SF Maritime National Historic Park, California
San Francisco, CA 94109
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San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is a true gem. To be able to board the boats and touch, see, hear, and smell a part of our nation's history is an awesome experience. Not only is the maritime park a great place to wander around, the surrounding area, San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf, Ghiradelli Square, and Pier 39 are special haunts too.
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park offers the sights, sounds, smells and stories of Pacific Coast maritime history.The resources of San Francisco Maritime NHP include six National Historic Landmark vessels. 1886 square-rigger Balclutha, 1890 steam ferryboat Eureka, 1891 scow schooner Alma, 1895 schooner C.A. Thayer, 1907 steam tug Hercules and 1915 steam schooner Wapama.
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, located on the edge of San Francisco Bay, in the Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood, is a park that can be visited year round. Begin with a trip to the Visitor Center, located on Jefferson Street at the corner of Hyde Street. Park Rangers will help you plan your visit and point the way to Hyde Street Pier. Walk onto the pier to visit the park’s collection of floating historic ships and for breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge.
At this time only the Balclutha and Eureka are able to be boarded. I believe the C.A. Thayer is is dry-dock. However, when you do board either the Balclutha or Eureka you are allowed to wander pretty much anywhere on the ships for an unlimited amount of time. You can even sit in the captain's cabin on the Balclutha or man the helm on the Eureka.
Make a day of your trip and browse through Ghiradelli Square and have a sundae, ride a cable car from Hyde Street, walk along Fisherman's Wharf noshing on fresh-baked sourdough bread, bring lots of quarters for the penny arcades at Musee Mecanique, visit the dungeon at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Museum, or watch (and smell) the sea lions at Pier 39. There is no shortage of entertainment, good food, or just plain people watching and soaking up the California sun on a great day in this area of San Francisco!