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San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

Step aboard century-old ships, watch boat builders at work, browse exhibits about U.S. maritime heritage and enjoy scenic picnics at this historic waterfront district.

Travel back in time to the 19th century maritime heyday of the USA at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Here, original vessels and working boatyards evoke stories of the seafaring traditions of the Pacific Coast. San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park sits on the shores of Aquatic Cove. Spot world-famous landmarks from its piers and peruse collections of art and maritime artifacts at its exhibition centers.

Stroll along Hyde Street Pier to see a fleet of ships built in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Among these is the magnificent Balclutha, an 1886 square-rigged sailing ship. Marvel at the 4-story-tall steam engine of the Eureka paddlewheel ferry and the 105-feet (32-meter) tall mast of the C.A. Thayer schooner. Set sail around the San Francisco Bay onboard the Alma, a wooden-hulled scow schooner.

Chat to the boat builders at the pier’s small workshop and observe as they carry out maintenance repairs to boats. Go to the end of the pier for impressive views and photo opportunities of the bay. Alcatraz Island, Angel Island State Park and the Golden Gate Bridge are all clearly visible from here.

Spend time browsing the exhibitions at the Maritime Museum, located in an art deco-style bathhouse building. Admire maritime-inspired murals by Hilaire Hiler and Sargent Johnson. Appreciate the talents of dockers and sailors via displays of nautical artifacts and photographs.

Bring your own food and have a picnic on the beach, grass lawns and steps located in front of the museum. Walk around Aquatic Park Pier for more striking views of the district and Aquatic Cove. Continue to the edge of the pier to Municipal Pier, where fishermen wait patiently for a catch.

Located in the Fisherman’s Wharf district, the park is about 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) from downtown San Francisco. Public buses and trams stop a short walk from the park.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is open year-round, except for select public holidays. There’s an admission fee for Hyde Street Pier. Get an introduction to the park via interactive exhibits and pick up information about the attractions at the Visitor Center.


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Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco £204
Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco

Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco

555 N Point St, San Francisco, CA
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum, Ghirardelli Square and Lombard Street. Pier 39 and Van Ness Avenue are also within 15 minutes. Jones St and Beach St Stop and Beach St & Mason St Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

    Holiday Inn Golden Gateway £121
    Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

    Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

    1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Van Ness Avenue and The Regency Ballroom. San Francisco City Hall and Orpheum Theater are also within 1 mile (2 km). California St & Van Ness Ave Stop is only a 2-minute walk and California St & Polk St Stop is 2 minutes.

      Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf £120
      Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf

      Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf

      2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39 and Ghirardelli Square. Lombard Street and Alcatraz Island are also within 3 mi (5 km). Beach St & Mason St Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Jefferson St & Powell St Stop is 3 minutes.

        Hilton San Francisco Financial District £102
        Hilton San Francisco Financial District

        Hilton San Francisco Financial District

        750 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ferry Building, Lombard Street and Pier 39. Oracle Park and Palace of Fine Arts are also within 3 mi (5 km). California St & Kearny St Stop is only a 5-minute walk and California St & Grant Ave Stop is 5 minutes.

          InterContinental San Francisco £105
          InterContinental San Francisco

          InterContinental San Francisco

          888 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown San Francisco, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Westfield San Francisco Centre. Warfield Theater and SHN Curran Theatre are also within 15 minutes. Market St & 5th St Stop is 5 minutes by foot and Powell St. Station is 7 minutes.

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            Argonaut Hotel - a Noble House Hotel

            Argonaut Hotel - a Noble House Hotel

            495 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly San Francisco hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Hyde Street Pier and Ghirardelli Square. Lombard Street and Pier 39 are also within 15 minutes. Hyde St & Beach St Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Hyde St & North Point St Stop is 3 minutes.

              Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf £172
              Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf

              Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf

              1300 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly San Francisco hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco Maritime Museum and Lombard Street. Aquarium of the Bay and Pier 39 are also within 15 minutes. Jones St and Beach St Stop and Hyde St & Beach St Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

                Marriott San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf £158
                Marriott San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf

                Marriott San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf

                1250 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ghirardelli Square, Lombard Street and Van Ness Avenue. Pier 39 and Fort Mason are also within 15 minutes. Hyde St & North Point St Stop and Taylor St & Francisco St Stop are within a 5-minute walk.