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“Interesting boat exploring”

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
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US$20.00*
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USS Pampanito General Admission
Ranked #53 of 572 things to do in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Visitors can take a workshop on boatbuilding, board a vessel docked at the Hyde Street Pier or tour the fine collections of maritime lore.
Reviewed 26 July 2014

Our child enjoyed exploring all the different areas of the boats, both the Balclutha and the tug boat (name I can't remember). The grown ups enjoyed reading all the interpretive displays - especially on the varied history of the Balclutha. One member of our party had a National Parks Annual Pass, which covered our passage onto the boats.

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Reviewed 15 July 2014

We stopped at the Argonaut which is part of the park, this was ideal as it allowed us to explore the park before it became too busy. If you’re interested in Maritime and shipping this is worth a trip. To get on the boats there is a fee, but to walk around them from the dock it is free

3  Thank Davetheaddick
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

Secured tickets for the 4 hour tour of San Francisco Bay aboard the 19th century scow schooner "Alma" and was so pleased with the trip! Rangers and volunteers aboard the craft were friendly and quite knowledgeable. Scow schooners played an important part in the Bay's shipping industry in days gone by but remain "unsung heroes" in sea lore. Currently, the National Park Service runs, I believe, two tours a week on the Alma, one on Thursdays and the other on Saturdays, both leaving at 12:30. VERY reasonably priced for a four hour tour. Dress warmly, as the winds can REALLY pick up! We were told that the warmest months to take the boat ride would be September and October. Purchasing a ticket for the Alma also allows one to enter other ships (e.g., the Balclutha) for no extra charge.

3  Thank Janet H
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

I will admit that I am very fond of ships. That said, this is a great outing. You can walk along the dock for free, and it is only $5 to tour 4 ships. The Balclutha is the large sailing ship and includes several videos of the history of the ship, or you can just walk around. Children enjoyed ringing the bell.

The visitor center is also free and a wonderful museum with scale models and informative videos. The displays are interesting and well done. Well worth your time, could be a full afternoon or as short as 2 hours.

4  Thank drkelvin
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

We only toured one ship, the BALCLUTHA, which is a square rigged merchant ship. We got there and a tour was just starting. The ranger was very knowledgable and told us all the history of the ship and also extensively commented on other historical and societal events from the time period.
We were able to explore the entire ship to get a real sense of what life was like on board for all the crew members.
We did not have time to visit the other ships but I would go back.
The cost is very reasonable $5

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