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April 8, 2005
From journal Four Days in San Francisco
January 27, 2005
From journal SFO
NYC, New York
November 30, 2003
From journal San Francisco 8/02
Medford, New York
February 11, 2003
Don't forget to ride on the carousel and visit the seals sunning on the barges. Loads of great seafood restaurants located here. There are street performers--some deserve donations, while others definitely don't. They think because they spray themselves silver and stand like a statue that they deserve money.
FYI: It is always cold here. The months in which I have visited are May, July, and August. IT IS ALWAYS FREEZING!!!! I had to buy sweaters here to wear under my jacket! It was the middle of July. I live in NY, and the temperature was in the 80s back home and the 60s here. In August, I visited Pier 39 at night. I was just wearing a cotton dress and blazer. As I talked with my coworker, you could see the cold air coming from my breath, so be prepared!
From journal Left My Heart in San Francisco
by Adventures With Adam
New York, New York
July 27, 2002
Sea lions differ from seals in that seals are barkless and have no external ears. Of course, these are wild animals, not trained circus critters, so they won’t do tricks, and it’s illegal to feed or disturb them. Still, it’s fascinating to watch them both for their grace in the water and their social interactions. A sea lion will glide through the bay, pop out onto one of the crowded floating docks, and lumber over his resting colony mates, which then nip at him.
If you get tired of watching the sea lions, just take a look around. Spread before you are the many landmarks of San Francisco Bay: Ghiradeli Square, the Presidio, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Angel Island, and the Marin Headlands. If there was ever a Kodak picture point, this is it. Set the camera on panorama mode and snap away.
From journal Adventures in San Francisco
March 21, 2002
Reason number one - the sea lions. You've got to admit, these guys, noisy and stinky as they can be, are pretty cute. They sit on the docks next to Pier 39, barking and sunning themselves, pretty successfully ignoring the crowds of people watching from the edge of the pier. Remember, though, if you visit during the peak summer times of June and July, you may not get as good of a show. The sea lions tend to migrate to the Channel Islands during the summer months. While you're there, be sure to check out the Marine Mammal Interpretive Center and store as well as the National Parks store. Both are located on the upper level of Pier 39, right across from the sea lions.
Reason number two - the view. If you go to the end of the Pier 41 (where the boats leave for Alcatraz), you get some pretty nice views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and, turning around, of the city.
Reason number three - people watching. I really shouldn't admit this one, but it's true. The best spot is right in front of the Alcatraz ticket office, where the street performers gather. Watching some of the reactions is usually more entertaining than the performers themselves.
Reason number four - Alcatraz. This really shouldn't even count. All you do is leave from Fisherman's Wharf. Check out my separate Alcatraz entry for info on the attraction that all travellers to San Francisco should see at least once.
There you have it - the reasons I usually get sucked into Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39. Avoid it if you can. I hope you're more successful than I usually am.
From journal San Francisco Chinese Parade
San Jose, California
August 1, 2001
Street performers seem to flock to the Fisherman's Wharf -- you will not want for entertainment! The hat is passed around at the end of each performance, so be ready for that.
Seafood restaurants also abound, and most serve very good food, but it is probably going to be overpriced. Souvenir shops sell every possible knick-knack you could want ... Alcatraz memorabilia, ocean treasures, 5 t-shirts for a dollar...
Sea Lions gather near Pier 39 in the evening, you can hear them barking from quite a distance. People love to stare and take pictures!
I like going to Pier 39 just because its so alive and bustling with happy people. When the sun sets, you have quite a nice view which should be enjoyed with a loved one. Remember to bring a sweater!
From journal Enjoying "The City"
July 18, 2000
From journal A Couple in the City by the Bay
June 26, 2000
From journal California Dreaming in San Francisco