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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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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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Five bucks for a bit of history

Nice assortment of ships from different eras. All well maintained.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2012
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

Nice assortment of ships from different eras. All well maintained.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

Basic but well put-together museum, glad we stumbled upon it.

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Emeryville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

I love the smell of the sea and the ancient art of sailing. So, this spot and the lovely vessels docked here are art with a purpose. Climb around and look at the models and interesting furnishings inside. It's like stepping back in time which I love to do. It works the imagination.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012 via mobile

Basically a limited selection of vessels from a tugboat to a large schooner. Walking on pier to see the boats is free and if you are a true meritime enthusiast you can purchase tickets to board ships. We strolled along the pier to view boats while enjoying treats purchased at Ghiradeli Square, allow about 20 minutes for this activity.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

My family of five really enjoyed the hour and a half we spent wandering around these ships. It was a unique experience for a bunch of midwestern landlubbers like us, and much more enjoyable than walking around the rest of Fisherman's Wharf. And only $5 a head!

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Vancouver
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

WE actually went inside this building to find washroom, which are in excellent condition by the way, and then stayed and walked thru the museum. It's a great little museum about the waterfront of San FRancisco and the development thru time. It is an amazing museum considering there is no charge for it. It is right across the street from... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2012

Nice view over San Francisco's skyline and a great view on the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the Bay Area. The next pier at the end of Van Ness is even better

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Bedlington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012 via mobile

Well laid out and the interiors with the cars and vans great. The exhibition of cargo on the sailing ship is great.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2012

Lots to see and do here. An old time arcade, a submarine, a battleship, as well as great views of the bridge and alcatraz. So much to see, most of which you can do without any cost. There are also reinactments going on (at least there were the day we were there) with people in costumes of days past. You... More 

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San Lorenzo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

The history in San Francisco is beyond text books.

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Fisherman’s Wharf
Packed with family-friendly entertainment, quality hotels, and good food, there's something for everyone at Fisherman's Wharf. From street performers and historic cable cars to art galleries and museums, a postcard-worthy photo is available on every corner. Bring your appetite: seafood lovers will be rewarded with Dungeness crab and sourdough bread bowls, while Ghirardelli Square will satiate anyone's sweet tooth after a day at Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Don't forget to say hello to the adorable sea lions that make this neighborhood a true San Francisco treat.
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