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things to do at fishermans wharf san francisco

A Truly Unique Hotel, Just Minutes
from Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf reflects the vibrant culture of San Francisco, making it a must-see destination when visiting the city. While the docks, piers, and waterfront views are spectacular, Fisherman’s Wharf is so much more than that! While there, you can stroll through shops, watch the sea lions, eat the freshest seafood, taste some wine, visit the aquarium, charter a boat, take in live music, or just relax with those waterfront views. The possibilities are endless - and it's all just a mile and a half from Holiday Inn Golden Gateway!

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Fisherman's Wharf Park Accommodations

After an exciting day of sightseeing, shopping, and fun at Fisherman's Wharf, unwind at Holiday Inn Golden Gateway. Just a quick, ten minute drive from the wharf, our modern, full-service hotel features plush accommodations, a rooftop pool, and stunning San Francisco views from every single room!

  • Luxury Triple Sheeted Bedding
  • Great Views from Each Room
  • Free WiFi
  • Mini-Fridge
  • Work Desk & Ergonomic Chair
  • Blackout Shades
  • Connecting Rooms (Upon Request)
  • Rollaway Beds & Cribs (Upon Request)

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Getting to Fisherman's Wharf

Just a 10-Minute Drive from the Hotel

If you have a car, getting to Fisherman’s Wharf is easy. It’s less than two miles away and will take you around ten minutes, depending on traffic. Once there, you have plenty of parking garages and street parking to choose from.

If you prefer to take the MUNI, get on the #47 (Van Ness Ave. & Sutter St.) and get off right at Fisherman’s Wharf (North Point St. & Jones St.). The trip takes about 20 minutes and costs $2.75. We recommend downloading the MuniMobile app. You can purchase tickets right from the app; otherwise, you’ll need exact change.

Distance to the Wharf: 1.6 Miles
Drive Time: 10 Minutes Without Traffic
Wharf Parking: Metered Street Parking and Paid Garages
Hotel Parking: $40.00 per Day, Plus Tax
Rideshare Fare: $7.00 to $10.00
MUNI Fare: $2.75

Things to Do at Fisherman's Wharf

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Because the wharf is large and offers adventures on multiple piers, we’ve narrowed down the options for you. Here’s a list of our favorite spots on Fisherman's Wharf!

Pier 39

With over 60 specialty stores on Pier 39, the shopper in your group will love stocking up on gourmet food items, hand-crafted jewelry, local art pieces, and fun souvenirs. But shopping is just one of the things you can do at Pier 39.

You can also say hello to the sea lions. They’ve taken up permanent residence on the docks with as many as 900 lazing in the sun at one time.

Beach St & The Embarcadero

Ghirardelli Square

Ghirardelli Square is the perfect place to stroll around and take in the charming atmosphere of a revitalized San Francisco landmark. From the square, you can see the breathtaking beauty of San Francisco Bay, while also admiring Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance.

The square is home to upscale and unique boutiques and retail shops, as well as three Ghirardelli chocolate cafes. If you’d rather have wine than chocolate (but why not both?), check out Wattle Creek Winery, where you can sample reds and whites from Sonoma, Napa, and France.

900 North Point Street

Aquarium of the Bay

Aquarium of the Bay keeps it local by featuring the marine life of San Francisco Bay. You’ll see moon jellies, native sharks, bat rays, sea turtles, and river otters. With 300 feet of crystal-clear tunnels to walk through, you’ll get up close and personal with your favorite ocean animals, making it the perfect stop for the whole family.

If shopping and marine life aren’t your thing, don’t worry! There’s still plenty to do. Take in a street show or eat at one of the many seafood restaurants located on the pier.

Pier 39, Embarcadero & Beach St

Seafood on Fisherman’s Wharf

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Speaking of the sea, here are a few of our Fisherman’s Wharf seafood favorites!

Boudin at the Wharf

San Francisco is famous for sourdough and seafood, so why not combine the two? At Boudin, you can watch the bakers make your bread bowl before serving it up with a ladle-full of the best clam chowder around. It’s a true San Francisco experience, and we highly recommend it!

Pier 39

Fog Harbor Fish House

At Fog Harbor Fish House, all the seafood offerings are sustainable and locally sourced (of course!). They have the freshest oysters and the tastiest cioppino—and a stellar view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Pier 39

The Codmother Fish and Chips

Featuring traditional British fare, the Codmother is a local spot known for its classic fish and chips, which are perfectly battered and fried. Grab a quick lunch or casual dinner, but don’t forget dessert! Their fried Oreos are worth the trip!

496 Beach Street


Tucked away on its own pier, this elegant landmark restaurant features a prix fixe menu and ambiance-filled bar. "Pier to plate" is Scoma’s specialty, so order the shellfish sauté or Dungeness crab. And make sure to take in the gorgeous view! Reservations recommended.

1965 Al Scoma Way, Pier 47

Events at Fisherman's Wharf

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While you can see street performers, live music, and even jugglers and comedians just about any time of day on Fisherman’s Wharf, you won’t want to miss some of the amazing events held on the wharf.

Annual Crab Feed

If seafood’s your thing, you don’t want to miss this delicious event held every February. Located on the docked Hornblower's San Francisco Belle, the Fisherman's Wharf Merchants Association Annual Crab Feed offers piles of all-you-can-eat crab with all the trimmings. Don’t forget to put on your bib!

Fleet Week

During Fleet Week, the Bay Area pays tribute to the men and women of our nation’s Armed Forces. The event offers several spectacles, including a parade of ships, military displays and a grand air show featuring the Blue Angels. It’s held in October every year, so if you’re in town, you have to check it out!

Lighted Boat Parade

This December tradition features boats decked out and lit up for the holidays. The parade starts just off Pier 39 and makes its way west past Fisherman’s Wharf. The festive spirit isn’t reserved for the boats—restaurants on the wharf feature special holiday menus to commemorate the occasion.

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