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San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, San Francisco

The park consists of the Hyde St Pier and the fleet of historic ships moored there, the Maritime Museum, Aquatic Park, and the Municipal Pier.

The park consists of the Hyde St Pier and the fleet of historic ships moored there, the Maritime Museum, Aquatic Park, and the Municipal Pier. Six major ships are on display on the Hyde St Pier, including the Balclutha - an 1886 steel-hulled square rigged sailing ship, Eureka - an 1890 steam ferryboat (which also has an exhibit of antique cars on board), C.A. Thayer - an 1895 lumber schooner, and Hercules - a 1907 steam tug. Shaped like a ship, the historic Maritime Museum building was originally built by the WPA as a bathhouse and served as the Maritime Museum for many years before a recent renovation. The maritime exhibits have been moved to storage and the Visitor Center, but you can enter and view the beautiful underwater-themed murals. The Aquatic Park was once part of Fort Mason but is now a complex for museums and artisans, and a great place to take a break from the bustle of Fisherman's Wharf. There is a small beach at the foot of the park where you'll see kayakers, kite fliers, swimmers from the nearby Polar Bear Club, and even rock sculptors at work. At the end of the park is Municipal Pier ? the closest you can get to Alcatraz on foot or bike. After dark it can be a bit desolate.


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About San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

 499 Jefferson Street, San Francisco, CA, United States

 +1 415-447-5000

 www.nps.gov

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park and Nearby Sights on Map

Ghirardelli Square

It was officially declared a city landmark in 1965, and today it's still possible to view the remnants of the old chocolate-making machinery there

Fish Alley

Don't forget to go and see the real fishing boats at what?s known as Fish Alley ? after all it is 'Fisherman's Wharf'

The Cannery

Built in 1907 with its award-winning architecture, the Cannery overlooks San Francisco Bay and once upon a time was the largest peach cannery in the world

Fisherman's Wharf

Originally the home base of San Francisco's fishing fleet, Fisherman's Wharf today is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city

Francisco Street

This block contains twelve spectacular mansions in a variety of styles

The Long Now Foundation Museum

The Long Now foundation was established to foster a better understanding of a 'slower/better' mind set ? as opposed to 'faster/cheaper' one

Museo ItaloAmericano

Hosts photo exhibits and the work of modern Italian artists

Filbert Steps

The Filbert Steps are the part of Filbert Street that runs between Battery Street and Telegraph Hill Boulevard in North Beach

Filbert Street

This is one of the very steepest streets in the entire Western Hemisphere

USS Pampanito Submarine

This is a National Historic Landmark ? an authentic WWII submarine with many original artifacts on display