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“Sea Lions”
Review of Pier 39

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PIER 39 Attraction Pass
Ranked #21 of 542 things to do in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: From amazing views and a sea of sea lions to chowder bread bowls and California wines, your visit to San Francisco starts at PIER 39. Kick off your visit by exploring two levels of dining, entertainment, shopping and attractions, all surrounded by unbeatable views of the city and the bay. Take it from the world famous sea lions: a visit to San Francisco starts at The PIER.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Sea Lions”
Reviewed December 13, 2013

Expect to see numerous floats with Sea Lions on them. The dominate males are very aggressive in protecting their areas. Lots of bellowing noises. Fun to watch for 10-20 minutes. While you are in the area, have lunch at the famous Boudine's at Fisherman's Wharf.

Visited May 2013
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Coppell, Texas
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“Neat shops & restaurants”
Reviewed December 10, 2013

Very touristy with neat shops and restaurants. No scheduled listed as when the trolley picks us so plan to wait. Great views of Alcatraz.. Cooler on the pier at night so wear a jacket.

Visited October 2013
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Marshall, Missouri, United States
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“Awesome experience”
Reviewed December 9, 2013 via mobile

The sea lions were amazing, there are tons of street performers and painters and lots of fun shops to look around

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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“Lots to see and do”
Reviewed December 5, 2013

This was one of the places we wanted to go to, to see the seals and the views of Alcatraz. The seals did not disappoint, nor did Pier 39 and surrounding area. Lots of good restaurant to eat in. A variety of shops to buy souvenirs from (well, one has to do the touristy bit!). There is the Boudin bakery where they make the bread in full view of passers by. Most interesting. You can also eat the wonderful clam chowder in a bread bowl.

Visited August 2013
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Perth, Australia
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“pier 39 all round good time”
Reviewed December 4, 2013

we only had 3 days in san francisco,but we just kept going back to pier 39.for food,entertainment,to see the seals,to buy souveneirs,and just to look at all the different things to see and do.great place to spend time.

Visited November 2013
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Susan B, Guest Relations Manager at Pier 39, responded to this review, December 9, 2013
Thank you for visiting us during your recent stay in San Francisco and for taking the time to review PIER 39 on TripAdvisor! We are so happy to hear that you had such a great time here and that we were able to welcome you throughout your stay. If you're missing the sea lions now that you have returned home, take a peek at our Sea Lion Webcam: http://www.pier39.com/home/the-sea-lion-story/sea-lion-webcam/

We look forward to seeing you again on your next trip to San Francisco!
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