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San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

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Address: 499 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone Number: 415-447-5000
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Visitors can take a workshop on boatbuilding, board a vessel docked at the...
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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A great visit. Vintage ships lined up on a pier. The star is the Balclutha a 19 century three masted sailing ship with a steel clad hull. You can actually get inside the various... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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Millville, DE
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141 reviews 141 reviews
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

A great visit. Vintage ships lined up on a pier. The star is the Balclutha a 19 century three masted sailing ship with a steel clad hull. You can actually get inside the various parts of the ship including galley, crew and captain's quarters. Other exhibits are interesting but nothing can top the Balclutha.

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Toronto, Canada
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We toured the many ships in this museum and were impressed with the history and high quality displays. It was free on president's day, but the value would still be worth the price of admission.

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Martinez, California
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70 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

They have some cool boats here. The Delta Queen paddle wheeler that used to go up and down the delta to Sacramento. When I was a kid we had a field trip to the museum and spent the night on the CA Thayer lumber schooner. We were split into groups of 4 students and a chaperone. We got to do... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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44 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Found this very interesting. For $5 dollar for an adult and child free this was well worth the money. I loved the Balclutha with all the interesting items they shipped and the layout of the galley. Very informative. Great you can take your time and wander at your leisure. I spent a good couple of hours here. Children will also... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

This is a great National Park historic district with museum and a variety of types of old ships at the end of the pier area near Ghirardelli Square- far more interesting (and educational) than the tourist-trap shops and restaurant around Fisherman's Wharf. The small (free) museum focuses on the role of the port in the history of the city -... More 

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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We walked through here one day just for fun with our kids, and then came back the next day and paid $5/adult to be able to go on the boats and take part in the ranger-led program on the big ship. It was worth it. Very interesting tour. Our kids also took part in the Junior Ranger Program and earned... More 

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Long Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

I grew up on an island and I have always been drawn to stories of the sea. To see these beautifully restored former working vessels and to learn how life at sea "back then" really was is fascinating. The tour is self guided and you are free to roam about the ships and explore nooks and crannies. Give yourself at... More 

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Navarre, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

The Maritime museum is a little publicized attraction on the Wharf but well worth a visit. Only $5 to enter. Drop into the Visitor Center across the street first and then proceed to Hyde Street Wharf where you can visit and explore a number of vessels including a tugboat, car ferry, schooner as well as several other smaller boats used... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Went here after Alcatraz. Very interesting. Kids had a great time with the interactive displays on the ships and in the Museum. Good break from the crowds too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

We had 3 days in SF, two were scheduled and because we were travelling with our kids we thought we would hang out for the last morning in this area. Basically turn left instead of right if you head down to Fisherman's Wharf and you can't miss it. Great boats, nice museum and some beautiful views of the bay, the... More 

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Packed with family-friendly entertainment, quality hotels, and good food, there's something for everyone at Fisherman's Wharf. From street performers and historic cable cars to art galleries and museums, a postcard-worthy photo is available on every corner. Bring your appetite: seafood lovers will be rewarded with Dungeness crab and sourdough bread bowls, while Ghirardelli Square will satiate anyone's sweet tooth after a day at Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Don't forget to say hello to the adorable sea lions that make this neighborhood a true San Francisco treat.
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