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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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$70*
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92%
Ranked #41 of 385 Attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Educational Sites, National Parks, Specialty Museums, Outdoors
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner 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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canada
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112 reviews 112 reviews
36 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

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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Cedar City, Utah
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46 attraction reviews
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We are big fans of national parks, so when recently visiting SF, we tried to hit as many as we could. Our national park pass gave us free access. We were able to get our teens' passports stamps in the visitor's center across the street (stop there first for some exhibits and maps). The ships were interesting and included a... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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374 reviews 374 reviews
190 attraction reviews
234 helpful votes 234 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

This place was literally across the road from our hotel. We didn't have time to board all of the ships that were on show, but there is lots of information on them up and down the dock. It's only $5 for a ticket to visit all of the ships, which is great value. I hope we have more time on... More

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Idaho
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70 reviews 70 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Located at the end of Hyde (at the Hyde street pier), it's a nice break from the hurley burley and hucksters along Fisherman's Wharf. If arriving from the wharf walk towards the Golden Gate Bridge. If arriving via the cable car, continue along the same street as if the cable car tracks continued down Hyde street without turning off at... More

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Boulder, Colorado
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236 reviews 236 reviews
40 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

We had just come from the Ferry Building Marketplace and were on our way to North Beach(by foot) when we stumbled upon this area...walked........sat on a bench........people watched. We just let the day roll by....it was gorgeous. So close to Fishermans Wharf........and yet a world away from the hordes of visitors.

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Rhode Island
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106 reviews 106 reviews
12 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

It was just amazing to walk around the boats/ships. We spent time on two separate days wandering through this national park and around/on the ships. The rangers had the time to answer our questions and were knowledgeable enthusiasts. We have been a frequent visitor to San Francisco, and this rates very high on our list to do again.

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Chesterland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

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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61 reviews 61 reviews
24 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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