Posted by : Unknown Thursday, May 9, 2013

Touring San Francisco with Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, located down the waterfront of Embarcadero and Powell Streets, is the final tourist draw, home to Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square and the famous tenant harbor seals. Crowds, trinket shops, chilly breezes off the harbor (bring a sweater), street performers, t-shirt shops, food vendors and seafood restaurants, build up this tourist mecca. Popular museums such as: Musée Mécanique, Maritime National Historical Park, the Wax Museum and Ripley's Believe it or Not museum, are all located along Fisherman's Wharf.

The lane performers are numerous here, from magicians, musicians, pantomimes, to the famous street performer known as, "The Bushman" who has been jumping out from the cover of trees scaring tourists out of their wits for 28 years. Fisherman's Wharf is famed for its clam chowders, and other seafood soups served in giant bowls of hollowed out sourdough bread. Street vendors offer all types of Dungeness crab preparations. Cotton candy and candy apples are also available, which is fitting, as Fisherman's Wharf certainly has a fun, carnival like atmosphere.

Pier 39 is at the end of Fisherman's Wharf on Embarcadero Street that is home to hundreds of wharf seals who have made their home on the pier docks. Bench seating is offered to while away the daylight watching the charming antics of the seals. This is also, where the boat cruises leave for bay tours and visits to Alcatraz Island. A popular aquarium and children's carousel are located on Pier 39. The crowds at this popular spot can get unbearable at times, so try to visit during a weekday.

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