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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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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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Take the walking tour!!!

We stumbled upon this place as it was right next to the street car turnaround at the wharf. We spoke to a park worker who was refurbishing one of the ships and that was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Tom D
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Saint Louis, Missouri

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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98 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stumbled upon this place as it was right next to the street car turnaround at the wharf. We spoke to a park worker who was refurbishing one of the ships and that was fascinating. The highlight was the walking tour. The ranger who led this tour did a wonderful job of explaining the history of the area and we... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The park really shows the history of the shipping industry of San Francisco. With real ships you can explore it is a great place to check out!

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Croton, Ohio, United States
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We truly enjoyed the setting. Alcatraz off in the distance, the mighty Golden Gate Bridge spanning the bay and of course the really cool ships!

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Thank Roger B
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's 10 dollars for adults & there were only 3 boats to go on & you couldn't go on one of those even when we first walked in. But it is interesting if you like old ships or history.

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Newton Le Willows, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016 via mobile

We spent a few hours here exploring the ships. Fascinating and a worthy visit. Great views of Ghirardelli Square and Gokden Gate Bridge. It cost us $10 ppn to board the ships and the ticket was valid for 7days. Great value.

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Bakerton
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

Loved that the nps maintenance shop was open for visitors to look in and see how a steambox works to bend wood for boat repair and restoration. Nice work!! The ships are a lot to keep up with... rot doesn't rest, so we appreciate the hard and skilled labor that goes into these vessels.

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Elkin, NC
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447 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

The Wharf can be so chaotic and packed wall-to-wall with tourists that it was a very nice break to hit the museum with exhibits, looks at some of the spectacular trees, watch swimmers in late December, walk the shoreline, and explore the ships on the old pier that was used to ferry cars before the Golden Gate Bridge was built.... More 

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Thank John L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

We came across this place as we were walking along Fisherman's Wharf. We had a national park pass and we could get in using that so thought it would be worth a look. There a a few different boats that you can get onto and explore, with lots of informative displays. We really enjoyed an unexpected bit of history.

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Thank Hazel C
San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Walking distance to fisherman's warf and ghirardelli square as well as the old sailing ship in the harbor worth a tour to see how it was back in the day onboard an old sailing ship.

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Thank Skywalker102014
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This is a hidden gem. It is the National Park Visitors Center for the bay. Wonderful exhibits, beautiful building & friendly people. I didn't plan on visiting & just stumbled across it. Wonderful history of the Ocean & Bay front.

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