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Fisherman's Wharf free

Jefferson Street | San Francisco, CA 94133 | Official website
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  • Type: Neighborhood/Area
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.0)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Food Scene: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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Fisherman's Wharf is so tourist-laden that some travelers might prefer the quieter, more authentic San Francisco attractions to the south (like the Castro or Mission neighborhoods). But if you're looking to explore all of San Francisco — from its alternative underbelly to its mainstream attractions — Fisherman's Wharf really is a must-see. The waterfront neighborhood and tourist attraction houses several popular San Francisco sites, including the PIER 39 shopping center (a great spot to view sunbathing seals) and the Ripley's Believe it or Not! Museum. Fisherman's Wharf is also where you can catch a ferry to nearby Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge isn't too far either.

Many travelers recommend visiting Fisherman's Wharf for a few hours to a half day. According to one TripAdvisor user, Fisherman’s Wharf consists of "old ships, sea air and fresh off the boat delicious seafood."

Fisherman's Wharf is accessible by most public transportation, including the historic F street car.

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