almost everyone concerned.

For those few who weren't adequately motivated by determination and pride, Simmons pulled out the ace in his sleeve - money.

The Jackpot

For the restaurant tenants, who carried a lot of the construction burden, the monetary incentive was quite a motivator. The tenants were given a basic structural shell, courtesy of the developer and a $25 per square foot bonus to each tenant who opened on time on October 4, 1978 at 11.30am.

For a 7,500 square foot restaurant that works out to be $175,000 worth of motivation. In total, since all tenants were rewarded their full bonuses, the $25 reward cost the developer $2,415,825. Give or take a few dollars!

Feinstein Grateful??

But still, the reward was worth every penny it cost us. Because it sure helped us open the Pier on time. And because without it, we'd never have gotten to see Dianne Feinstein in her "bikini." (See Pier #20)


Did you see the signboard?

Street Performer

Place of entertainment

View of Alcatraz

Forbes Island in background

End of Wharf


Man painted in gold

Crab at Pier 39

Bakery Shop

Model of Alcatraz

Must visit Pier 39

If you love travelling then this will be a place you must drop by and spend the entire day of fun and entertainment. There are too many photographs taken to be shown here and if you like to see what is available at Pier 39 then you should spend at least a day and enjoy a nice meal of seafood.

For those who had been to Pier 39 in San Francisco, hope you can share some of your comments with me and others here. Thank you and have a great life!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Edward Han


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