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Fisherman's Wharf

Jefferson Street, Between Hyde and Powell Streets, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Fisherman's Wharf)
+1 415-673-3530
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As featured in 3 days in San Francisco
Ranked #65 of 375 attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Neighborhoods
Activities: Dining, Shopping, City walk sightseeing, Drinking
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Traveler Description: Yes, it is over-the-top touristy, although it has one or two high points.  Yet, for some reason, Fisherman's Wharf is San Francisco's most popular... more »
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Very welcoming, friendly servers. The seafood was prepared well and perfect size portions. The seafood couldn't have been any fresher. Just a wonderful experience again.

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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67 reviews 67 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

This is a classic location for visitors to San Francisco. Take the cable car and get off at the end and just walk. There are musicians, street entertainers, dozens of long established restaurants and (hopefully) sunny views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and East Bay. It is fascinating to see so many visitors all enjoying themselves. The walking is... More

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Parry Sound, Canada
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118 reviews 118 reviews
24 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

From other parts of the city, ride the cable cars to the Wharf. The Cable Cars stop at two spots, one fairly central with a short walk to the action or near the Giardelli Centre at one end. Buy some chocolate and ice cream at Giardelli, it is totally worth the calories! The centre of the activity is noisy, busy... More

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Medina, Ohio
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Fisherman's Wharf is a place everyone should go to at least once. Upon entering it, I was immediately reminded of other tourist-built places like Niagara Falls, however, I do think Fisherman's Wharf still contains enough San Fran culture to make it slightly more unique. The places to eat alone, speak to the city in which it resides and there's really... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
19 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Gives you a really sense of the area and the city, really nice markets around the place and you don't have to spend a fortune around the place

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Stockton, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

I know everyone wants to experience this place but it is nothing but expensive trinkets and restaurants. Just getting to it parking is about $20 and then you have to walk past a horde of bums begging, stealing and urinating in the park. Skip this and just say you have been there if anyone asks.

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Tucson, AZ
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156 reviews 156 reviews
40 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

This is a commercial tourist area but there is always something going on plus shops and restaurants. There are many seafood restaurants and places where you can walk up and get fresh crab, fish or clam chowder. You can find meals at a price for just about any budget. Pier 39 has a carousel, restaurants and shops along with street... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I have been coming here for more than 40 years, and it is constantly changing. Unfortunately, the main change is in the price of parking, but it's probably worth it, if you haven't visited before. The water front area is very attractive, and the colorful flowers and plants add to the very pleasant experience. Pier 39 has some great shops,... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The wharf area is a pleasant experience for tourists but as a consequence seems a little plastic with all of the overpriced food and gift shops and not much evidence of it ever having been an operational wharf. Great views out over the water towards the bay bridge and some days has a proper market going down.

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KIng's Lynn
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38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

August, cold and the sweat shirt sales were going well. The wharf is very commercial with live music and bars, I would say in parts it's tacky, but then you can find a Salvador Dali exhibition and great shops at Ghirardelli square where it contrasts with the wharf. One piece of advice, bring warm layers to wear in August. Plenty... More

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