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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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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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"sail into history aboard the Alma"

Hop aboard an 1891 schooner for a great adventure! As passengers, we were invited to help raise the sails then sit back and relax. We enjoyed sailing near the Golden Gate... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Suzan P
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Hercules, California
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Hercules, California
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Hop aboard an 1891 schooner for a great adventure! As passengers, we were invited to help raise the sails then sit back and relax. We enjoyed sailing near the Golden Gate, Alcatraz, taking in great city views and even a few seals and porpoises. This summer, they even got lucky and saw humpbacks (but that is rare). We learned about... More 

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Pittsburg, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to avoid the crowds in SF. Lots of cool history here. You can walk around the pier for free but if you want to go aboard a ship you need to pay. Buy an annual National Park pass and you can go on all of them and visit any other national parks for an entire... More 

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Moab
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had access to three ships, with audible and visible explanation. All interiror was accessible and decorated as it was in former times. The most incredible experience was the Balcluthan . big thank you for the volunteers and the organization that keeps it in good shape.

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This Historical Park is located at the very west end of Fisherman’s Wharf at the Hyde Street Pier. There are five historic sea vessels moored here. The Alma, Balclutha, Eureka, Hercules, and the C. A. Thayer. They are designated as National Historic Landmarks and are open to the public to visit. There is also a maritime museum and a library... More 

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Redondo Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped here while on the warf and enjoyed this lovely spot and learned a lot in the process. Bruce C, our tour docent is a retired Naval officer and gave us a wonderful tour packed with interesting information. A slice of history about San Francisco that is essential.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You can see a few old sailing ships and the Eureka steamboat that holds quite a few old cars. There's a houseboat you can walk into and a steam whistle you can pull.

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Chattanooga TN
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a truly fascinating museum with some really cool exhibits. The staff, unfortunately, is not visitor friendly in the least. As I walked through the various exhibits, Park Guides either ignored me, or talked amongst themselves. Toward the end of my visit, one of the park guides told me "Just so you know, we close in about 30 minutes"... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Several historic wooden ships and related maritime memoribelia well worth the visit to anyone fond of maritime history. The pier is free to wander and look at the ships and displays, there is a modest fee to actually board the ships. Located at the foot of Hyde Street in historic Fisherman's Wharf. Lots of good restaurants and touristy shops right... More 

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This Maritime park was inexpensive and fun to visit. There was children's program going on when we visited and staff dressed in period nautical costumes were taking the kids through different roles as crew on the ship. That was fun to watch. My husband and I love old ships and we really enjoyed exploring the ships and reading about the... More 

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Taupo
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

Went along because the husband loves boats. Interesting old ships, tugs, ferries etc. Not my interest, but a nice part of San Francisco and pleasant on a sunny day.

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