Pier 39
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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About
From amazing views and a sea of sea lions to chowder bread bowls and California wines, your visit to San Francisco starts at PIER 39. Kick off your visit by exploring two levels of dining, entertainment, shopping and attractions, all surrounded by unbeatable views of the city and the bay. Take it from the world famous sea lions: a visit to San Francisco starts at The PIER.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighborhood: Fisherman’s Wharf
Packed with family-friendly entertainment, quality hotels, and good food, there's something for everyone at Fisherman's Wharf. From street performers and historic cable cars to art galleries and museums, a postcard-worthy photo is available on every corner. Bring your appetite: seafood lovers will be rewarded with Dungeness crab and sourdough bread bowls, while Ghirardelli Square will satiate anyone's sweet tooth after a day at Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Don't forget to say hello to the adorable sea lions that make this neighborhood a true San Francisco treat.
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  • Ray McGuire
    Portimao, Portugal368 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pier 39 Favorite Stop
    We heard about this from brochures and other information and knew we had to stop and see it. As we got off our tour bus and headed down Pier 39 we knew we are getting close could we could smell them. LOL We could also hear them as they were very noisy. We got down to the viewpoint in man there were a lot of them. We took a few snapshots and also a short video to show the folks back home. But definitely recommend this to anybody wanting to see the sea lions up close and also get to see the beautiful Pier 39.
    We are so glad you enjoyed your time with the beloved sea lions at PIER 39! Until your next visit, watch them anytime with the Sea Lion Webcam on our website.
    Written June 10, 2023
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    Visited June 2023
    Written June 6, 2023
  • Jules
    Auckland, New Zealand249 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Touristy but great fun
    Pier 39 is an iconic tourist destination in San Fran, but if you accept that it is designed for tourists and take it at face value, you will have a great time. There is a multitude of restaurants to choose from, lots of shops and a couple of rides (including a huge carousel) for the little kids. There are often street performers too. Great for any time of day but we personally loved it at night with all the pretty lights and the fun atmosphere.
    Thank you for your fantastic review of PIER 39! We appreciate your perspective of accepting it as a tourist destination and enjoying it for what it offers. It's wonderful to hear that you had a great time exploring the multitude of restaurants, shops, and rides available, especially for the little kids. The presence of street performers adds to the lively atmosphere. We're thrilled that you particularly loved the nighttime experience with the beautiful lights and fun atmosphere. Thank you for sharing your positive feedback, and we look forward to welcoming you back to PIER 39 for more memorable moments!
    Written July 6, 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Jo P
    Brough, United Kingdom596 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic Pier
    We visited in the pouring rain so there was no one else around. I'm sure it's normally a busy vibrant place. It was worth visiting just to see the sea lions and it's a must visit if you're in the city
    Visiting PIER 39 in the pouring rain must have provided a unique and peaceful experience with fewer crowds. Typically, it is indeed a bustling and vibrant place. We're glad you found it worth visiting, especially to see the charming sea lions. Thank you for recommending it as a must-visit spot for anyone in the city. Rain or shine, PIER 39 offers its own charm and attractions. We appreciate your feedback and hope you have the opportunity to return and experience it in different weather conditions as well.
    Written July 16, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 16, 2023
  • Czar Emmanuel
    Manila, Philippines9,431 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very touristy, but worth-visiting
    This is San Francisco's famous tourist hubs, with lots of souvenir shops, restaurants, and many more. There are public parking lots in the area, so finding one should not be hard. As to the shops, they sell pretty much the same thing, so check out and compare the prices first before buying whatever you want. Don't forget to see the sea lions that have been visiting SFO bay since 1990 and try the popular clam chowder in a sourdough bowl. 😀
    You've perfectly described PIER 39, San Francisco's famous tourist hub! It offers a wide array of souvenir shops, restaurants, and more. The adorable sea lions are a must-see, and trying the popular clam chowder in a sourdough bowl is a delicious treat! Thank you for sharing these valuable tips, and we hope you have many more enjoyable experiences at PIER 39!
    Written July 31, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Fraser N
    Glasgow, United Kingdom230 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pier 39 Not What I was Expecting
    First Visit to San Francisco and was expecting more from Pier 39! A lot of restaurants and some cheap shops. Not that many restaurants that suited us and all very expensive. Shops tourist stuff and worth a wander but only once! Breeding season for the seals so not many to see on our visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 22, 2023
  • mccdzyne
    Papamoa, New Zealand605 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Over rated
    Was as touristy as I was expecting lotsa flashy op shops selling ticky tacky San Fran souvenirs and clothing spattered with the usual foodie haunts you would expect on a pier in good ole USA. One saving ,maybe two the seals were worth a pic and the mini donuts above average. Gotta admit dud by SF cap , hot sunny day my excuse 😎. Still a stroll along the pier is warranted if just for a peek.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 24, 2023
  • Attila C
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pier 39
    In order to save money on parking, go to pier 39 parking website and book a parking spot for $20 Otherwise it’s 10$ per hour with maximum $50 for the day. Also It’s much safer in the parking garage than on the street. Take advantage of the gocity pass. Depending on how long you stay there are many options to explore San Francisco 😊
    Your tips for visiting PIER 39 and making the most of the experience are incredibly helpful! Thank you for sharing these practical suggestions to enhance the PIER 39 experience while exploring San Francisco!
    Written August 30, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Ann H
    York, United Kingdom2,397 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sealions are a must see
    Pier 39 was not far from our cruise terminal and we had some free time off the ship so decided to have a wander. Two floors of food and drink outlets, shops, entertainment offers something for everyone. The views across the bay are incredible and then the sealions are a must see. You can hear them before you see them - a great experience to see them so close
    It sounds like you had a fantastic time exploring PIER 39! The variety of food, shops, and entertainment options really do cater to all tastes. And the views across the bay and the sea lions are indeed incredible sights to behold. We're delighted you had such a memorable experience during your visit! Thank you for the positive review on TripAdvisor.
    Written September 20, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 20, 2023
  • Anne E
    Salt Lake City, Utah69 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Crowded but fun
    Crowded and overpriced but lots of activities. Magic shop and juggling performances for the kids, tasty craft beers and local seafood for the adults. Lots of sea lions barking and fishing nearby. Brown pelicans flying overhead.
    It's fantastic to hear that you love PIER 39! The fun shops, great aquarium, various trips to enjoy, and delicious food options make it a well-rounded and enjoyable destination. Thanks for sharing your positive feelings about this place!
    Written October 2, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Written October 2, 2023
  • njmomongo
    Maple Shade, New Jersey133 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much to see and do
    You need more than a day; so much to see and do. See the seals, Alcatraz, good food, souvenirs for everyone, great picture spots. Try to get your souvenirs on the side streets or Chinatown, much cheaper than pier 39. You can take a ferry to islands across the bay and Sausalito.
    You're absolutely right, PIER 39 offers so much to explore and enjoy that it can take more than a day to fully appreciate everything it has to offer. From the seals to Alcatraz, delicious food, and souvenirs, there's something for everyone. Your insights are valuable for those planning a visit! Thank you very much.
    Written October 31, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 29, 2023
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kathy4117
Dinwiddie, VA27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Busy, crowded and still worth it. Went 3 times, watched the sea lion antics every time. It is touristy, but the views and food worth it. Or sit and people watch. Lots of families and everyone we met was so polite and friendly.
Written May 13, 2024
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Sounds like you had quite the experience! Despite the crowds, it's great to hear that you found PIER 39 worth visiting multiple times. The sea lion antics are always a highlight, and soaking in the views while enjoying good food sounds like the perfect way to spend time there. Thanks for sharing your positive experience!
Written May 14, 2024
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PipPaul W
Buckfastleigh, UK1,894 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Over busy.
Over crowded.
Over priced, so over priced!
Over smelly.
Over tacky.
Over loud.
Over rated
There are far nicer areas in San Francisco
$7.25 for single scoop ice cream. Over $8.25 fire a small scoop at B&Jerrys, doesn't say a lot for their pricing ethics
Written May 11, 2024
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mini
Fremont, CA200,270 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We did a return trip to Pier 39. We've been there many times. The sea lions was the primary reason for our visit as they are at a 15 year high in the number you can see from the ara.
Written May 5, 2024
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It's great to hear that you enjoyed your return trip to PIER 39! The sea lions are always a fascinating sight, and it's especially spectacular now when the numbers are at an all time high.
Written May 5, 2024
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Nico Samneil Sy Salado
Newport, VT1,877 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
You better get your wallet and card ready here! Lots of capitalism is going to entice you on this place! Only thing free here is the viewing of the sea lions! You also get a closer look of alcatraz here. See images and videoa for further information
Written May 4, 2024
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PIER 39 offers plenty of opportunities for shopping and entertainment. The chance to see sea lions up close and enjoy views of Alcatraz is definitely a highlight! Thanks for sharing your insights.
Written May 4, 2024
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Rustie D
Portland, OR65 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Having gone to SF a long time ago, this visit was extremely disappointing. I probably won't come to this place again. The Maritime Museum was very disappointing. Fisherman's Wharf is so commercialized that it's nothing more than a bunch of restaurants and cheap souvenir shops. How sad it's become.
Written April 29, 2024
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PIER 39 is often mistaken as Fisherman’s Wharf of which we are a part; however, PIER 39 is a separate entity and privately operated. As San Francisco’s #1 attraction, we pride ourselves in offering our guests a great experience. We're sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your visit. Thank you for sharing your opinion.
Written May 1, 2024
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Babs
Appley Bridge, UK218 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
What an amazing place to visit the highlight are definitely the sea lions which are a delight to watch at the playful antics they get up to
The pier itself is host to wonderful eateries and fancy goods shops
Street performers entertain the crowds
Great atmosphere
Written April 27, 2024
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It sounds like you had a fantastic time at PIER 39! The sea lions are indeed a highlight, and it's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed the variety of eateries, shops, and street performers. The atmosphere must have been lively and vibrant. Thanks for sharing your experience!
Written April 27, 2024
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MasterTaster
San Francisco, CA41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
We love visiting Fisherman’s Wharf since it is one of our favorite places to visit in San Francisco. We love walking around the Wharf and having lunch or dinner in one of the restaurants and ice cream in the ice cream shop and watching the sea lions. We have lived in San Francisco Bay Area for over 36 years and can never get tired of visiting Fisherman’s Wharf. It is a very special place and we love to take our guests visiting from overseas there to enjoy this wonderful location and create memories of San Francisco!!
Written April 2, 2024
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pbxl1
brussels874 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
One of the best places in san francisco if you want some entertainment and nice eateries and restaurants. Different things to see and to enjoy. Outside you can admire the sea lions having their break...
Written March 27, 2024
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Patty Kanyaporn
390 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Visit the colony of California sea lions that lounge on the docks. Prime viewing season is from late July to mid-May when you can expect to see hundreds of these playful marine mammals.

A fun and lively spot for all ages, Pier 39 features a festive atmosphere with shops, restaurants, and street performers lining the wooden walkway. Enjoy the views of Alcatraz Island, the Golden Gate Bridge (visible on clear days), and the bustling harbor.
Written March 25, 2024
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Thank you for highlighting the attractions at PIER 39! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed observing the colony of California sea lions and soaking in the festive atmosphere with shops, restaurants, and street performers. The views of Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge truly add to the charm of the experience. We appreciate your visit and hope to welcome you back soon for more memorable moments!
Written March 26, 2024
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AMohsen
Port Said, Egypt486 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
The whole location, the whole coastal way is quite charming, and that pier is the most popular and full of tourists to hang out and watch a herd of seals and sea lions residing there. It should be on the top priority list.
Written March 15, 2024
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Thank you for your review of PIER 39! We're delighted to hear that you found the coastal area charming and enjoyed watching the seals and sea lions at our pier. We strive to provide a memorable experience for all our visitors, and we're glad to hear that you had a positive time. We hope to welcome you back again soon!
Written March 16, 2024
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