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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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Very cool and highly informative!

You really get a great sense of San Fran past here. Learned a lot about a past many people don't hear about. Great way to start the day, see some big ships and get in the mood for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
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Tucson, Arizona
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

You really get a great sense of San Fran past here. Learned a lot about a past many people don't hear about. Great way to start the day, see some big ships and get in the mood for the wharf! Great for little guys like my 5 year old.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

If you like climbing on at your own pace and exploring, this is your place! Stay as long as you like. There were some interactive opportunities on the Alaskan salmon boat that were very interesting - and the songs stuck in my head. The tickets are good for 7 days, so you could go back over and over and see... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 via mobile

If you are interest in ships or have children old enough to like experiencing Something new, the old ships at Hyde pier are for you. The little investment of 5$ for a whole week free entrance to the ships is definitely well invested. From the sailing transport ship Bathclutha over the old steamboat ferry to the tow boat Hercules all... More 

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Millville, DE
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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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35 helpful votes 35 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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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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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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71 reviews 71 reviews
36 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
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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