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San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park Ships at Hyde Street Pier

499 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94109-1314
+1 415-447-5000
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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).
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499 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94109-1314
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+1 415-447-5000
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They have scheduled activities for kids, you can see some vessels inside, some only from the pier. On a nice sunny day it's a good place to take photos of Golden Gate bridge, Alcatraz, boats and kayaks. Some benches here and there when you get...More

Thank ImaMY
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Great fun, very educational. Different types of historical ships used in San Francisco, before bridges, GPS, cars, etc. An extra treat waits across the street at the Argonaut Hotel Lobby, which is a (free) mini-maritime museum, and includes one of the first French made Fresnel...More

Thank gphkt7
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

I saw everything there is to see. The visitor center, Hyde Pier, the ships, the aquatic park, watching swimmers swimming in the water, beach goers, bicyclists, and the Bay Area Trail. There is a movie to watch in the visitor center. It is expensive to...More

Thank Susan M
Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

We loved exploring around this ship which brought the past to life. From the period when it was called the Balclutha, shipping lumber to the UK in exchange for concrete to build San Francisco to its period as a freight ship for Alaskan Salmon. Memorable,...More

Thank Roger H
Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

This museum is one we revisit regularly. That reflects both our interest and the degree to which a Maritime exhibition is never static. The collection is under constant renewal, ships are much like living organisms, they age, but instead of spawning offspring they essentially are...More

Thank Jmc5606903
Reviewed 5 May 2017 via mobile

Me a Becky loved just walking around this area look at boats of bygone ages and found that this was a great photo spot. It also has public restrooms

Thank The_Poppys030514
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

I was walking towards Fisherman's Wharf and came across this Maritime jewel and decided to give it a try. A truly impressive collection of early ships of all sizes. Great self guided tour with available personnel to answer any questions. Definitely worth a look see!

Thank YankeeOne
Reviewed 26 April 2017

There are a few other things to do along the dock, but for the most part this attraction is about a few old ships you can pay to tour. They had four when we were there, which cost extra. If you wanted to check out...More

Thank LifeisTooShort69
Reviewed 19 April 2017

We visited the Hyde Street Pier twice. Our first attempt was abruptly stopped when we found out they will not allow you to enter the pier 30 mins before closing. The following morning we found ourselves at the wharf fairly early. Not much was open...More

Thank teep42
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

There are four or five ships to explore (three open on the day we visited) and they are all well presented with information boards and helpful guides. The ferry has a number of 1920s vehicles on board. Free if you have the 'America The Beautiful'...More

Thank Stuart F
Fisherman’s Wharf
Packed with family-friendly entertainment, quality
hotels, and good food, there’s something for everyone
at Fisherman’s Wharf. From street performers and
historic cable cars to art galleries and museums, a
postcard-worthy photo is available on every corner.
Bring your appetite: seafood lovers will be rewarded
with Dungeness crab and sourdough bread bowls, while
Ghirardelli Square will satiate anyone’s sweet tooth
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Barbara J
12 April 2015|
Response from Alexander Z | Reviewed this property |
Great that you're travelling with your dog. We had to leave our dog at home (I'm living in Europe), so we were without dog. But the area in front of the Pier is kind of a small park, so should be perfect for a dog, lots of... More