Pier 39

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This waterfront attraction offers thrilling rides, innovative street performers and colorful souvenir shops, but it’s the sea lions that win the day.

Belching, barking and back scratching are hardly the stuff that tourist dreams are made of, unless you’re talking about the colonies of sea lions that bask in the sun and play on their floating docks at Pier 39.

The sea lions have called the pier home since 1989, shortly after the San Francisco Loma Prieta earthquake. Marine biologists believe the animals reside here because there is plenty of food in the bay and their natural predators (white sharks and orcas) don’t hunt here. Their numbers fluctuate during the year, and they’re typically absent in the summer months when they venture south to breed and give birth. But you may be lucky enough to see hundreds of these playful critters in November 2009 a record 1,701 were counted!

There’s a wide variety of sea life on display at the nearby Aquarium of the Bay. Walk through two clear tunnels and see marine species native to San Francisco, including rays, sharks and octopi, swimming right above you.

Pier 39 is a two-level complex of shopping, sideshows, entertainment, dining, rides and attractions that can keep you busy for an afternoon or an entire day. If you need some down-time, step aboard the "Neptune" for a 90-minute wine tasting cruise on the bay. Or, just settle back on a bench and check out the terrific views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge, Alcatraz, Angel Island and the city skyline.

Pier 39 is immediately adjacent to Fisherman's Wharf at the northern end of the Embarcadero. It is accessible on foot and is also serviced by cable cars which run up and down the Embarcadero and also to downtown.

Top Hotels Close to Pier 39

Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA, 94133
The price is $139 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 13
$139
per night
Dec 12 - Dec 13
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (4,173 reviews)
"Beautiful Hotel. Friendly staff. Clean"

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2022

Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Caza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Caza Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
1300 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94133
The price is $149 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 13
$149
per night
Dec 12 - Dec 13
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy breakfast, WiFi, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (2,035 reviews)
"People who worked there were great. The game room was an added bonus. It was close to the wharf, a small park and great places to eat."

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2022

Hotel Caza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Zephyr San Francisco
Hotel Zephyr San Francisco
4 out of 5
250 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA, 94133
The price is $149 per night from Dec 25 to Dec 26
$149
per night
Dec 25 - Dec 26
Stay at this 4-star boutique hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy WiFi, valet parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the family ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,006 reviews)
Trendy and touristy.
"This hotel is trendy, chic, and right in the middle of everything touristy. Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf are right across the street. You can't beat that."

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2022

Hotel Zephyr San Francisco
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Hotel Zoe Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Zoe Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
425 North Point, San Francisco, CA, 94133
Hotel Zoe Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA, 94133
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Caza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Caza Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
1300 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94133
Hotel Caza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Zephyr San Francisco
Hotel Zephyr San Francisco
4 out of 5
250 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA, 94133
Hotel Zephyr San Francisco
Handlery Union Square Hotel
Handlery Union Square Hotel
3.5 out of 5
351 Geary St, San Francisco, CA, 94102
Handlery Union Square Hotel
Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fisherman's Wharf, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fisherman's Wharf, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
550 N Point St, San Francisco, CA, 94133
Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fisherman's Wharf, an IHG Hotel
Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco
Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco
4 out of 5
555 N Point St, San Francisco, CA, 94133
Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco
Kimpton Alton Hotel - Fisherman's Wharf, an IHG Hotel
Kimpton Alton Hotel - Fisherman's Wharf, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
2700 JONES STREET, San Francisco, CA, 94133
Kimpton Alton Hotel - Fisherman's Wharf, an IHG Hotel
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
4.5 out of 5
335 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.