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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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Great attraction for any age!

We could easily have spent several hours exploring all of the ships at the park - there are several ships to visit with well-curated exhibits on each. It's all within a relatively... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
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Fredericton, Canada
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Fredericton, Canada
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We could easily have spent several hours exploring all of the ships at the park - there are several ships to visit with well-curated exhibits on each. It's all within a relatively short Pier, so it isn't far to walk and there are hands on items to explore and informative signage along the whole walk. Our favorite was the tall... More 

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Newburgh, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

i didnt pay to check out the boats but they are really awesome to look at from the docks.....it was a really nice day and i was happy to be out on the water. GREAT views of alcatraz and the bay

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Vancouver, Canada
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110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

San Francisco advertises that it is the most PET FRIENDLY CITY and yet this attraction bans Dogs. We were on vacation with our well behaved LabX and were unable to even walk on the pier. Needless to say we gave the attractions a pass not by choice. If the city brags about being pet friendly we shouldn't expect to see... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

You can walk about the ship check out the captains quarters the cargo hold where the crew stayed worthwhile kids would like this.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

As many times as I've been here, I never tire of wandering around the pier. Even if you don't go on any of the ships, you can still walk around and enjoy being by the water. Use your imagination and think of what it must have been like 150 years ago.

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Perry, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

My husband and I did not have this as part of our 'must see' plan, but I am so glad we took the time to enjoy it. There is a lot of interesting history that is presented very well. I have a new respect for the crews of the those sailing vessels and all the hardships that they endured. I... More 

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North Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

The vessels are in great condition for walking and learning about the past. The guides are wonderful, funny, and very knowledge.

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Boston
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The maritime museum - in a classic WPA Art Deco building was tired and mostly closed (rate it poor). The dock with the ships was lively with a wonderful variety of vessels to board and on-dock exhibits and demonstrations. The family loved the latter. We only allowed an hour - should have made it 3 to fully explore all the... More 

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Larkspur, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

NPS has done a fabulous job in saving a slice of SF's maritime history - exhibits are well presented - great locale, great time spent there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Nothing astonishing for me, but if you're interested in well preserved ships, maritime history and interactive exhibits, then this is the park for you.

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