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Blackburn, England, United Kingdom
November 13, 2011
From journal More things to see in San Francisco
September 6, 2008
From journal A San Francisco Day Trip
December 30, 2007
From journal The City by the Bay
February 14, 2007
Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, and Ghirardelli Square are all located on the San Francisco Bay and are in walking distance of each other. Fisherman’s Wharf is dotted with restaurants, electronic stores, and T-shirt shops—your usual tourist trap, but you will still visit it anyway.
I was very disappointed in the restaurants. They are over priced and, coming from the East Coast, I do not like the West Coast seafood. They are famous for their Dungeness crabs. Compared to good old Maryland crabs, Dungeness have no flavor. The Bay Area is known for its famous chowder in a sourdough bowl. I stopped at a street vendor thinking it would be cheaper than eating it in the restaurant, but I was wrong. A bowl of chowder ran $9; it was comparable to Boston’s chowder but way over priced. Prices in restaurants for lunch and dinner are no different. The restaurants really do not have a lunch menu. Plan on spending between $50 and $90 for lunch or dinner for two.If you want to shop, I thought this was a great place to by souvenirs. T-shirt shops everywhere and all for a great price. Like electronics, this is the place. I purchased a lens for my camera for the same price or better than on the Internet.Pier 39 is one of the most visited places in the country; it is up there with Disney. Why, I am not sure. Walking from the main part of the wharf down to Pier 39, the street is filled with street artists and performers. This part is quite entertaining. Pier 39 is not much more than the piers on the boardwalk in South Jersey—your usual shops with restaurants. The best and only thing about visiting the pier is the sea lions. For some reason they hang out by the hundreds. Bleachers are available if you plan on watching them for a period of time.Gharardelli Square and the Cannery once were working factories. Gharardelli Chocolate Factory was converted into shops, condos, and restaurants. In November 1964, Ghirardelli Square opened and is considered the first successful adaptive reuse project in the country. Ghirardelli Square was granted National Historic Register status in 1982. The Cannery was once a Del Monte factory. This historic building, dating back to 1907 and located on the waterfront, was since converted to restaurants, shops, and condos. Unlike the main part of Fisherman’s Wharf, this area offers unique shops and boutiques. From here, walk across to the Aquatic Park. You will get a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge. But this area is known for better things. In the frigid cold waters of the bay, you will see swimmers. I was here in January and I could not believe the amount of people swimming in these waters just like a warm summer day.Getting here: Depending on what part of the city you are staying, both cable car turn arounds are located here. The trolleys run in the area.
From journal A San Francisco Treat
October 18, 2006
From journal Six Months in San Francisco
August 26, 2006
This is a very touristy spot, with lots of people on the weekend, so I recommend visiting during the week during school hours if possible. If not beware that there are loads of kids and teens.
It's nice to just walk around the pier and to know that you are basically walking on something extended from land onto the water, the shops are great, some very unique shops (see LLama shop or Alpaca shop its so cool), great street performers and great food. There are also many great places to visit just walking distance of the pier, you will enjoy your time there.
You can also access many tours from here.
From journal I Left My Heart in San Fransisco! Along with all..
May 19, 2006
If there is one thing in San Francisco that screams tourist, it is Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf. Yet, it has to be one of my favorite things to do in this fishy city. Fisherman's Wharf is perfect for the seafood lover, with fresh seafood in the numerous street vender's carts that surround you. Crab is the specialty, but there is also an abundance of fresh clam chowder (in the infamous sourdough bread bowl). If you don't eat seafood, make sure to at least stop at Boudin's for some sourdough bread—the finest there is! There are a lot of homeless people around this area, but they generally keep their distance. Watch yourself at night though, make sure you don't walk it alone.
There is also an abundance of street performers around this area, who are lively and entertaining for the entire family to watch. Just be sure to throw them a dollar or two—remember, this is how they make their living. Going down to Pier 39, you can catch the Sea Lions barking away. That is nature at its best, and although stinky, the kids will love it. Also, near the sea lions you will find a cove of little shops and restaurants, among them Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. Here is also where the boats take off for the tours of Alcatraz.
From journal Fresh & Fishy San Francisco!
April 2, 2006
From journal San Francisco, CA
March 11, 2006
This is about the Pier 39 and Fishermans Wharf area of San Francisco. The Fishermans Wharf area is filled with many people bustling around trying to find such goods as freshly baked sourdough bread from Boudins Bakery, fresh clam chowder from the sidewalk restaurants, or trips out to the famous island prison, Alcatraz. Stop here a while and checkout the street performers. Look for the "Bush Man" while you traverse this area. He might just get you if you don't keep your eyes peeled.
From here you can access Pier 39, which is home to such sights as Forbes Island, and also see the Sea Lions that have adopted a part of the docks for their own place to sun themselves. You can also find many stores on Pier 39 and it pays to take your time walking around. You will not only use your sense of sight, but also your sense of smell as you walk down the pier. You can smell the salty air mixed with the smells of coffee, fresh bread, pretzels, cotton candy, etc. The pier is usually really busy, so unless you are a fan of crowds I wouldn't recommend this to you. If you are looking for a trinket from San Francisco, this is the place to shop.
For dinner I recommend going to Forbes Island. It is a small man-made island that is used as a restaurant. It is cozy and pretty romantic. Afterwards, you can watch the sea lions vying for places to sleep on the floating platforms nearby. For more information, check out www.pier39.com.
From journal San Francisco on a Budget
San Francisco, California
May 26, 2005
Don't miss the tour to Alcatraz. I've lived here all my life and just recently enjoyed the tour a couple years ago. Make sure you book tickets in advance, however. Your chances of acquiring tickets while in San Francisco are slim to none.
Also, check out the other tours around the bay and the dinner cruises. Some other attractions around Fisherman's Wharf include Ghiradelli Square, the Wax Museum, Ripley's Believe It or Not, the USS Pampanito submarine, and the USS Jeremiah O'Brien. You have to visit Fisherman's Wharf on your next trip here.
From journal San Francisco Insider