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.
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