San Francisco is a huge draw for visitors from around the world. There is so much to do and see, you need at least a few days to cover everything available!
A top attraction in San Francisco is Pier 39.
This is a favorite hot spot that attracts families, locals, and anyone who wants to experience a bit of San Francisco by the sea.
In this post, we’re going to cover everything you need to know about Pier 39. How to get there, the top attractions, and why you should absolutely include it in your list of places to visit in San Francisco.
Pier 39 is in the Northeastern part of the city. It’s between the North Beach and Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhoods. If you’re taking public transportation, the closest stop is the Embarcadero & Stockton Street station, which is on the BART and bus lines.
Once you leave the station, Pier 39 is hard to miss, it’s right in front of you!
If you’re driving, there is a parking garage right at the pier as well, which can help you avoid trying to find a spot on the street.
Things To Do
You might not think that a pier has tons of activities, right?
Well, in this case, you’d be mistaken. Pier 39 is huge and has tons of things to do. You could easily spend a few hours enjoying the pier and still find time for more.
There aren’t many places you can get up this close and personal with wild sea lions. But, in San Francisco, Pier 39 is where dozens of sea lions call home. So don’t forget to bring your camera.
If seeing the sea lions have inspired you to learn more, pop into the Sea Lion Center which is also on the Pier, to check out interactive displays and exhibits on sea lion life and ecology.
Speaking of cameras, Pier 39 has some incredible views of the San Francisco Bay and the surrounding area. From here, you can get some fantastic shots of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the city skyline. Here’s an insider’s tip: go to the top of the Pier 39 Parking Garage, and you can get 360-degree views!
Pier 39 has at least a dozen attractions going on at any given time. Take a spin on the San Francisco Carousel, check out some street performers, listen to live music, or get a caricature done.
The pier is also a jumping off point for a bunch of other activities too. You can go on a cruise around San Francisco Bay, check out the Aquarium of the Bay, or spend some time gaming at the 7D Experience.
During certain times of the year, there are always events going on at Pier 39.
In October, for example, you can enjoy Fleet Week events that are centered around celebrating people serving in the armed forces.
And for the rest of the year, there are events celebrating everything from the San Francisco Giants to Chinese New Year. So keep an eye on the calendar before you go!