Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf

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About The Wharf

One of the first stops on the list of any San Francisco visitor is world famous Fisherman’s Wharf. The area runs along the northwestern water front from Van Ness Avenue to roughly Pier 35 and originally served as San Francisco’s main fishing pier. Though some fishing still continues here today, the Wharf is primarily known for its excellent dining, fun attractions and easy access to many of the city’s main sight-seeing destinations.

No matter what age you are there is an attraction to suit your fancy. Children love to see the barking sea lions relaxing at Pier 39 and if they get the urge to be even closer to marine life, the Aquarium of the Bay is also located at the pier. Other wharf attractions include The Maritime Museum, Museum Mechanique, the Hyde Street Pier (a place to view authentic 19th century ships), and of course our very own Wax Museum. Fisherman’s Wharf visitors may also board ferry boats to visit Alcatraz and Angel Islands or even for cruises around the bay. Those who are not interested in these activities can look forward to prime shopping opportunities from small souvenir shops to the GAP to more specialized stores located at Pier 39, The Cannery and Ghirardelli Square.

Food is certainly an important part of any visit to Fisherman’s Wharf, and the most popular thing on the menu is of course seafood! The dining experience in the wharf area can be as elegant or as laid back as you wish it to be. Clam chowder in San Francisco’s famous sourdough bread bowls as well as many other seafood meals is available at both stands on the street and at sit down restaurants. For the non-seafood lover, there are also other fun and enjoyable eateries that will be sure to tempt your taste buds.

Other worthy sights near the wharf are Coit Tower, San Francisco’s famous “crookedest street in the world” (Lombard Street between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets) and the newly renovated Ferry Building which features restaurants and a weekly farmer’s market. The wharf also showcases some of San Francisco’s most breathtaking views including shots of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco’s cityscape.

Transportation to and from the Fisherman’s Wharf area is available by both public transit (MUNI lines: 10, 15, 19, 30, 47, 49, the historic F Market street cars and the world famous Powell-Hyde and Powell-Mason cable car lines), ferry, taxi or automobile. However, parking in this popular neighborhood can be costly and almost an endangered species around these parts, so using one of the first three methods is advisable.

So, now that you know what there is to do at the wharf and how to get here, dress in layers (a true San Franciscan knows that the fog and the bay breezes are often unpredictable), grab your camera and come pay a visit to one of San Francisco’s most exciting spots!