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San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park Ships at Hyde Street Pier

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Address: 499 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94109-1314
Phone Number: +1 415-447-5000
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Established in 1988, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park...

Established in 1988, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park encompasses 34 acres, and has the most National Historic Landmarks of any unit in the National Park Service. In addition to the fleet of historic ships at Hyde Street Pier, the Park includes the Aquatic Park Historic District (Maritime Museum, beach, lawn area, and bleachers), a Visitor Center and the Research Center (in Fort Mason Center).

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Fantastic time is you love old vessels like I do. They have some beautiful ships. Well worth your time.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fantastic time is you love old vessels like I do. They have some beautiful ships. Well worth your time.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

You can see the beautiful ships from afar while walking down the beach from Fisherman's Wharf towards the pier. Stop by and take your time strolling through history along the pier and into these beautiful ships. Each vessel tells a story and how it was part of the building of SF. Not many tourists are here and is worth a... More 

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Wigan, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Strolled along the pier and then found out that we could get in free using our America the Beautiful annual pass which we had purchased for entry into the national Parks! Passed an interesting hour looking at the range of ships. Were able to walk around them which was good.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Then I marveled how anyone could live through parlous, uncertain excursions on such not-so-massive old-style ships! Museums I can rush through, but sights like this I linger near, and ponder the lives passed and lost adventuring vast oceans, throwing caution to the winds, then hailing the next shores.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

It was great to get away from the crowds to find ourselves alone on a huge ship in SF bay. There were some great photo opportunities both on and below decks. Even if you don't like ships and boats its more about doing something different. At times I was whisked back in time imagining what it was like aboard these... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Nice exhibits and short video. Did not go onboard ships as it cost $10. TIP OF THE DAY - if you have a National Park Pass, you get in FREE. Mine was at home in my car - will take it with me on my next vacations as you'll never know when it comes in handy!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

This seems like a great place to get away from the crowds on Fisherman's Wharf. At least not very many were there when we were. If you have a national park pass, then there is no reason not to stop in for at least a few minutes. Your kids will love the boats, too (if you don't stay long enough... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

This is the place where you might like to drop by for a visit to understand more of the San Francisco Maritime National History. It's kind of quite interesting too.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Very good self guided tour of the Balclutha. It is fascinating to see below decks of this steel-hulled full rigged ship. Areas have signs explaining how the ship was stocked along with a video.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

We arrived here on the 100 year Anniversary of the National Park System and admission was free! Normally admission is $10. There are a number of old ships here, including the C. A. Thayer, a three masted schooner, the Eureka, a side-wheel ferry, the Hercules, a steam powered tug boat, the Eppleton Hall, another even older tug boat, and the... More 

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