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“Bring or purchase a windbreaker!”
Review of Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf
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Ranked #16 of 572 things to do in San Francisco
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Historic Fisherman's Wharf is the classic San Francisco experience where you will find a range of hotels, specialty restaurants, famous attractions, unique shops, breathtaking scenery and entertainment for the whole family.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed March 12, 2013

Tourist area with lots of stores to purchase trinkets, but they have the very important windbreakers lined with fleece. The wind off the bay is cold and a normal light jacket will not protect most, I am from Minnesota. The fish and crab stands are worth stopping at and trying the crab cakes, they are inexpensive and different from Maryland style. Stop in the Gold Dust for a drink, the many warm versions of Irish coffee will be worth it.

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Reviewed March 11, 2013

This is the place to go buy fresh crab or live cooked crab from a street vendor, find a seat on the curb and eat it! (Wear appropriate clothes). The wharf itself is run down and touristy, but it's still fun to walk around, see the war ships, visit the penny arcade, and people watch. Dress down, don't show any jewelry, wear layers, and bring a windproof jacket and hat with you. It can get cold here.

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Reviewed March 10, 2013

And i have given this wharf 5* on tripadvisor only due to it having the USS Pampanito Submarine, and the USS Jeremiah o' Brien WWII supply ship on display, that and Alioto's amazing seafood not to mention the famous sea lions too. Other than that this is a seriously overpriced area and when you visit Chinatown later on you will understand why. I must admit we did try the famous chowder as well as other various seafood vendors, however when you pay $6 for a polystyrene cup of chowder you find yourself asking what have i just bought here? I must admit it does taste good especially with sour dough. Wandering around here you are aware that austerity cuts don't apply, but i suppose when in SF you just have to grin and bear it, next door is pier 39 in all it's "Disney" glory and if you have kids well it's perfect for them. Going back to the wharf you can sit at the many cafes and people watch with a beer or two, or if you want you can walk right along the harbour area and window shop or even worse buy some overpriced gear, don't forget Chinatown folks much cheaper. Also here somewhere you will find the famous "Bushman of San Francisco" this harmless lad hides behind two bushes and as you walk past he jumps out to scare you, i must admit he caught us beautifully one day, it was quite funny and you just give him a few coins or so. You can also find him on Youtube, Yes i suppose if you visit SF you just can't avoid this area as it is famous and has featured in many movies, just keep an open mind and enjoy the experience folks...!

1  Thank Bigb67Scotland
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

Fisherman's Wharf is a great place to spend an afternoon or evening in San Francisco. Singles, couples, families, large groups.....all will find something to enjoy. Take the trolley to the Wharf (or pay a pretty penny for parking). Snap a photo of your party under the corner sign, where you might also find one of the best steel drum bands that I have ever heard performing just for the pleasure of making music.

There are shops, restaurants, charter boats for entertainment. But the best thing to do is to grab a bench near the music, have a cold drink at hand, and relax while enjoying watching folks go by. Spend a dollar or a hundred, it doesn't matter. You'll still have a great time. And in the distance, you can ponder the fate of the former occupants of the (in)famous Alcatraz Prison which is in a direct line of sight.

1  Thank Cedar58
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

You cannot visit San Francisco and not enjoy some time on the Wharf. From the Maritime Museum to clam chowder from one of the outdoor seafood vendors (I always hit Alioto's), to the various galleries and souvenir shops....it's all part of the SF experience!! Every time I am in the Bay Area I try to hit the Wharf and every time I do I am reminded how much Fisherman's Wharf helps define San Francisco! I grew up on San Francisco Sourdough bread and this is the place to get it as fresh as possible. Gharardelli Square is within walking distance so go there to buy the famous chocolate (even though it is made elsewhere in the Bay Area now). The street vendors and buskers are fun and on a sunny day people watching will be at it's best with lots of colorful people and many dogs to catch your eye! For full-service seafood restaurants, you can't beat Alioto's or Scoma's. An odd thing about the Wharf, but is really city wide, is that stores are forbidden to use plastic bags (bummer if it's raining, which it often does in SF) and alot of them will even charge you for a paper bag, so you will be wise to take your own bag or two. Some of the sights on the Wharf have fees.but the galleries and National Park, souvenir shops and people watching are all free of charge. Most of the souvenir shops have a variety of well-priced t-shirts if you are one of those people (like me) who likes to take the hubs and kids fun t-shirts from various locales. If it's raining enough to need an umbrella and you aren't toting one, the Walgreen's on the Wharf has reasonably priced ones. The only negative to be said about Fisherman's Wharf is that the parking is both scarce and expensive. But it is sooo worth it to get to spend time at Fisherman's Wharf!

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