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“Wonderful place to see historic ships; up-close and personal”

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park Ships at Hyde Street Pier
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3-Hour San Francisco Segway Tour: Fisherman's Wharf to the Marina
Ranked #83 of 527 things to do in San Francisco
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Owner description: Established in 1988, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park encompasses 34 acres, and has the most National Historic Landmarks of any unit in the National Park Service. In addition to the fleet of historic ships at Hyde Street Pier, the Park includes the Aquatic Park Historic District (Maritime Museum, beach, lawn area, and bleachers), a Visitor Center and the Research Center (in Fort Mason Center).
Klamath Falls, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Wonderful place to see historic ships; up-close and personal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2014

If you are visiting Pier 39 don't miss this fascinating attraction. A great place for children or anyone to learn about maritime history and to experience these wonderful old vessels first hand. The Park Service puts on great programs - quite well done - not your usual dull museum spiels - these guys really get into character and have fun doing it!

Visited May 2013
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Kalispell
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Interesting history”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2014

First of all, we may not have been there on the best day for this experience and it may be coloring my viewpoint. It was pouring rain, so the view was not particularly good and the rain was flying at us from what appeared to be all directions. It also made the decks a bit slick.

However, there is also a lot to commend this activity. You can't beat the price-$5 for adults and kids are free. Additionally, the park ranger giving a presentation was unbelievably thorough. We had only had ninety minutes to spend on the ships, so we had to leave his presentation about halfway through, but if one was a "ship-buff", I think it would have been a tremendous experience.

The informational signs aren't bad, but I wish there had been a short audio tour that would have been a bit more engaging for a twelve year old. As a whole, it was somewhere between average and good. Perhaps a nicer day would have pushed it to four circles.

Visited March 2014
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Gold Coast
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Authentic and beautifully displayed.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2014

Hyde Street Pier is a must see. Even if you are not interested in old ships. The Balcutha and other displays are very well presented. Even kids will enjoy it.

Visited March 2014
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Liberty, Missouri, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Historical Ships”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2014

The Hyde Street ships are a wonderful historical attraction for anyone interested in the maritime history of San Francisco. Nearby is a visitors center that shows the history of San Francisco and a maritime museum that looks at its maritime past. The ships are part of the National Park Service and only cost $5 per adult and free for children. There are tour guides and videos on each ship, and pier tours are given throughout the day. Especially interesting for children. Allow a couple of hours minimum.

Visited March 2014
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Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
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“Combination of Great Scenery & History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2014

We visited on President’s Day and thus were given free entrance to this superb collection of maritime exhibits including the Eureka Ferry (check out the old menu prices); the rigged Balcutha; and the Eppleton Hall, an old paddle ship that was built in the north east of England and paddled across to the States! It is worth a visit which, depending on your interest in the particular subject, will take about an hour or two. Great views up Hyde Street and out onto San Francisco Bay.

Visited February 2014
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