Things To Do

There’s something for everyone at Fisherman’s Wharf: food, views, history, family fun and more. Below is some general information on the things to do at the Wharf. For more details, visit our Events and Visitor Information pages.


A food lover's haven, Fisherman's Wharf boasts some of the best dining in the world. Salivate over fresh Dungeness crab served steaming hot at outdoor stands or in a variety of gourmet recipes at the Wharf’s many seafood restaurants. Smell the fresh sourdough bread baking. Savor some locally made chocolate. The Wharf's eclectic mix of international cuisine is sure to make a hit with your taste buds. We guarantee it. Bon appetite!  More Fisherman's Wharf Restaurants, Crab Stands, Cafes and Casual Dining Information


During the day, street performers are here to tirelessly entertain you: magicians, mimes, musicians, jugglers, clowns and fire-eaters take pride in their efforts to make you feel welcome at Fisherman's Wharf. At night the wharf offers live music, theater, dancing, comedy clubs and much more.  More Wharf Nightlife Information


Over the course of its history Alcatraz – known as The Rock – has been a Civil War fortress, infamous federal prison, bird sanctuary, the first lighthouse on the West Coast, and the birthplace of the Native American Red Power movement. Today, more than a million people come to Alcatraz each year to learn about the island's human history and to see its birds, tide pools and gardens. You can see easily see The Rock from anywhere along the Wharf’s shoreline. Numerous cruises take you around and to the island.  More Alcatraz and Bay Cruise Information

Cable Cars

San Francisco is one of few places in the world where people can ride on a national historic landmark. Refurbished and equipped with new tracks, cables, turntables and cable propulsion machinery, San Francisco’s famed cable cars operate much as they did on August 2, 1873 when Andrew S. Hallidie guided the first car down the Clay Street grade. Two of the three cable car lines stop in Fisherman’s Wharf. Catch the Powell-Mason line at Taylor St. and Bay St., or the Powell-Hyde line at Hyde St. and Beach St.

Hyde Street Pier

Hyde Street Pier is home of the world's largest collection of historic ships by tonnage, where visitors can board several National Landmark vessels, including the schooner Alma and the 1890 ferryboat Eureka. Hyde Street Pier also offers regular ranger guided tours, chantey sings, special programs and hands-on demonstrations for all ages.

Sea Lions

One of Fisherman's Wharf's  most popular attractions, the amazing sea lions of PIER 39 hold huge appeal for visitors of all ages.  Most of the year, you can find hundreds of these local sea mammals gathered on the docks beside PIER 39, cavorting, eating and basking in the sun. Their numbers vary depending on time of year, but their distinct barks can always be heard from blocks away.

Sports and Recreation

With its flat waterfront, steep hills and clement weather, San Francisco is perfect for getting some exercise in the fresh sea air. Whether you prefer an easy stroll or an aerobic challenge, the City by the Bay has the terrain for you. A walk along the shoreline or a bicycle ride over the Golden Gate Bridge can do wonders for one's perspective on things. 

Angel Island

The other island you see from Fisherman’s Wharf is Angel Island, one of the last undeveloped islands left in the San Francisco Bay. It is maintained by the National Park Service and can be used for biking, hiking and picnics. Additional information is available at

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