Pier 39

HarborLocated along the historical and breathtaking San Francisco waterfront, just two blocks East of Fisherman’s Wharf, this lively 45 acre complex is a favorite gathering place for locals and visitors; enjoy many of the deliciously delightful sights, smells and tastes of an old fashioned amusement park with a spectacular view of the colorful 300-berth marina by the bay, the busy Bay Bridge, glorious Golden Gate and ominous Alcatraz, in addition to a front-row seat to wriggling and vocal herds of lounging sea lions stationed on K-Dock. 14 full-service restaurants, most featuring a wide variety of fabulously fresh seafood, and scores of wonderful eateries and snack shacks ensure no one in your travel group goes hungry as you explore this landmark waterfront wonderland! Numbering amongst the 90+ popular attractions here, dozens of wonderfully eclectic locally themed gift shops offer galaxies of mementos of your San Francisco experience; specialty stores like The Fudge Shoppe, Chocolate Heaven, San Francisco Sock Market, The Left Handed Store, The Pearl Factory and Club Tattoo tempt even the die-hard no-souvenir types to duck inside.

Work off a little of that lunchtime splurge with a run up and down artist Remo Saracini’s interactive creation, the magical Musical Stairs; play hide and seek with fellow travelers in Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze or immortalize yourself with a personal cartoon portrait rendered just for you by local talent. The aspiring aerial acrobats amongst you may want to hone their 20 foot backflip skills on Frequent Flyer’s bungee trampoline; those still full of golden, delicious crab cakes and homemade ice cream may want to wander into the fabulous Aquarium of the Bay, or sit it out for a bit and recharge with a turn or two on the twinkling, hand-crafted San Francisco Carousel! Delight in the tide of Pier Promenade activity to the tune of traditional organ music as your painted panda dances and whirls your cares away. Bay tour, charter and ride opportunities abound; hold on for dear life as Rocket Boat blasts you and your group to the Bay Bridge and beyond, or hop aboard 65 foot Kitty Kat and hit the open sea for an exciting and educational whale tour; popular Adventure Cat sailing charters offer those wanting a more personalized view of Bay features relaxing afternoon cruises and legendary sunset sails. Whatever your group’s pleasure, it’s all here at the Pier!

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