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Pier 39

Beach Street & The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94133
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  • Pier 39Community ManagerAmbassadorPro 2014
    Audrey Lo "@GogobotAudrey"
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    4 Oct 17, 2013

    Great place to take a date or family. Lots to sea and do. The clam chowder is amazing here as well!!

    Recommended for:Family Travelers
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    Frances Nguyen
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    3 Oct 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.

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    Barbara Kossy
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    5 Oct 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.

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    Jani F
    3 Sep 13, 2013

    the Pier 39 Carousel is wonderful to ride if you have kids. Also, stop by and see the 100's of seals on the other side.

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    Todd Waldorf
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    4 Sep 13, 2013

    How can you not see this pier (especially if you have kids). The kids like watching the sea lions. And the views of the bay, bridge, Alcatraz are very nice.

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    Makamae Kahawai
    5 Sep 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.

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    Snave Legrev
    3 Sep 13, 2013

    If you're looking for that tourist experience. This is that place. Lots of shops and treats for the kids. They can be as loud as they want. Plan for 2 hours max to brisk through this place.

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    Flavia S. M. Baker
    4 Sep 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.

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    John L
    5 Sep 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.

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    Mike Fujimori
    3 Sep 13, 2013

    It is an interesting sight for those visiting from non coastal region, but it is smelly and noisy. Kids will love it!

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  • Pier 39
    JohnMichael
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    3 Sep 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.
    Hawtness!

    other than that minus 2 stars because they turned me away when I was walking there.
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    in the middle of the night...
    bastards
    ;P

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    Eduardo Sasso
    5 Sep 04, 2013

    This is the perfect place for a first timer in San Francisco. Lots of nice restaurants and places to walk around in a sunny day.

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    Veeral Shah
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    4 Sep 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.

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    Manuela Nadin
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    3 Aug 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.

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  • Pier 39Community ManagerAmbassadorPro 2014
    Keane
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    4 Aug 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.

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  • Pier 39Pro 2014
    D'Maris Coffman
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    3 Jun 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.

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    Caroline Darmanto
    5 Jun 14, 2013

    It's almost always cold and windy here! Come and visit whenever you're in SF, though. This place has lots of restaurants. This place is always so packed with tourists though. Dont forget to check out the sea lions, too!

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  • Pier 39
    James H
    2 May 27, 2013

    Love the sea lions but otherwise is too touristy for my tastes. This is also a great place to rent a sailboat or yacht. There is a booth on the pier where you can find the right boat for you.

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    Barbara Britschgi
    3 May 27, 2013

    if you run out of places to go and things to do,be sure to come down to PIER 39,and just stroll and visit the stores,,,the scenery is nice from here,,,take a long walk all the walkway,very picturesque

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  • Pier 39
    Dede Tisone
    5 Apr 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

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In 1989 dozens of pugnacious pinnipeds commandeered “K” dock at Pier 39 and have refused to leave. The marine mammals, which now number over 1,000, may have left some sailors harbor-less but they’ve become one of San Francisco’s most adorable attractions. Peir 39 is a free shopping and dining arcade so there is no charge to visit and you can do so any time of the day. A representative from the ... read more
Marine Mammal Center is often on hand to answer questions like, “Why are they here?”. They’ll probably tell you that nobody knows exactly why the California sea lions chose these docks or why they showed up so suddenly; theories include a correlation with the Loma Prieta earthquake or changes in their food supply.

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