Pier 39

Pier 39, San Francisco, California

Pier 39 is one of the most notable attractions throughout San Francisco, California. Throughout the year, various events take place. You can also visit seven days a week in order to enjoy the scenic views as well as dine in the many restaurants.

What You Will See When you stand on the pier, you will be able to see all sorts of different things. This includes sea lions in the water, who will put on a show for you at any time of the day or night. You will be able to stand on the pier for hours to people watch and take in all of the incredible sights.

Alcatraz Island. This is no longer a working prison, though tours are still available. You can take a ferry to the island and visit the cell house. There are tours during the day and at night. It's always a good idea to get your tickets up to 90 days ahead of when you want to visit. Adult tickets for the day are $45.25 and the night tour tickets are $52.25.

The Golden Gate Bridge. When you stand on the pier, you can see the bridge in the distance, which is definitely iconic of San Francisco. If you want to get an even better view, the best thing to do is to go to the Overlook, which is located off of Lincoln Boulevard. You can find details here.

You won't want to miss out on the other attractions at Pier 39, too:

  • 7D Experience
  • Magowan's Infinite Mirror Maze
  • Musical Stairs
  • San Francisco Carousel
  • Sea Lion Center

Even if you don't participate in any of the paid activities, you can enjoy all of the sights and sounds. Plus, there is a lot of shopping to be found on and around Pier 39. Plenty of specialty shops will allow you to walk into one-of-a-kind stores to bring home a souvenir of your time here.

Restaurants While you are at the pier, you may want to enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The following restaurants are located directly on the pier:
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
  • Chart House
  • Crab House
  • Eagle Cafe
  • Fog Harbor Fish House
  • Hana Zen Japanese Grill
  • Hard Rock Cafe
  • Mango's Taqueria
  • Luigi's Pizzeria

A resource for all of the dining is found here. You can also find plenty of carts and counter restaurants if you don't want to make a big deal out of a meal.

Special Events Special events take place on the pier all the time throughout the year. This includes periodic live music as well as an array of events that occur each and every year. There are a few you may want to mark on your calendar:

  • Tulipmania
  • Chinese New Year
  • Spring Fireworks
  • Fleet Week Celebration
  • Sea Lion Anniversary

You can find out about all of the special events here.

What's Nearby Although there is plenty to see and do on Pier 39 to keep you busy for a full day, there are a few notable attractions nearby that you may want to see.

  • Madame Tussauds
  • Golden Gate Park
  • Union Square
  • Ghiradelli Square
  • Japanese Tea Garden

There's enough to do throughout San Francisco that you can stay busy for days on end. Taste chocolate, view wax statues, and soak up the culture of the area.

Getting Around You will be able to do a lot of the sightseeing simply by walking around, especially if you are going to stay in the main area around the pier. However, you may also want to consider the cable cars. There are full routes and maps available on the San Francisco Cable Car website, which will also tell you the fare options.