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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 #46 of 375 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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Middenbeemster, The Netherlands
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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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66 reviews 66 reviews
23 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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145 reviews 145 reviews
57 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
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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9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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North Carolina
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79 reviews 79 reviews
27 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We only toured one ship, the BALCLUTHA, which is a square rigged merchant ship. We got there and a tour was just starting. The ranger was very knowledgable and told us all the history of the ship and also extensively commented on other historical and societal events from the time period. We were able to explore the entire ship to... More

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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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43 reviews 43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

As is always our experience with Historical and National Parks in the US, the volunteers are wonderful, the displays informative, always something interesting for kids. A must do when traveling with children in San Francisco. The entrance ticket is valid for a week so when your little ones want to go back "watching ships" it's a very good deal!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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216 reviews 216 reviews
124 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Several ships of very different types are docked along the same wharf making it easy to move from one to the next, and even get peeks at the sea lions swimming nearby. Most important of the ships is the Balclutha which hauled cargoes across the Pacific and the Atlantic and has a fascinating history. There are park rangers eager to... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Nice place to visit for all ages. For a small fee you can board several types of boats. Or explore from on shore. History comes alive here. Easy access.

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