Tours & Attractions at Fisherman's Wharf
As San Francisco’s most popular visitor destination, Fisherman’s Wharf offers a wide range of land, sea, and air activities. For ideas about what to do, check out the listings below of Fisherman’s Wharf Merchants Association Member Businesses, offering the best in San Francisco Cruises, Rentals, and Sightseeing Tours available at Fisherman’s Wharf.
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Bike Rentals & Tours
Address: 2661 Taylor Street; 1325 Columbus Avenue; 501 Bay Street, 2830 Jones Street.
Since its inception, Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours has been modernizing the bike rental market in San Francisco and surrounding areas. The idea for an efficient and easy bicycle rental operation in San Francisco was the idea of husband and wife who sought to offer visitors top quality bikes for rentals and tours. The goal of the small, family-run business was to transform the rental business with professional, bright, clean and welcoming facilities; new, high quality bikes replaced annually; exceptional customer service; and quick check-out procedures. Over the years, we’ve expanded to four Fisherman’s Wharf storefronts featuring 100s of bicycles. We feature a fleet of 1,000+ bicycles; from standard Comfort Hybrids, Performance Bikes and Tandems, to Electric, Kids and Road Bikes.
With each rental we include a map, route advice, helmets, bike storage and rear gear racks. We give you the option to comfortably and safely experience San Francisco like a true native. Guests can indulge in the road less traveled and the exciting “underground” routes through this spectacular city offers using our custom, high quality maps that detailing rides for all levels of riders and interests. In addition to self-guided rentals, we feature four Daily Guided Tours led by expertly trained guides. These tours take guests over the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, around the city on a custom urban tour, and through the historic backroads of the Presidio- respectively. The guides strive to provide an excellent experience for guests, with safety and fun as the objectives of each tour.
Our Tour Guides retain the freedom to personalize their tours with their personality and to cater to their riders’ needs – if riders are experienced the tour can be embellished; if riders are novice the tour can slow it down a bit. Bottom line- no two tours are alike. The dynamic, international staff at Bay City Bike is comprised of bicycle enthusiasts and share the passion of enjoying the outdoors and everything that the San Francisco Bay area has to offer. Bay City Bike is committed to providing guests with a safe, fun and memorable experience without exception, without fail, every time. Amazing Views, Flat Paths, Family Fun: Bike San Francisco! Come visit us at any of our 4 Prime Locations on Fisherman’s Wharf!
Address: 2715 Hyde Street
Our main location, at 2715 Hyde Street, has our best selection of bikes as well as an indoor test ride to make sure everything is comfortable before you go! When you’re ready to ride, we’re just a block and a half from the start of the car-free bike path that will take you on a beautiful bayside ride over to the Golden Gate Bridge. You’ll cross the bridge on the sidewalk, and after that it’s a fun downhill cruise into beautiful Sausalito, where you can take the bike with you on a ferry boat to return to San Francisco.
Blazing Saddles has the largest rental fleet in California with something for everyone! Our family-friendly rental fleet includes comfort bikes, tandems, and a full line of kids’ bikes and equipment. We also offer high-end electric, road, and mountain bikes, plus private tours and group events! However you roll, our friendly and knowledgeable staff will make sure Biking the Bridge is the highlight of your trip!
Address: Pier 33, Alcatraz Landing
Phone: 415-981-7625 (ROCK)
Alcatraz Cruises is the National Park Service concessionaire serving visitors to Alcatraz Island. Open seven days a week, with several daily departures, Alcatraz is a place to experience for locals and visitors alike. Tours sell out quickly, so call or book online in advance.
The island’s rich history means there is always something new to discover. See the first lighthouse on the West Coast and learn about Alcatraz as a Civil War fort. The award-winning audio tour of the cellhouse offers stories of former guards and inmates from the federal penitentiary. Find out about the 19-month occupation of Alcatraz by Indians of all tribes. Explore the natural side of “The Rock” with beautiful gardens, bird colonies, and breathtaking views. Few destinations captivate visitors as much as Alcatraz Island does.
The Alcatraz Day Tour ticket includes a roundtrip ferry to the island, the cellhouse audio tour, and a variety of daily programs. The audio tour is available in eleven languages – English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin, and Korean.
The Night Tour is a unique program limited to just a few hundred visitors per evening. Tickets include roundtrip ferry, a live narration as the boat cruises around the north side of the island before docking, a ranger-guided tour from the dock to the cellhouse, the cellhouse audio tour, and a variety of special presentations only offered at night.
Alcatraz Island is truly an inescapable experience.
Sit back and enjoy the ride as you cruise through the city on an open-top bus and learn about San Francisco’s unique history. You have the choice of a personal recorded commentary or an entertaining live commentary. You can hop-on and hop-off the bus to visit attractions before hopping back on-board to continue your journey. The tour’s main highlight is the journey over the fabled Golden Gate Bridge and the stunning views back across San Francisco Bay from Vista Point. Don’t forget your camera to help capture some memorable moments.
Address: 1331 Columbus Avenue
City Sightseeing San Francisco is part of the City Sightseeing franchise that began in Seville and now operates in over 100 cities worldwide. City Sightseeing San Francisco began operating our open-top double decker buses in 2005 and has a fleet of over 30 open-top buses (not including our motor coaches!). With the most HopOn HopOff stops in San Francisco, we allow your clients to enjoy touring San Francisco and all its beauty! Your guests will enjoy wonderful sights of our City by the Bay, like Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, Japantown, North Beach, Union Square, Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, Ocean Beach, Lands End, Nob Hill, Lombard Street, and much more!
Our Downtown Tour includes major San Francisco landmarks like Fisherman’s Wharf, Barbary Coast, Financial District, the Ferry Building, South of Market, City Hall, Union Square, Chinatown, North Beach, Lombard Street, PIER 39, and more.
Our Golden Gate Bridge and Sausalito Tour departs from Fisherman’s Wharf before heading to the Palace of Fine Arts for a brief photo stop and continuing onto the Golden Gate Bridge, passing Crissy Fields, and stopping at both the North and South Vista Points for amazing views of San Francisco. The tour carries on into Marin County, and stops in charming Sausalito before heading back across the Golden Gate Bridge into the Presidio National Park with the mansions of Pacific Heights and into San Francisco.
While in Sausalito, you also have the option to HopOn our Muir Woods tour, which takes you along the Pacific Coast Highway, providing breathtaking views of the coastal mountains near Mt. Tamalpais, the highest point in the Northern California Coast Ranges, before actually entering Muir Woods, which has some of the world’s tallest Redwood trees.
The Golden Gate Park Tour covers Union Square, Civic Center and City Hall, the Opera House and Davies Symphony Hall, and past Hayes Street where you can find countless shopping opportunities and restaurants. The bus then heads into beautiful Golden Gate Park where you can visit such renowned attractions as the de Young Museum, the Japanese Tea Gardens, and the multimillion dollar California Academy of Sciences. Enjoy driving past the windmills to the Pacific Ocean and Lands End before heading through Japantown and to Union Square.
Don’t forget to check out our Night Tour for some amazing sights of San Francisco in its moonlight, departing nightly from our office, including breathtaking views of San Francisco from Nob Hill and Pier 7 on our complimentary walking tours.
We also offer convenient, fun, and informative tours of Sonoma and Napa Valley. Great tastings of our local wine are a must for any wine fan visiting the San Francisco area. Our Wine Country Tours include complimentary pick-ups from San Francisco hotels, complimentary tastings, and a complimentary lunch on our full-day option!
For the best overall experience with friendly, informative, and entertaining staff, don’t forget to book with City Sightseeing San Francisco!
Address: 1331 Columbus Avenue, 3rd Floor
Fold up your map. Put away the guidebook. And see the San Francisco most visitors never see! Zip all over town in a GoCar and let this little yellow car take you on a GPS-guided tour of the city. Your GoCar will tell you where to go and give you the scoop on what you’re seeing, telling the stories a local tells. Our tours take you on fantastic and varied tours around San Francisco. It’s an entertaining, exhilarating and enlightening way to see the city!
Address: 2800 Leavenworth Street (at Jefferson)
Gray Line of San Francisco, part of the worldwide family of Gray Line Sightseeing Companies, offers a fully guided San Francisco City Tour, Muir Woods & Sausalito Tour, Napa & Sonoma Wine Country Tour, Monterey & Carmel day and overnight tours, and Yosemite National Park day and overnight tours. Recently awarded Trip Advisors 2014 BEST SIGHTSEEING TOUR for Monterey & Carmel and Napa & Sonoma Wine Country, Gray Line of San Francisco is the last family owned, full-service sightseeing, tour and charter company in San Francisco. San Francisco Open City Tour – Hop On Hop Off offers visitors sightseeing on your own aboard the newest state-of-the-art buses with retractable roofs. A new Sausalito Loop and Night Tour is also offered.
Address: 2766 Taylor Street
San Francisco, CA, 94133
Address: 542 Presidio Avenue, San Francisco
Established in 1999 and head quartered is SF, our esteemed clientele have enjoyed superior service and we are fortunate to receive their repeat business and word of mouth referral. As a leader in personalized service to discriminating customers, Protocol beats our rivals. If you are thinking prestige & excellence, you have come to the right place. Protocol features Audi, Mercedes benz, stretch limousines, luxury vans and Hybrid vehicles
Address: 757 Beach Street
San Francisco Electric Tour Co. is the original Segway Tour Operator in San Francisco, providing fully guided and narrated tours since 2004. We offer fun-filled tours via Segway — the world’s most unique transportation device. We pride ourselves in offering exceptional service, amazing tour guides, and a memorable San Francisco Experience.
We offer seven (7) fun San Francisco Segway tour routes. We provide each guest with one-on-one training and every tour is fully narrated by one of our experienced tour guides through radio headset. We explore different parts of San Francisco and take guests to hidden locations and panoramic vistas. Photo stops are made along the way and we post tour pictures to Facebook, so guests can share their Segway experience with family and friends.
A city as unique as San Francisco demands a one-of-a-kind way to tour it — and Segway is the answer. Experience one of our unique and memorable Segway Tours: Wharf & Waterfront Segway Tour: Explores world-famous Fisherman’s Wharf, the hidden alleys of historic Little Italy/ North Beach, and delivers breath-taking bay views of Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and more. Golden Gate Park Segway Tour: We are the exclusive licensed Segway tour operator in Golden Gate Park. Guests glide through the eastern section of the park with over 8 miles of designated trails, bike paths, and low-traffic areas of this urban oasis. Night Chinatown & Little Italy Segway Tour: Explores Little Italy/North Beach and Chinatown, while offering fantastic night views of the new Bay Lights installation, the Transamerica Pyramid, Coit Tower, the Ferry Building, the San Francisco Waterfront, and Alcatraz Island Lighthouse. Advanced Hills and Crooked Street Segway Tour: For riders with prior Segway experience. Scoots up Russian Hill, glides down Lombard Street, the world’s “crookedest” street, and explores Little Italy/North Beach and the San Francisco waterfront. Advanced Golden Gate Park Segway Tour: For guests who already know how to ride a Segway and want to explore the park without having to complete our full Segway training. Less training time equals more riding time! Waterfront Segway Mini Tour: Offered daily for guests on a shorter time limit this tour covers the North Beach/Little Italy as well as Fisherman’s Wharf & Waterfront. This tour is 1.5 hours long. Golden Gate Park Mini Segway Tour: Covering the eastern portion of Golden Gate Park this tour allows for those with a time limit to have all the fun in a shorter time. This tour is 1.5 hours long.
Address: 288 Beach Street
At Tower Tours, we take pride in our personalized customer care, modern and luxurious fleet of vehicles, and professional and talented guides and drivers. We sell dynamic and memorable San Francisco touring experiences at reasonable and competitive prices. As we’ve watched our company grow, we continue to work hard to provide the best assortment of San Francisco sightseeing, and have a long list of happy, satisfied clients who have referred our services many times over.
Address: J-Dock, PIER 39
Experience the best in San Francisco by sailing on the beautiful San Francisco Bay with Adventure Cat Sailing Charters. These legendary sunset sails and relaxing afternoon bay cruises are the perfect way to see the breathtaking San Francisco city skyline, Alcatraz Island, and travel under the Golden Gate Bridge. Consistently voted among the top five things to do in San Francisco, Adventure Cat Sailing Charters combines the romance of the city with the adventure of the sea. Adventure Cat Sailing Charters sails from March 1st through the end of November.
Address: PIER 41, Marine Terminal
Blue & Gold Fleet, the Bay Area’s largest and premier provider of tourist attractions, including Bay Cruises, Ferry Services, Motorcoach Tours, Sightseeing Tours, & Private Cruises. While we live for intrigue and adventure, safety is the cornerstone of our entire operation. That’s why our experienced captains, crew, reliable vessels and buses ensure our guests a safe, comfortable experience around San Francisco and the bay. We are also proud to be a national leader around sustainable and environmental practices, as shown through our numerous awards.
Located at PIER 39 in San Francisco, we offer Bay Cruises, the Bay Area’s only white knuckle ride on RocketBoat, and scheduled ferry service to Sausalito, Tiburon, Angel Island, Vallejo, Alameda and Oakland. Additionally, during baseball season, we provide ferry service to and from AT&T Park. On land, our comfortable Motorcoach Sightseeing Tours take visitors from around the world to some of the most incredibly beautiful places in Northern California.
Address: Pier 3, Hornblower Landing
What’s the best way to see The City by the Bay? Take to the water to celebrate in San Francisco, with Hornblower Cruises & Events. Whatever the occasion, you’ll enjoy gentle bay breezes, glittering waves, and the dramatic San Francisco skyline. Our public dining cruises and private charters offer an only-in-San Francisco experience complete with welcoming service, gourmet cuisine, and stunning views of the most celebrated sites. Whether it’s a public or private event, whatever you choose, it’s an unforgettable way to explore San Francisco. Make your memories on a Hornblower dining cruise today!
Address: Pier 43 1/2
Red and White Fleet’s cruise tours of San Francisco Bay take visitors to San Francisco’s biggest landmarks and premier attractions, including the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge and around notorious Alcatraz Island. Red and White’s boat cruises of San Francisco Bay are not only spectacular, but also a convenient way for visitors to discover the many famous sights of the City by the Bay in a relaxing and classic way. After all, our boat tours of San Francisco Bay depart up to 17 times daily from Fisherman’s Wharf, feature indoor and outdoor seating, and have cash bars onboard. Plus, our daytime cruises include exclusive headphone audio in 16 languages, giving you the option to learn about San Francisco history and sights, or to simply kick back and enjoy the amazing views. Don’t let your visit pass without taking a SF Bay cruise aboard the Red and White, the original San Francisco tour provider.
This year begins our 125th year of operation. Red and White has offered visitors and residents a variety of special SF Bay cruises, such as sunset journeys, bridge-to-bridge tours, and more. We look forward to sharing our hometown also with you! In addition to sightseeing cruises on San Francisco Bay, Red and White Fleet also features a variety of city tours and excursions throughout Northern California.
Popular options include bus tours to Muir Woods, the Sonoma & Napa Wine Country, Yosemite, Monterey & Carmel, as well as Hop-on Hop-off Double Decker bus tours of San Francisco.
Sportfishing & Boat Charters
Address: Berth 4, Jones and Jefferson Streets
The catch is striped bass, halibut, salmon, reds, blues, lings and things. For those of you with queasy stomachs, our trips are mostly in the San Francisco Bay. Bait is included in the price of all fishing trips (live, of course). For your comfort, we have a heated cabin, microwave, TV and VCR. Just bring your lunch, drinks, warm clothes and a little good luck, and enjoy your day of fishing with Capt. Erik, Capt. Aaron, and crew. If you have a special occasion (birthday, bachelor party, funeral or a bay tour), we are certified for up to 60 people
Address: Berth 7, Jones and Jefferson Streets
Captain Joe’s is located at world famous Fisherman’s Wharf. We offer daily fishing trips on one of our two boats. All our boats come with a professional crew to allow you to enjoy your experience. We also offer bay cruises and whale watching. Our fleet is owned and operated by Captain Joe.
Address: Berth 5, Jones and Jefferson Streets
Chucky’s Pride is one of the most beautiful sportfishing vessels located at world renowned San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf. She is a 50- foot Delta/Delta fiberglass vessel, inspected and certified by the United State Coast Guard. Chucky’s Pride is powered by a pair of Cummins QSL-9, 400 horsepower diesel engines. She has been most recently refurbished throughout with the latest state-of-the-art electronics and safety equipment. For your comfort, Chucky’s Pride carries 50 gallons of fresh water, 6 bunks, LCD TV, DVD, IPod interface, surround sound, refrigerator, microwave and a fully heated cabin.
Address: Berth 3, Jones and Jefferson Streets
Step aboard The Lovely Martha for the best sport fishing the San Francisco Bay has to offer! It’s salmon season and the fish sure are biting. You won’t just find king salmon aboard The Lovely Martha; you will also get a great haul of striped bass, halibut, and rockfish.
Join Frank Rescino, a third-generation captain, and his son and fourth-generation captain, Mike Rescino. You are in expert hands with this crew. The Rescinos have been running sport fishing tours from Fisherman’s Wharf for over 100 years.
Sign up for a 1/2-day fishing trip for just $100 before the season ends! The Lovely Martha also cruises the bay year-round for public and chartered sightseeing tours. Tours cruise past all the highlights of the bay, including Alcatraz and under the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. This is one photo opportunity you don’t want to miss!
Address: Berth 2, Jones and Jefferson Streets
Great White Shark Adventures — During the Fall months (September – November), thousands of marine mammals migrate to the Farallon Islands, which are approximately 27 miles from the San Francisco Bay, to breed and calve their young. This event attracts the largest great white sharks in the world. The Farallon Islands, located in the red triangle, are the known feeding ground for great whites before their long Pacific migration.
We have had many dramatic encounters from great white attacks from the safety of our vessel. These events are purely natural and part of everyday life at these islands, and truly unforgettable!
Our adventure from San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf to the Farallon Islands is a full-day excursion and includes continental breakfast, lunch, coffee and beverages. This trip also provides an atmosphere with an education on great white sharks and the Marine Sanctuary of the Farallon Islands.
Our shark encounters are viewed from the surface in full view for everyone. On some trips, we see 2 or more sharks; on others, we don’t see any sharks at all. Our goal is to provide an opportunity to experience a great white shark sighting and encounter other marine life.
The Farallon Islands are a safe haven to 37 types of endangered species, 400 types of birds, elephant seals, California sea lions, and stellar sea lions. It is also a popular migrating stop for many types of whales, including the blue, grey and humpback whale, with the possibility of porpoises and dolphins.
This is a great expedition for anyone who loves the outdoors. This rare adventure will provide you with an opportunity to observe such an occurrence with a great white shark attack as well as a memory of a lifetime!.
Address: 242 Redwood Highway
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Seaplane Adventures is a family owned and family-run business in operation since 1945. We offer a variety of flight options, including our most popular 30-minute Golden Gate Flight, which departs from the water in Sausalito and flies along the coast over the Golden Gate Bridge, Baker Beach, Point Bonita Lighthouse, Crissy Field, Downtown San Francisco, AT&T Park, Alcatraz, and Angel Island. We offer shuttle service from PIER 39. This is a fantastic way to see all of San Francisco and is great for all ages.