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.
499 Jefferson Street, San Francisco, CA, United States
Nearest Transit: Montgomery St.
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park and Nearby Attractions on Map
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Ruth Asawa Water Fountain(2.6 km)
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GLBT Historical Society(3.1 km)
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Chinatown Alleys(2 km)
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Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory(2 km)
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Chinese Historical Society of America Museum & Learning Center(2 km)
This is well worth a visit, with exhibits on the history and experience of Chinese immigrants to San Francisco over the past 150 years.
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