There’s something for everyone at Fisherman’s Wharf! During the day, take advantage of unique attractions. Pose with a celebrity wax figure, catch a shark feeding, or jump into a 3D interactive ride.
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ATTRACTIONS LOCATED AT FISHERMAN'S WHARF
Address: PIER 39, Building M, Level 1
We are a 3D film interactive attraction using full motion seats, wind, strobe lights, and other special effects. Each customer has a “blaster” to aim and blast at targets and characters on the big screen. Each customer gets a score based upon how well they did and all patrons have their photograph shown on the big screen, available for purchase after the ride. Current rides include “Los Banditos,” “Alien Asteroid,” “Zombies!” and the brand-new LaZer Challenge! Celebrating its 2nd anniversary.
Address: PIER 39, The Embarcadero at Beach
Aquarium of the Bay is San Francisco Bay’s Aquarium and home to approximately 30,000 animals that are found in the bay and along the California coastline, including native sevengill sharks, grand bat rays, giant Pacific octopuses, an array of jellies, and North American river otters.
Located just steps away from the San Francisco Bay, Aquarium of the Bay boasts two magnificent crystal clear tunnels totaling 300 feet and holding 700,000 gallons of carefully maintained bay water between them. With a focus on education and conservation, Aquarium of the Bay is the only aquarium dedicated to the diverse marine life and distinctive ecosystems of the San Francisco Bay and its watershed.
Aquarium of the Bay features four main exhibit areas for guests to explore:
Discover the Bay
“Discover the Bay” highlights animals that are commonly found closest to shore, right off of San Francisco’s docks where the fish tend to be smaller and juvenile, including green moray eels, wolf eels, juvenile swell sharks, a swirling school of anchovies, and the California state fish, the orange garibaldi.
Under the Bay
“Under the Bay” is the Aquarium’s main and most iconic exhibit area. When visitors first enter “Under the Bay,” they step into a tranquil environment where they discover five species of mesmerizing jellies. The jellies gallery is followed by two massive tunnels that are home to over 200 species of animals. In the first tunnel, guests will find a variety of animals including the giant sea bass, a rainbow of colored rockfish, California sheephead, and more. The second tunnel represents animals from the deeper waters of San Francisco Bay. Here, visitors will find multiple species of sharks including sevengill sharks (the Bay’s largest predator), spiny dogfish sharks, and leopard sharks, as well as grand bat rays, white sturgeons, and more.
Touch the Bay
“Touch the Bay” offers a hands-on experience for Aquarium visitors. Guests can touch juvenile bat rays, skates, and even sharks in the exhibits first touchpool. In a second touch pool that resembles California’s rocky coastline, guests can touch sea stars, sea anemones, and sea cucumbers. Guests will also encounter the “PG&E Bay Lab,” which features land-dwelling animals that are ambassadors for climates around the world.
The “Bay Lab” demonstrates the effects of climate change on these animals and their natural habitat. Visitors can learn about the animals in the “Bay Lab,” including blue-tongued skinks, red-eared sliders, and a California king snake, as well as participate in hands-on science experiments led by Aquarium naturalists.
River Otters: Watershed Ambassadors
Lastly, guests will encounter “River Otters: Watershed Ambassadors.” This exhibit features three playful North American river otters in a serene environment that combines land and water habitat. The exhibit includes two freshwater pools, a river stream, plus plenty of dry land and dig pits for the otters to enjoy. The river otters act as an ambassador species to help teach guests about the importance of the health and conservation of the watersheds that flow into the bay.
Address: 781 Beach Street (across from Aquatic Park, near Ghirardelli Square and the Hyde Street Cable Car Terminus)
Founded in 1984, the Cartoon Art Museum has something for everyone—from comic strips, comic books and anime to political cartoons, graphic novels and underground comix. People of all ages can view original cartoon art at exhibitions and screenings, create their own comics and animation in workshops, research thousands of comics and books in the reading room, and mingle with professional and aspiring cartoonists. Our permanent collection archive contains a repository of approximately 8,000 original pieces of cartoon art and attracts more than 20,000 visitors annually.
The museum produces a rotation of main exhibitions, presentations, and lectures; plus receptions, and a number of classes for children, students and adults, as well as artists-in-residence programs and fundraising events. Please visit our website: cartoonart.org for a list of our current exhibitions and upcoming events.
As one of just a few museums in the US of its kind, the Cartoon Art Museum’s mission is to ignite imaginations and foster the next generation of visual storytellers by celebrating the history of cartoon art, its role in society, and its universal appeal. This is achieved through collecting, cataloging, preserving and displaying the finest representations of original cartoon art as well as providing accessible educational programs designed to enrich the cultural life of our community.
The Cartoon Art Museum represents the medium locally, nationally and internationally. In the past 35 years, CAM has produced over 200 exhibitions ranging from social justice, politics and sports to children’s literature and popular culture, plus over 30 publications celebrating and examining the diversity of cartoon art in animation, comics, graphic novels, zines and book illustration.
The museum is open daily 11am to 5pm, except Wednesdays. The museum is also closed on the following holidays: New Years Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Address: 711 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02111 United States
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Address: 145 Jefferson Street
Roll out the red carpet! The world famous Madame Tussauds wax attraction is now open in San Francisco! Meet your icons, get closer to fame than ever before, plus experience the ‘Spirit of San Francisco’. Cozy up to George Clooney on a sofa, jam on stage with Jimi Hendrix, and go behind the camera with Steven Spielberg or even ride a bike with E.T.! Are you ready for your starring role?
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Address: Pier 45
The SS Jeremiah O’Brien is one of two remaining fully functional Liberty ships of the 2,710 built and launched during World War II. The O’Brien has the distinction of being the last unaltered Liberty ship and remains historically accurate. Moored at Pier 45, Fisherman’s Wharf, she is a premier San Francisco attraction. A living museum on the National Register of Historic Places and a National Historic Landmark, the O’Brien transports you back almost seven decades to when sailors braved the harshest of high seas and threat of enemy attack.
The Liberty ship is open seven days a week to the public for dockside tours. The admission price is $20 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. Several San Francisco Bay cruises are scheduled each year. Be sure to check our calendar for Steaming Weekends and cruise schedules. The ship is also available to rent for your party or private event. We have an overnight program for scouts and other youth groups as well.
Address: Beach Street & The Embarcadero
From amazing views and a sea of sea lions to chowder bread bowls and California wines, your visit to San Francisco starts at PIER 39. PIER 39 — the most visited destination in San Francisco — offers two levels of dining, entertainment, shopping and attractions, all surrounded by unbeatable views of the city and the bay. Located along the historic San Francisco waterfront, PIER 39’s location provides the picture-perfect backdrop for postcard views of the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, Alcatraz, Angel Island and the famous city skyline. Be treated to an unforgettable San Francisco experience and learn why a visit to San Francisco starts at The PIER.
Address: 175 Jefferson Street
Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Odditorium Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Is the Weirdest Place on the Wharf! This location is two floors, 12,000 square feet, and 16 galleries with over 400 exhibits including over 70 interactive filled with the strange, the unusual, and the unbelievable. See in person the incredible “Believe It or Not’s!” you’ve read about it in the Ripley books and cartoons, and watched on television. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium is a self-guided, self-paced interactive tour that is fun for the whole family and allows guests to fully enjoy San Francisco’s most bizarre attraction! A landmark at Fisherman’s Wharf for over 45 years!
Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze
Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze boasts with nearly 100 Mirrors with LED, laser lighting, and digital sound! A totally new concept in amusement design, it provides a different experience every time you enter. With sound and lighting effects to enhance the experience, the maze features 1,200 square feet of mirrored path, surprising corners, dead ends and continuous circles.
Ripley’s Impossible LaseRace
Enter the mysterious room and as you cross the starting point, the room ahead of you is filled with brilliant green lasers radiating from the walls. Expertly navigate through the web of lasers, going over and under lasers as quickly as possible, upon reaching the final laser beam, you press a stop button which completes your challenge and determines your time/score.
Office Address: 870 Market Street, Suite 803
Museum Address: 77 Steuart Street (Steuart Street F-Line Stop)
Office Phone: 415-956-0472
Museum Phone: 415-974-1948
The free San Francisco Railway Museum packs a great experience into a compact space, just across from the famous Ferry Building at the Steuart Street F-line historic streetcar stop. Visit the museum while riding the F-line in either direction between Fisherman’s Wharf and the Union Square area. The museum is designed to complement the historic rail vehicles of the F-line and cable car lines by serving as an information and interpretation center for them.
San Francisco is one of the few places in the world where you can get the actual experience of riding vintage rail transit in its “natural habitat” — the rumble of the motors under your feet, the swaying of the car itself, the smell of the brakes. Before or after you take that magical ride on the “museums in motion,” visit our museum to make your experience complete. What we offer at the museum is a celebration of San Francisco’s rail transit history, focused on exploring the positive impacts streetcars and cable cars have made on the quality of urban life in this great city.
The museum features a full-sized exact replica of the motorman’s platform of a 1911 San Francisco streetcar, where kids of all ages can experience what it was like to be at the controls. You’ll also find unique historic artifacts, illustrative and informative displays, rarely seen archival photography, and audio-visual exhibits that use 21st century technology to bring rail transit in the 19th and 20th centuries to life.
Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. Closed on holidays and Mondays in winter months.
Address: Historic Pier 45
The Association supports San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park and independently operates the World War II submarine museum and memorial USS Pampanito. Each year, the Association’s unique education programs at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park serve more than 10,000 schoolchildren. More than 100,000 people visit USS Pampanito annually, making her one of the most popular historical naval vessels in the country. Considered one of the world’s finest examples of maritime preservation, this submarine has been designated a National Historic Landmark. USS Pampanito also hosts more than 1,000 children and adults for daytime and overnight education programs each year.The Association originally acquired USS Pampanito in 1976, undertook her restoration, and opened the vessel to the public in 1982. Since then, the Association has continued its restoration and interpretation work, with the goal of returning USS Pampanito to a condition representing a specific point in time-late summer 1945. To date, almost all of the sub’s missing items have now been replaced, and much of the equipment on board has been restored to operation. In 2000, the Association developed an audio tour to enhance visitors’ educational experience; we also offer an online video tour of the submarine. Pampanito is the only World War II submarine open to the public on the West Coast, and represents an invaluable link to that era of our nation’s history.
Office Address: 501 Bay Street (Sightseeing Pass Desk)
Phone: 844-400-PASS (7277)
Stand back and marvel at the unique personalities of the Golden Gate City with the San Francisco Sightseeing Pass, your introduction to the diverse neighborhoods in the center of international culture, art, cuisine, and nightlife on the West Coast.
With the Sightseeing Pass save up to 60% on admission to over 30 attractions and enjoy a hearty bite of some of the best local and authentic flavors in San Francisco. Plus enjoy 24 Hours of Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus Tours with Big Bus. With two flexible models, make the most of your visit to San Francisco and save big. For first time visitors looking to explore the city, check out the Sightseeing Day Pass: choose between 1, 2, 3, or 5 days, then see all you can for one low price. Or, for travelers with a condensed timeline, use the Sightseeing Flex Pass: select between 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 attractions and tailor your trip when you arrive. Plus, both Sightseeing Pass options have access to A FREE 1-HOUR BIKE RENTAL.
Overload your senses with eclectic thrills at both Fisherman’s Wharf and PIER 39: feel spooked in Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze or the San Francisco Dungeon; try the shockingly real 7D Experience and The Flyer virtual game; see local wildlife up close at the Aquarium of the Bay. From there, check out the GoCar 1-Hour Tour through the non-traditional streets of San Francisco, or wind your way down the iconic Lombard Street yourself on a Bay City Bike Day Rental in historic Russian Hill. Twist and turn your way through Chinatown, the oldest and largest Asian center in North America, for a taste of the East.
Nearby, just beneath the striking skyscrapers of the Financial District, hop aboard Hornblower Alive After Five Cruise. Head west toward the Civic Center for access to the first-class Asian Art Museum. Wander through laidback Lower-Haight towards the revolutionary Haight-Ashbury, capital of the 1960s hippie counterculture. See the beautiful Golden Gate Park with a Bay City Bike Guided Tour, including views of the Botanical Gardens, Shakespeare Garden, and the Arboretum. To the south, the renowned “Castro District,” the LGBTQ+ mecca in San Francisco, is awash in culture, cuisine, and nightlife. Its neighbor, the trendy Latino-influenced Mission District is a booming center for hipster bars, gourmet restaurants, and music venues.
The San Francisco Sightseeing Pass has plenty of options when it comes to traversing the Golden Gate City, with themed Take Walks Tours and immersive Wild SF Walking Tours stretching from Fisherman’s Wharf and North Beach to the Mission.
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Address: 145 Jefferson Street
The San Francisco Dungeon brings to life the authentic tales of the Bay Area’s dark history, through theatrical actors, special effects, gripping storytelling and 360º sets. The hysterically horrible engaging stories will take you through 9 live actor-led shows as you experience reenacted scenes from the colorful Gold Rush era to authentic tales about the Barbary Coast criminal gangs, Alcatraz, the Shanghai Kelly boat ride, and more. It’s the ultimate live action expedition! See, hear, touch, smell and feel the experience of early San Francisco as you move from show to show, guided by our professional actors. It’s hilarious fun – and sometimes a little scary!
Address: PIER 39, Building J, Level 2
The Sea Lion Center is a free nature center where guests can learn about the world-famous sea lions that inhabit the docks at the end of PIER 39. Operated and managed by Aquarium of the Bay, the Sea Lion Center overlooks the usual hangout of these charismatic mammals on PIER 39’s K-Dock.
Guests can enjoy daily presentations, fun artifacts, and one-on-one interactions with naturalists. Visitors from all over the world can learn about these boisterous animals, including their history on PIER 39. These captivating sea lions mysteriously made PIER 39’s K-Dock their home in January 1990, shortly after the Loma Prieta earthquake, and have since been entertaining visitors and locals alike with their playful antics.
The Sea Lion Center features interactive displays, educational videos, and fascinating presentations that include pulling plankton out of the bay and looking at it under a microscope. Guests can touch real sea lion artifacts, including pelts and skulls, and size themselves up next to a life-size sea lion skeleton. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Sea Lion Center focuses on the education and conservation of San Francisco Bay.
The Sea Lion Center utilizes the expertise of the Education staff at Aquarium of the Bay to help visitors understand their own personal connection to the bay and to the animals that live there. Guests are invited to sit in on regularly scheduled presentations led by Interpretive Naturalists to learn all about the sea lions, such as their role in the ecosystem, the challenges they face, and how our everyday actions can have an effect on the sea lions – good or bad. The Sea Lion Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Address: 360 Third Street, Suite 400, San Francisco
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Attractions Nearby Fisherman’s Wharf
Address: 24 Willie Mays Plaza
Oracle Park is one of the few ballparks in America where home runs can become splash hits. Where the breathtaking bay views rival the action on the field. Where one of baseball’s most hallowed franchises plays inside an architectural landmark. On your behind-the-scenes tour of sensational Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, you will get to visit a dugout, the indoor batting cage, and possibly the Visitors’ Clubhouse. Tours last about 1 hour and 30 minutes, and run almost every day at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Additional tours are available at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. during June, July and August. Our tours are great for families, groups, and out-of-town guests.