Monday, November 26, 2007

Fisherman's Wharf II - Hyde Street Pier

The Hyde Street Pier houses a terrific collection of historic ships. Formally known as the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park, the Pier's collection includes the Balclutha, an 1886 square rigger; C.A. Thayer, an 1895 schooner; Eureka, an 1890 steam ferry boat; and many other artifacts from our nautical history. On the Pier is the Small Boat Shop, where visitors can talk with the boat builders. Be sure to walk to the end of the Pier for a nice view of San Francisco Bay and the City.

The Pier is located at the end of Hyde Street, near Aquatic Park and the Hyde Street cable car turnaround. There is no charge to walk along the Pier or to see the exhibits on the Pier. The cost is $5 per person to walk through the historic ships docked at the Pier. Children under the age of 16, if supervised by an adult, may board the ships for free.

Across the street from the Pier, in the Argonaut Hotel, is the park's Visitor Center. Here you can see permanent and temporary exhibits on San Francisco's and the West's maritime history.

The park also has a museum on Beach Street, across from Ghirardelli Square. However, it is closed for renovation until 2009.

The Pier and Visitors Center open daily at 9:30 a.m. The Pier closes at 5:30 p.m. between Memorial Day and September 30, while the Visitors Center closes at 7:30 p.m. During the balance of the year, both the Pier and Visitors Center close at 5:00 p.m.

If you are like me and enjoy old ships, then I highly recommend a visit to the Hyde Street Pier. If you would like to take a private San Francisco tour that includes a visit to the Pier and Fisherman's Wharf, please call me at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or e-mail me by clicking here.

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