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San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

Open today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
USS Pampanito General Admission
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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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499 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94109-1314
Fisherman’s Wharf
+1 415-447-5000
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Reviewed yesterday

Our group stumbled upon this park while visiting San Francisco. We found the old ferry and it's history to be the most intriguing but thoroughly enjoyed touring the other ships in port. Definitely worth a look especially if you have a national park pass for...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Nice park behind Ghirardelli Square with views of the Golden Gate Bridge and maritime ships. Beach access and a quick walk to Fisherman’s Wharf.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank carawasthere
Reviewed 5 days ago

Visiting by day is fascinating. These ships shaped the history of SF, especially after the 1906 fire. Come sing sea chanties some Sat nites. Even better ... they offer immersive stay aboard history experiences for school groups and I was privileged to accompany a middle...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank bensI465IT
Reviewed December 9, 2018

San Francisco is the most beautiful city in America. This National Park is unique and wonderful. The long stroll on the spit allows one to look back to Ghiradelli Square with the Transamerica Building in the frame. Mix it up with locals and tourists. Easy...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank bill s
Reviewed November 20, 2018

This National Historical Park of San Francisco's maritime history is actually composed of many parts: the Visitor Center in the old Argonaut Hotel (at Hyde and Jefferson), the Hyde Street Pier (a collection of historic ships and display across the street from the Visitor Center),...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 29, 2018

Normally I like the offerings at the Maritime National Historic Park but this time we were disappointed. We were there in the off season and only the Eureka was available for touring. The seasonal staff are gone and the other ship displays were closed off....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Richard R
Reviewed October 18, 2018

The museum is in two parts, the ships across the roadway alongside the pier and the inside area that forms a part of the Argonaut hotel building. I only had time to visit the latter but did have a couple of minutes to see the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank GTSSurrey
Reviewed October 15, 2018

If you are interested in history especially maritime, this is the place for you. Many examples of ships, demonstrations and good signage make this a pleasant stop. This would also be a good place for children who like boats. You are able to board some...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank janice b
Reviewed October 10, 2018

The park ranger was so knowledgeable - without him the displays were less inviting. The museum is a quick tour and so close to a nice beach - no cost. we enjoyed it

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 390maryjos
Reviewed October 7, 2018

The gracefulness of this tall ship reminded me of the exploits of my grandfather who was a Merchant Seamen, he sailed on these type of ships in the early part of his life, the Maritime museum reminded me of the first time I ever stepped...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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September 14, 2017|
Response from Buzzard92 | Reviewed this property |
There is Free parking in the wharf area. It goes really quickly though. I was able to park at Boudin Bakery and Cafe. We ate lunch and walked the rest of the Wharf to the museum and looked at the boats. If it is full, you... More
September 14, 2017|
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Response from David C | Reviewed this property |
First, you can park along the street but the problem is it is 2 hours at a time so you have to feed the meter at 2 hours. It might be better to park in a lot. This place is cheap and not along walk to pier. Imperial... More
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Schedule for Free Days in National Parks Announced (0 Replies)
The National Park Service will waive admission fees on 17 dates in 2011. The fee-free dates are this Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend - this weekend - Saturday through Monday; National Park Week, April 16-24; the first day of summer, June 21; National Public Lands Day, Sept. 24; and the long weekend of Veterans Day, Nov. 11-13. The California parks offering free-fee days are: Cabrillo National Monument Death Valley National Park John Muir National Historic Site Joshua Tree...More
January 13, 2011|
Aurora, Illinois
Options on a Tuesday... (7 Replies)
I'm arriving into SFO on Monday, October 24 at 11:20am and departing from SFO on Tuesday, October 25 at 6:20pm. My Monday is pretty well sorted: Visit CHINATOWN and NORTH BEACH on foot; take the ALCATRAZ NIGHT TOUR (already booked); dinner at SOTTO MARE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT; stay at the SAN FRANCISCO DOWNTOWN HOSTEL. For Tuesday I plan to start early: Breakfast at PINECREST DINER; take the CABLE CAR and walk to GRACE CATHEDRAL (arriving around 7:30am which is about sunrise); take the...More
August 12, 2011|
Response fromKthSch|
Oh, and I'm going to buy a MUNI 1 Day Passport for this Tuesday. I won't need one on the Monday. Keith
Aurora, Illinois
Any thoughts on this plan for a quick trip to San Francisco? (14 Replies)
So. Southwest had a sale a couple weeks ago. I had some credits that needed to be used. And all of a sudden I found myself buying a ticket to SF for just an overnight! I'll be arriving SFO on Monday, October 24 at 11:20am and departing on Tuesday, October 25 at 6:20pm. So here's the jam-packed plan I've put together. Note that I'm quite aware that it might not work out this way, I might spend longer in one place, less in another and might not get to everything. But it's a preliminary stab...More
July 14, 2011|
Response fromDarkbeer|
First off, note, the MUNI Passport is NOT valid on the BART system, you will have to pay for your BART fares separately.