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“Learn About the Maritime History of San Francisco” 4 of 5 stars
Review of San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park Ships at Hyde Street Pier

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park Ships at Hyde Street Pier
499 Jefferson Street, San Francisco, CA 94109 (Fisherman’s Wharf)
+1 415-447-5000
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Owner description: Established in 1988, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park encompasses 34 acres, and has the most National Historic Landmarks of any unit in the National Park Service. In addition to the fleet of historic ships at Hyde Street Pier, the Park includes the Aquatic Park Historic District (Maritime Museum, beach, lawn area, and bleachers), a Visitor Center and the Research Center (in Fort Mason Center).
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“Learn About the Maritime History of San Francisco”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We took the Powell Hyde Cable Car up to the Hyde Street Pier. Here you can appreciate the maritime history of San Francisco by visiting the museum attached to the Argonaut Hotel and then go to the pier that is across the street. Both the museum and access to the pier are free.

There are many ships located at the pier such as the Balcutha. There is even a ship that is being restored. For a fee of $5, you can board some of the ships and during our visit, we had a guided tour of the Balcutha.

After visiting Hyde Street Pier, you can have lunch and an ice cream sundae at nearby Ghiradelli Square.

Visited June 2014
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Irving, Texas, United States
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“Take the Free Ranger-Guided Tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We stumbled upon a free ranger tour on Sunday at 10:30am. I don't know the rest of the schedule - but you can ask at the visitor center in the lobby of the Argonaut Hotel. It was an hour long tour and very imformative about the history of the area. So many people come to the waterfront and don't get an appreciation for the history of how it was used and developed over the years. The guide, Robert, did a great job. Well worth an hour!

Visited June 2014
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“A glimpse of maritime history.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Just a short walk from the Argonaut hotel we discovered the historic ships on the pier and, as we had only a short time in San Francisco, we just walked down to look at them. We were astonished to discover that one at least of the paddle ships was originally from Britain! Some of the pier was closed but it was still an interesting walk.

Visited March 2014
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“Balcutha was the Standout Ship”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

As others have said the two standout ships along the pier are the Balcutha and the Eureka. We were only able to visit the Balcutha, but enjoyed walking around the different levels of the ship. My favorite area of the ship was one level below deck where there was information describing the three different "seasons"/cargo for the ship from wheat to lumber to salmon. There were also narrated videos describing information as well.

Visited May 2014
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“Interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Great way to spend an hour or two,interesting history that is well explained,pay a small fee to go aboard all of them,small workshop that shows how renovations are done.all the staff are friendly and informative,worth a visit

Visited April 2014
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