A Guide To Pier 39, San Francisco

Pier 39 is the most famous of San Francisco’s piers. It is also one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. Here is our guide to making the most of the fabulous activities Pier 39 has to offer.

Catch a Glimpse of Alcatraz

Pier 39 is a great place to view the infamous Alcatraz prison on a rock off the coast. You can also get a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Visit the Sea Lions

Years ago, a herd of sea lion appeared next to the pier. Now, visitors are welcome to come and take a look at the herd of sea lions that reside here now.

The Aquarium of the Bay

The Aquarium of the Bay is a fabulous place to catch an array of marine life. Highlights include giant manta rays and the glass arch where you will catch shark swimming over your head.

Watch a Busker

There is plenty of free entertainment on Pier 39, including a host of live shows and buskers who brighten visitors day with their live entertainment.

The 7D Experience

Although temporarily closed, the 7D Experience is a 3D cinema complete with moving chairs, gusts of wind, and laser guns so you can shoot the bad guys.