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- 98%Family Travelers
- 78%Local Culture
- 70%Budget Travelers
- 69%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 63%History Buffs
- 58%Adventure Travelers
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- Pier 39Member ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodiesFeb 24, 2013
Each time I walk down to Fisherman's Wharf I'm always amazed at the sea lions hanging out on the docks. The number seems to get smaller each time, but it's still a delight to watch them play, sleep and bark in the middle of a major US city. The shopping and restaurants nearby make this a good place to spend a day.
- Pier 39Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Feb 11, 2013
I love the sea lions here! There's a lot of other stuff going on here, like shops, restaurants, tours, and views of Alcatraz, but the best part is the talkative and playful sea lions!
- Pier 39Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Jan 03, 2013
Except for the sea lions, I try to avoid Pier 39 at all costs. For my taste, this place is just too crowded, too touristy, and not all that interesting. All it took was a single short visit when I first moved here in the 1980s and I had checked that box and moved on.
Yet time and time again, this is one of the place that my out-of-town guests want to come (followed by more time at Fisherman's Wharf). But I am a good host, so Pier 39 (including the Aquarium and food) it is. However if I'm lucky, I'll get them on a boat to Alcatraz and then persuade them to walk the other way along the Embarcadero and try out the Ferry Building and maybe even a Giant's game.
I too was a starry-eyed Midwest teen that visited San Francisco (with flowers in my hair). Yet I was lucky that my parents focused on Chinatown, North Beach, the Cable Car ride down Hyde, and a walk that mysteriously avoided this area. I guess Mom and Dad felt the same way.
- Pier 39Dec 08, 2012
If you are easily amused, as I am, you will absolutely love this quirky little attraction! Yea, most of them are just laying there dead to the world, but occasionally they get into little quarrels with each other. A great, free sight to see while in town and really the only reason to go to the pier.
- Pier 39Nov 19, 2012
A must see when visiting the SF wharf area. The number of Sea Lions that hang out there has recently dwindled a bit, but there are still enough to see them up close and observe their behavior in small groups. A lot of fun, if you don't mind the odor!
- Pier 39Member ofLocal CultureFamily TravelersFoodiesOct 17, 2012
I don't know if it's because I'm from San Diego so I've been to so many piers that this place didn't fascinate me. There are a lot of shops and restaurants here but we didn't spend that much time here. If you go upstairs though, you can see some seals in a more secluded part of the top.
- Pier 39Oct 08, 2012
This is the main attraction at Pier 39. Otherwise, I would avoid the whole area. Fun trip is to take the cable cars down to here, see the sea lions, and then walk up the Filbert street steps to Coit Tower and mosey on down through North Beach for a fun, long loop.
- Pier 39Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersFoodiesSep 14, 2012
I wouldn't make a trip to see the sea lions, but if I'm already at Fisherman's Wharf I stop by to visit the collection of loud and smelly loiterers hauled out on platforms provided just for them. When I was there in 2011, there weren't many sea lions. I had heard that they have mysteriously disappeared.
- Pier 39Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Sep 18, 2013
Oik oik oik oik oik! That's all you'll hear for about a block away from the sea lions at Pier 39. The amount of sea lions that are on the platforms changes with the season. I've been here where every platform was taken and then I've been here when there were only a dozen or so sea lions. They're fun creatures to watch. They'll mostly be asleep, but you'll see the occasional fight break out.
- Pier 39Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 3Aug 04, 2012
Ehhh. Disliked in its planning stages, and barely tolerated now by locals. I used to patronize a few restaurants within Pier 39 but I can't remember the last time I ate there. Between the street performers with blaring boom boxes and aggressive tour operators, the number of hucksters almost equals the number of clueless tourists. Now that the sea lions have gone off to better feeding grounds, they lost their biggest ambassadors!
- Pier 39Member ofLocal CultureFoodiesWellness+ 2Jul 29, 2012
Definitely more fun than I expected it was going to be - even if it was just for the glimpse of sea lions sunning themselves next door. A tourist trap for sure, but sitting on the end of the pier eating salt water taffy and looking over at the Golden Gate isn't a bad way to spend a few minutes of your afternoon.
- Pier 39Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesAdventure TravelersJul 05, 2012
i live in SF. not to rain on anyone's parade but nobody who lives in SF ever goes to pier 39. it is not the real SF. its just for tourists. if you come to visit make sure you venture outside of there.