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Fun Down by the Bay

Luxury Hotel in Fisherman's Wharf

Discover Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco

A visit to Fisherman's Wharf is at the top of everyone's list on a trip to San Francisco, and for good reason, so many of our city's top sites are here. From whimsical shops to esteemed restaurants to activities that are fun for the whole family, this area has something for everyone (truly). Amaze little ones with ice cream fountains and over-the-top chocolate sundaes at Ghirardelli Square, then run off all that sugar on the various piers around, like Pier 39 or Aquatic Park Pier. Check out our recommendations for additional family-friendly activities nearby.

So Many Things to Do in Fisherman's Wharf

Speaking of Pier 39, those famous sea lions hang out here so make sure you wave hello. Bring spare change to Musée Mécanique, where more than 300 antique arcade games from the early days of Fisherman's Wharf, await. Then check out Northern California's marine life at the Aquarium of the Bay, or pose with your favorite celebrity at Madame Tussauds ( discounted tickets here ). Join a historic walking tour to dig into the history of the area (and help digest all those delicious eats). Take in a street performer showcase along the waterfront. Grab one of our bikes to explore on two wheels. We're lucky that Fisherman's Wharf is located just outside our door with the main hub only 0.1 miles away, a mere two-minute walk from our hotel.


Is Fisherman's Wharf a good area to stay?

Yes, Fisherman's Wharf is a good area to stay when visiting San Francisco due to its prime location near many local attractions, shopping and dining such as the incomparable Ghirardelli Square.

What hotels are by the Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco?

The Kimpton Alton Hotel is located in Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco.

What is the difference between Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39?

Pier 39 is located in Fisherman's Wharf and is one part of the landmark neighborhood. It has fresh seafood stands, the San Francisco Carousel, and more as well as the notable dock with vocal sea lions.

How much does it cost to go to Fisherman's Wharf?

It is complimentary to go to Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, although you'll want to bring your wallet to shop and dine to your heart's content.

Where is the best part of San Francisco to stay?

Fisherman's Wharf is one of the best parts of San Francisco to stay due to its convenient location nearby local dining, shopping, and attractions.

How many days do I need in San Francisco?

San Francisco is a perfect area to visit for as short as a day trip or as long as an extended stay. Be sure to check out our Itineraries page for ideas for a 1-2 day San Francisco itinerary, 3-4 day San Francisco itinerary, Family-Friendly visits or Romantic trips.