Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour (Self Guided), San Francisco

Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood is home to world-class entertainment opportunities in San Francisco. The historic tourist attractions make the area a popular place to visit. Fisherman's Wharf is an important center of the city's historic fishing industry. Take this walking tour to explore the most visited sights in Fisherman's Wharf.
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Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » San Francisco (See other walking tours in San Francisco)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
Author: doris
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Aquarium of the Bay
  • Theatre 39
  • Boudin Museum & Bakery
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum
  • Musée Mecanique
  • Anchorage Square
  • Maritime Museum
Aquarium of the Bay

1) Aquarium of the Bay (must see)

Spread across 9000 square feet, the Aquarium of the Bay is a fun visit for people of all ages. The Aquarium of the Bay is dedicated to providing its viewers an insight into the aquatic life within the San Francisco Bay and its neighboring waters. The mission of the Aquarium is to educate and raise awareness amongst its visitors about marine life and inspire people to conserve the aquatic wildlife.

An Aquarium like no other in the world, here you get to touch, feel and see the world that exists under water. Without actually getting wet, see the life underwater and experience what it takes and feels to be a deep sea diver. The aquarium boasts of a collection of over 50 different species of sharks, which roughly estimated, comes up to about 20,000 sharks! Apart from this, the aquarium has a wide variety of marine wildlife like bat rays, skates, octopi, eels, flatfish, stingray, Wrasse, Gobies, Kelpfish, Pricklebacks, Ronquil, Sculpin, Sturgeons, Garibaldi etc.

The Aquarium visit is sectioned into three parts; first where you get to a watch thousands of fish in satellite tanks, second you get to experience and watch the myriad life of the ocean from a scuba divers point of view and the third where you can feed and touch the slimy, squishy creatures.

The aquarium has fun visitor programs like tide pool feeding, bat ray feeding, touching starfish and other such one-of-a-kind experiences.

Why You Should Visit:
Cool little aquarium with a pleasing emphasis on the environment and sustainability. Huge underwater tunnels with a large variety of fish to see.

Pay the extra to do the behind the scenes tour (available only on certain days) where you literally walk above the tanks and the people that are walking through the aquarium.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-8pm
Theatre 39

2) Theatre 39

Located in the Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood, Theater 39 has opened its doors in 2005. It is an intimate showcase located at San Francisco's Pier 39, above the Hard Rock Café. This prominent theater features numerous shows, from Broadway to off-Broadway.
Boudin Museum & Bakery

3) Boudin Museum & Bakery

At the Boudin Museum and Bakery you are welcomed into the rich history of the ‘sourdough bread’, the delicious French loaf that the immigrants brought along with them. At times, the sourdough bread is also referred to as the ‘Original San Francisco Sourdough French Bread’.

The Boudin bakery was established at the time when San Francisco became a magnet for gold seekers. The Bakery is said to have been established in 1849 by Isidore Boudin, an immigrant in San Francisco. Coming from a family of French bakers, the Boudins concocted a unique recipe where they combined the much loved sour tinge in the bread with their French baking techniques, a resultant of which is what San Franciscans proudly call the Sourdough bread, the taste mark of their city.

With bread that has not changed much since it was first concocted, generations of San Franciscans have vouched for the consistency in its taste. The secret is believed to be - the mother dough that has been maintained ever since the first bread was made. A portion of the mother dough is mixed to create a new loaf and the stock is then replenished.

Learn in depth about the history and influence the bread has had along the years through a self-guided tour of the Boudin Museum. The Museum also boasts of a ceiling to floor glass window where viewers can watch the baking in action.

Operation hours: Daily 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum

4) Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum (must see)

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum is a two-floor complex of 11 galleries and more than 300 strange yet wonderful exhibits. All collections depict strange people and odd animals, tribal artifacts collected from around the globe, weird and wacky art, etc.

Why You Should Visit:
If you have a couple of hours and are looking to do an inside activity, this is a fun place! Package deals are economical.

While visiting, be sure to check out the Niagara Theatre exhibit which showcases individuals who challenged the falls.
And be sure to take a stroll through the museum's cemetery to check out the humourous gravestone engravings.

Opening Hours:
Sun: 9am-11pm; Mon-Thu: 10am-11pm; Fri: 10am-12am; Sat: 9am-12am
Musée Mecanique

5) Musée Mecanique (must see)

In today’s day and age, with attention to detail, the world of video games is getting more complex and has significantly progressed from where it started. The world of arcade games also has come a long way but many from the older generation will argue that the games back then had a different appeal to them. Today, there are very few places that offer the experience of these vintage arcades that were the highlight of their time. One such place left in San Francisco is the Musée Mecanique.

Open since 1933, the Musée Mecanique has the most extensive collection of antique arcade games and toys in the world. Some of the games are over a century old and the best part- they are still functioning. A perfect place for the young and old, the Musée Mecanique is one place where older generations can actually play and enjoy games that were once a part of their childhood.

The Musée Mecanique is also regarded as one of the world's largest privately owned coin-operated toy and arcade collection and has been run by the family ever since its conception. The Musée is currently located at Pier 45 in the Fisherman's Wharf tourist area. So go ahead and spend a few quarters at the Orchestrion, or the different types of automated antique pianos and the Laffing Sal, there is something for every age at Musée Mecanique.

Why You Should Visit:
A quirky place full of old game machines and oddities, fun to view for free. Yes, they have a fortune teller and many other interesting machines.

Highly recommended as a date-night spot, or as a place to bring the family.

Operation Hours:
Mon-Fri: 10am-7pm; Sat-Sun: 10am-8pm; Holidays: 10am-8pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Anchorage Square

6) Anchorage Square

Anchorage Square offers over 35 places for entertainment, recreation, shopping, dining, combined to bring you an unforgettable experience. It is located in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf. Anchorage Square has something to offer for everyone: families, kids, singles, and seniors alike.
Maritime Museum

7) Maritime Museum

Standing in the neighbourhood of the Fisherman’s Wharf, you can get to watch, smell and feel the tales of the Pacific coast at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, house of the Maritime Museum. Hear the stories of the seas and oceans from ships that have lived to tell the tale.

The present day building of the Maritime Museum, built by architect William Mooser Jr. and William Mooser III, is a brilliant construction that mirrors the structure of an ocean liner. Completed in 1939, under the joint project of Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the City of San Francisco, the building is filled with murals that were created during the 1930s. The vibrant hues and dreamy art on the interior walls cannot be missed, if you visit the Museum. The structure was said to be built as a bathhouse but today, houses historical artefacts from the naval world.

On the first floor, the Museum illustrates the progression of seafaring from the age of wind to steam. The second floor transports you to early San Francisco where you can see whaling guns, scrimshaw, lithographic stones and photo murals.

A great place for ship and naval enthusiasts, the Maritime Museum is an all-in-one place where one can get enthralled by the maritime history of the world.

Operation hours: daily 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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