San Francisco is full of iconic landmarks: the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Lombard Street, the Painted Ladies. But for me, I always remembered a teacher of mine showing us photographs of the sea lions sprawled over wooden planks floating in the sea. Nothing beats a visit to Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39.
Fisherman’s Wharf is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike with some amazing seafood restaurants and lots of attractions and activities dotted around the place. Pier 39 can be found on the Wharf and is home to some great things to see and do. This is where you will find the Sea lions and a center that supports and cares for them.
There are so many shops in and around the Pier that you can spend hours browsing. There is even a Christmas shop full of San Fran inspired Christmas decorations! We also headed into a chilli shop that offered hundreds of spicy delights – Calum enjoyed the samples but enjoyed watching my head exploded with one gruesome finger dip of a sauce
We jumped on a Blue and Gold Fleet Cruise from the Pier, taking a tour along the river and getting an up-close view of the Golden Gate Bridge. You can also visit the Aquarium on the Pier but we were short on time so missed that one.
We did get ourselves some clam chowder – a must whilst in San Francisco! Served in a big ball of sourdough bread; t’was awesome! As expected there are a load of seafood places around the Pier to visit as well as a few bars for the adults.
Around the Fisherman’s Wharf area, you will also find a Ripley’s Museum, Madame Tussauds and San Francisco Dungeon (a version of the horrific London Dungeons). These are all great for family days out but we wanted to explore as much of the city as possible so decided against these during our visit.
We were staying near Union Square and used our Hop-on Hop-Off bus ticket to get down to the Pier before explore the rest of the city afterwards. This area is a must and a nice neighbourhood to stay in – we may book a few nights in a hotel in this area of the city for our next visit.
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