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- 98%Family Travelers
- 80%Local Culture
- 71%Budget Travelers
- 70%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 62%History Buffs
- 58%Adventure Travelers
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- Pier 39Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Oct 17, 2013
The seals are gone! It kind of makes me sad since there were a highlight of tourist filled Pier 39. There are lots of seafood options whether you want a shrimp po boy, clam chowder, etc. Nearby Pier 39 is the famous man who will scare random strangers for money. It sounds unfathomable, but you won't take your eyes off of him.Recommended for:
- Pier 39Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Oct 15, 2013
I can hang out here for hours watching the sea lions. You meet people from all over the world, and everyone is in a good mood and relaxed, just hanging back and watching these great animals. One time I watched a seagull "playing" with a tennis ball on one of the rafts. I think it was trying to crack it open. Anyway, it would dribble the ball. The ball would roll off the raft into the water. The gull would retrieve it and start all over again. Fascinating place.Recommended for:
- Pier 39Sep 13, 2013
One of the places I always love returning to when I visit SF, Pier 39 always has something going on. There are arcades and a carousel for children, a small farmer's market of sorts, restaurants a plenty, and lots of cute retailers for you to pick up a nice souvenir. If you walk towards the end of the pier, you'll also be able to find the spot where people watch all the sea lions that have gathered on floating platforms just off the pier.Recommended for:
- Pier 39Sep 13, 2013
The Pier 39 was first entirely dedicated to boats, but some day, a few years ago, seals started to take over the pier and gently roll around the area. There were a few damages, but the locals decided not to be aggressive with the wildlife, so they decided to reserve the place for the seals and moved the boats a little farther away. Nowadays Pier 39 became a tourist attraction and seals can still happily roll in the sun. Very close to Pier 39, there is a shopping pier where you can find small stores, restaurants and coffee shops. It is really a nice place to go, with family, children and friends.Recommended for:
- Pier 39Sep 13, 2013
Fun for entire family, great restaurants, fresh crab and lobster, French bread is outstanding. There are also rides, street performers and great shopping. You can walk to Pier 39, it is about a 25 minute walk or a short cab ride.Recommended for:
- Pier 39Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Sep 08, 2013
death trap or tourist trap?
just something about that wood construction doesn't sit well with me. and all those Alcatraz or sf sweaters....bleh
I generally only go here because of tourists that I have to show around town or for the donuts. they got trish's mini donuts...hmmmmm
I would say go to Boudins but hey...you're here...get some of the local stuff. you can get boudins anywhere.
what else is pretty cool there?
you love those noisy hot dog looking things right? they got those seals over there in the corner and can't forget that romantic view of Alcatraz.
other than that minus 2 stars because they turned me away when I was walking there.
in the middle of the night...
- Pier 39Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 3Sep 01, 2013
Parking can be difficult in this area. Recommend to park within the nearby residential areas (meters accept credit card). Come on a sunny day as the winds could be frigid from the Bay.Recommended for:
- Pier 39Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersFoodiesAug 10, 2013
Pier 39 is a must see in town. Anybody visiting for the first time San Francisco would visit it. The entertainment is assured as those calm big lions rest peacefully on the pier under the sun and sometimes rise an arm, as to greet. Funny, absolutely.
- Pier 39Community ManagerAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 4Aug 09, 2013
I'm one of the few locals in the city still in love with Pier 39. Maybe it's because of my memories of being here as a child, or the fact that I (aside from my time spent here) grew up in Hawaii where tourists were an everyday occurrence.
Regardless, Pier 39 still holds great fascination for me. The shops seem to always change, the sea lions are still barking and the views of the Bay are unparalleled.
The downside of being in a tourist area is that prices are almost always inflated. It's difficult to find an affordable place to eat here that isn't a donut or ice cream shop, though I suppose living vicariously through tourists is all the sustenance I need.Recommended for:
- Pier 39Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Jun 20, 2013
Must see, but a bit underwhelming. First came in 1986 and have had the same reaction every time I've been there since (about twice a decade): touristy, overrated, but holds a certain fascination. It's like going to NYC without going to Fifth Avenue. You might be better for it, but you'll still feel you missed something.
- Pier 39Apr 25, 2013
Pier 39 is a shopping center and popular tourist attraction built on a pier in San Francisco, California. At Pier 39, there are shops, restaurants, a video arcade, street performances, an interpretive center for the Marine Mammal Center, the Aquarium of the Bay, virtual 3D rides, and views of California sea lions hauled out on docks on Pier 39's marina