I found Fisherman's Wharf too touristy with all its (mostly) boring shops and restaurants. But I enjoyed my visit to the USS Pampanito, a WWI submarine. I am not a huge fan of military stuff, but I've seen enough war movies to want to explore a real sub.
There weren't many visitors on a late November day. No line for tickets and audio guides, which cost us a total of $12.00 with a discount coupon from a magazine we picked up in our hotel. There were very few of us on the ship; I can only imagine what it must be like on a busy, warm day with hoards of people. Just alone, it was cramped with narrow corridors and low ceilings. Much smaller than I had imagined.
The audio guide was very informative and helped me understand what I was looking at in each section of the sub. Don't pass it up. Through this experience, I developed a renewed appreciation of what our military go through to keep us safe. Thanks to the people who manage to keep this open to the public.
This is a submarine, so be prepared for lots of climbing up and down so consider that if members of your group have limit mobility.
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