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San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

499 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94109 (Marina)
415-447-5000
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Ranked #40 of 377 Attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, National Parks, Educational Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Visitors can take a workshop on boatbuilding, board a vessel docked at the Hyde Street Pier or tour the fine collections of maritime lore.
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Chesterland, Ohio
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252 reviews 252 reviews
97 attraction reviews
201 helpful votes 201 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Just past the endless t-shirt shops and tourist restaurants, on the western end of Fisherman's Wharf, sits the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. The park is a refreshing and informative diversion and a unique experience. The park is really in two parts. Most of it is on the Hyde Pier, consisting of several ships (more about them later) and... More

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The museum and the boats/ships were very interesting. This national park is so interesting we spent hours in front of the exhibits and wandering around on the ships. The rangers had the time to answer our questions and were knowledgable enthusiasts. We spend some time over two days and the cost was minimal. A must to do when in San... More

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Spokane, Washington
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23 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

A true National Park Tradition, this is another Gem. Just to see the impressive Fresnel lighthouse lens is worth the visit. It has all the great(and not so great) history of the area. The exhibits are worth the price of admission including the ships and boatworks. Don't forget to get your NP Passport book stamped( for those who collect the... More

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Missed our connection to Hawaii, but I can't think of a nicer way and a better city to spend 24 unplanned hours. My husband had never visited SF before, and for me it'd been since childhood, so we took the light rail to the city and then the cable car (it was on his "do-list") down to Fisherman's Wharf. He... More

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Middenbeemster, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Really nice to visit while in San Francisco in general and cozy Fishermenns wharff in particular. Take about 2 hours to see it all, that should be enough. History lives again and you'll get to learn a lot of things about the past.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I popped in to this museum really just to pass away 10 minutes. 60 minutes later I left and didn't get chance to see everything. The whole experience with information on the history of San Francisco was so interesting.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Our child enjoyed exploring all the different areas of the boats, both the Balclutha and the tug boat (name I can't remember). The grown ups enjoyed reading all the interpretive displays - especially on the varied history of the Balclutha. One member of our party had a National Parks Annual Pass, which covered our passage onto the boats.

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London, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We stopped at the Argonaut which is part of the park, this was ideal as it allowed us to explore the park before it became too busy. If you’re interested in Maritime and shipping this is worth a trip. To get on the boats there is a fee, but to walk around them from the dock it is free

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California, USA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Secured tickets for the 4 hour tour of San Francisco Bay aboard the 19th century scow schooner "Alma" and was so pleased with the trip! Rangers and volunteers aboard the craft were friendly and quite knowledgeable. Scow schooners played an important part in the Bay's shipping industry in days gone by but remain "unsung heroes" in sea lore. Currently, the... More

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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

I will admit that I am very fond of ships. That said, this is a great outing. You can walk along the dock for free, and it is only $5 to tour 4 ships. The Balclutha is the large sailing ship and includes several videos of the history of the ship, or you can just walk around. Children enjoyed ringing... More

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