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Pier 39 Tours

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Pier 39
One of the most visited sights in San Francisco, the multilevel Pier 39 complex is home to shops, restaurants, street performers, and a video arcade. Its waterfront setting on the San Francisco Bay means visitors can take in panoramic bay views, breathe fresh sea air, and watch sunbathing California sea lions.
 
The Basics
Besides dining and shopping, another popular Pier 39 attraction is the Aquarium of the Bay, where you can watch sharks circle overhead and manta rays skate by. The glassed-in San Francisco Carousel is a hit with kids, as are the Musical Stairs and Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze. Pier 39 is also a popular jumping-off point for boat tours to Angel Island, Alcatraz Island, Sausalito, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Bay cruises focus on one of these attractions or all of them, some going as far out as the Farallon Islands in search of whales. 
 
City tours of San Francisco typically include a stop to Pier 39’s historic waterfront. A hop-on hop-off tour via double-decker bus allows you to disembark and explore the area’s arcades, restaurants, and shops at your leisure. 
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Cruises to Alcatraz Island leave from Pier 39 and tend to sell out far in advance. Be sure to buy tickets ahead of time.
  • The California Welcome Center offers luggage storage during the day for a fee.
  • Pets are allowed at Pier 39 outdoors in the common areas.
  • Ramps and elevators are located throughout Pier 39, and wheelchairs are available for rent at the California Welcome Center. 
 
How to Get There
Pier 39 is located at the edge of the Fisherman’s Wharf district, near the beginning of the Embarcadero. The pier is also close to North Beach, Chinatown, Ghirardelli Square, and Fort Mason. The area is easily accessible via the historic F-Market streetcars, buses, and cable cars. Parking in the area is possible, but be prepared to pay.
 
When to Get There
Although San Francisco’s weather is cold and foggy in the summer, that’s when Pier 39 is the busiest. Prepare for large crowds and sold-out activities during this time. Bring layers to fend off the chill, or visit in the fall for the best weather. The pier’s hours of operation change seasonally.

California Sea Lions
Pier 39’s most famous—and famously loud—visitors are California sea lions. Mostly between January and July, as many as 900 sea lions park themselves on the floating docks off of the pier. Since the early 1990s, every year these marine mammals put on a show of barking, lounging, and climbing over one another. Learn more about the playful pinnipeds at the Sea Lion Center.
Address: Beach Street and The Embarcadero, San Francisco 94119, USA
Hours: Open daily
Admission: Free
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65 Tours and Activities to Experience Pier 39

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The Flyer San Francisco Admission TicketAttraction Tickets

The Flyer San Francisco Admission Ticket

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Soar over San Francisco without leaving the ground with an admission ticket to The Flyer. Using immersive 3D technology and movement, you’ll take a flight over San Francisco landmarks such as Coit Tower and the San Francisco Bay. Simply head to Pier 39 for this high-tech introduction to the City by the Bay.
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  • 20 to 50 minutes
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  • 20 to 50 minutes
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7D DarkRide Admission at Pier 39Attraction Tickets

7D DarkRide Admission at Pier 39

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Battle fearsome zombies, oversize monsters or robot bandits — all without leaving San Francisco — at the DarkRide 7D Experience on Pier 39. Choose your own adventure, then buckle up and grab a laser blaster for for an immersive virtual reality quest to take down your opponents. 3D glasses plus sound and motion effects turn an ordinary trip to Fisherman’s Wharf into a thrilling, high-definition challenge.
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  • 10 to 50 minutes
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  • 10 to 50 minutes
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The Flyer San Francisco & 7D Experience ComboAttraction Tickets

The Flyer San Francisco & 7D Experience Combo

When in Silicon Valley, do as they do in Silicon Valley. Enjoy a high-tech San Francisco experience with this double-header ticket, featuring a virtual flying tour of the city and a multi-sensory video game. Soar through San Francisco in a flying theater, visiting high altitude nooks that can’t be visited in person. After your flying experience, team up with up to 19 other players to battle zombies, robots or aliens from the comfort of a seat that moves as you play. This tour offers the perfect escape from busy San-Fran and makes for a great rainy day activity.
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  • 30 to 45 minutes
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  • 30 to 45 minutes
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PIER 39 Attraction PassAttraction Tickets

PIER 39 Attraction Pass

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Enjoy admission to the Pier 39 7D Experience and four other Pier 39 activities with this attraction pass. You’ll receive entry to the Aquarium of the Bay, The Flyer, and Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze, a 24-hour ticket for a San Francisco hop-on hop-off tour, a Chinatown walking tour, and a San Francisco Bay cruise. Plus, use provided coupons for discounts at shops and restaurants around Pier 39.
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  • 5 to 10 hours
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  • 5 to 10 hours
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Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay CruiseDay Cruises

Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise

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Explore one of California's most iconic settings from the beauty of San Francisco Bay. This narrated Golden Gate Bay cruise journeys alongside Alcatraz and Angel Island State Park, past the shores of Sausalito and beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. You can choose to view the sights from inside your boat or out on deck.
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  • 1 hour
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Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off TourBus Tours

Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Ride a double-decker sightseeing bus to San Francisco's most famous landmarks with a choice of 3 different passes. Explore the city's 49 square miles, including stops at big-name attractions like Pier 39, the Palace of Fine Arts and Union Square. Go at your own pace, hopping off at any of 24 stops, exploring at your leisure, and then hopping back on when you're done. Your ticket includes a walking tour of Chinatown. Choose the Premium or Deluxe pass for additional upgrades including a night bus tour or a trolley tour in nearby Sausalito.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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San Francisco Bay Sunset Catamaran CruiseDay Cruises

San Francisco Bay Sunset Catamaran Cruise

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Sail across San Francisco Bay at twilight to admire the city skyline as it begins to light up for the night. With an experienced captain at the helm, you’ll glide past Alcatraz Island and cruise underneath the Golden Gate Bridge.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Early Access to Alcatraz and Cable Car Sightseeing TourDay Cruises

Early Access to Alcatraz and Cable Car Sightseeing Tour

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Visit Alcatraz Island before most visitors arrive and tour San Francisco on a motorized classic cable car. Head to Alcatraz early to enter this National Historic Landmark District. Explore the former prison via the award-winning audio guide, and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Palace of Fine Arts, and Fort Point on a cable car retrofitted with wheels, so you can see more of the city.
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  • 7 hours
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San Francisco Cable Car City Trolley Tour From Fishermans WharfHalf-day Tours

San Francisco Cable Car City Trolley Tour From Fishermans Wharf

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Explore San Francisco on this city tour that provides the chance to ride on a classic-style cable car without having to stick to the limited route of the city's tracks. As you travel aboard the cable car retrofitted with wheels, hop off at three locations to take guided walking tours of the Civic Center, Alamo Square, and Golden Gate Bridge areas. Blankets (it gets cold in the City by the Bay) are included. Select a morning or afternoon departure time when booking. 
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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San Francisco Bay Sailing CruiseDay Cruises

San Francisco Bay Sailing Cruise

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Admire San Francisco and its surrounding sights from the water on a San Francisco Bay sailing cruise. Onboard a catamaran, sail past the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, legendary Alcatraz Island, and the hamlet of Sausalito. Take advantage of great photo ops while you soak up the sea breeze during this scenic tour.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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San Francisco Golden Gate Seaplane TourFull-day Tours

San Francisco Golden Gate Seaplane Tour

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Admire San Francisco from the air on this seaplane adventure from Sausalito. Aboard a 6-passenger plane, you’ll fly over the bay, taking in views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Muir Woods and more. See downtown San Francisco and Fisherman’s Wharf, and soar past Angel Island. Everyone gets a window seat on this 30-minute flight, and transportation is available from Fisherman's Wharf.
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  • 30 minutes
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San Francisco Wharf and Waterfront Segway TourCity Packages

San Francisco Wharf and Waterfront Segway Tour

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Take a San Francisco Segway tour along the waterfront to see popular city attractions like Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, and Alcatraz Island. With an experienced guide, cruise along San Francisco Bay on a personal 2-wheeled Segway, and learn how to operate during a training session. Limited to 10 people per tour, this tour provides a small-group experience. Choose from several tour times throughout the day.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Skip The Bus: San Francisco By Luxury Van TourHalf-day Tours

Skip The Bus: San Francisco By Luxury Van Tour

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Avoid the crowds, confusion, and limitations of large buses and discover San Francisco by luxury minivan. This half-day tour takes you to numerous parts of the city for the perfect overview. Enjoy fascinating facts provided by your guide's live commentary. Stop for photo opportunities at some of the city’s most popular attractions, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Full-Day Guided Tour of San Francisco with AlcatrazAttraction Tickets

Full-Day Guided Tour of San Francisco with Alcatraz

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Explore San Francisco on a small-group full-day tour that covers top attractions including Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz. Get great views of the San Francisco Bay Area during the short ferry ride to Alcatraz Island, where you then take a self-guided audio tour of the infamous prison. Return to shore for your bus tour of destinations such as Nob Hill, the Haight-Ashbury, the Castro, the Mission, and Golden Gate Park. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off in San Francisco.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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City and Sea Adventure: 1 Day Hop-On Hop Off Pass and San Francisco Bay CruiseBus Tours

City and Sea Adventure: 1 Day Hop-On Hop Off Pass and San Francisco Bay Cruise

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In just one day, experience the best of San Francisco by land and sea with this combo package that includes two hop-on hop-off bus tours and a cruise. Check out the top attractions of San Francisco, wind through the downtown streets, and cross over the Golden Gate Bridge. Each hop-on hop-off bus tour lasts 60 minutes to 2 hours and offers live commentary. The 1-hour boat cruise takes you through San Francisco Bay, giving you prime views of Crissy Fields, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island.
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  • 1 day
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  • 1 day
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Small-Group Tour: San Francisco City Tour Including Muir Woods and SausalitoDay Trips

Small-Group Tour: San Francisco City Tour Including Muir Woods and Sausalito

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Spend your day exploring the ‘City by the Bay’ before a scenic drive across the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Woods National Monument and the nearby waterfront of charming Sausalito. This narrated small-group tour takes in all of the San Francisco highlights, from Golden Gate Park and Haight-Ashbury to the Palace of Fine Arts and Presidio. Then wander on foot under California’s giant coastal redwoods before exploring the gift shops and galleries of Sausalito.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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San Francisco Cable Car City Trolley Tour from Union SquareCity Packages

San Francisco Cable Car City Trolley Tour from Union Square

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Avoid the hours-long wait at San Francisco’s cable car lines, while still getting a classic cable car experience during this city tour by converted cable car from Union Square. In addition to pointing out landmarks that visitors often miss, your guide also provides walking tours at City Hall, Alamo Square Park, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Plus, blankets and refreshments are included to make sure you stay comfortable during the ride.
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  • 3 hours to 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours to 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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America's Cup Sailing Adventure on San Francisco Bay: Day SailDay Cruises

America's Cup Sailing Adventure on San Francisco Bay: Day Sail

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Tread in the footsteps of world-champion sailors on this 2.5-hour America’s Cup Day Sail on San Francisco Bay. You’ll board a high-speed International America’s Cup class yacht and take a turn on the official race course from the 2013 competition. With a skilled sailor in charge, you’ll take your turn as crew working the sail trim controls and even have a chance to skipper the boat. After departing from San Francisco’s famous Pier 39 you’ll take to the Bay and cruise beneath the magnificent Golden Gay Bridge. There’s no better way to see the Bay than this sailing trip with USA 76.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Alcatraz Ticket + Fisherman's Wharf Walking TourCity Packages

Alcatraz Ticket + Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour

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If you're looking to see the sights on San Francisco's waterfront—but you don't have hours to tour the city—this quick walking tour is the perfect fit. Follow your guide to top attractions including Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf, and Ghirardelli Square. History fans enjoy a quick look at the cable cars, and the USS Pampanito, a WWII submarine. To make the most of your day, upgrade with Alcatraz tickets to see San Francisco's infamous former prison.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour in San FranciscoBus Tours

2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour in San Francisco

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Make your own travel itinerary for the day while in San Francisco with this 2-day hop-on hop-off bus pass. Ride a double-decker bus throughout the city, and hop off and back on at any of the stops along the route. This bus offers multiple routes with audio commentary filled with historical and fun facts about the areas you pass. See some of SF’s most popular places, such as Pier 39, the Palace of Fine Arts, the de Young Museum, and War Memorial Opera House.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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1 Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour PLUSBus Tours

1 Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour PLUS

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Make your own travel itinerary for the day while in San Francisco with this full-day hop-on hop-off bus pass. Ride a double-decker bus throughout the city, and hop off and back on at any of the stops along the route. Make stops at Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Park, Union Square, Chinatown, and more. For even more adventure, upgrade your ticket to include the Sausalito route and cross the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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San Francisco Night Tour by BusBus Tours

San Francisco Night Tour by Bus

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See the Golden Gate Bridge, the Embarcadero, Union Square, and other San Francisco sights on this evening tour by double-decker bus. Starting at Fisherman’s Wharf, cruise through the city to see top attractions in a convenient way with live commentary from an onboard guide.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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San Francisco Guided City TourBus Tours

San Francisco Guided City Tour

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Explore San Francisco with a local insider and experience an extraordinary afternoon. This half-day tour takes you sightseeing around the city with a guide to offer commentary. Neighborhoods include Fisherman's Wharf, Presidio, Haight-Ashbury, Golden Gate Park, the Castro, and North Beach plus the Golden Gate Bridge. Free Wi-Fi is available aboard the vehicle so you can post your snaps to social media en route.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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San Francisco 1-Hour Seaplane Tour with Shuttle TransportFull-day Tours

San Francisco 1-Hour Seaplane Tour with Shuttle Transport

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On this San Francisco seaplane tour, treat yourself to aerial views of the Bay Area’s top sights, both natural and man-made. Take off from Sausalito, soaring over the California shoreline up to Tomales Bay and Point Reyes. Then fly over the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Crissey Field and more before landing on the water. Transportation from Fisherman's Wharf is available for easy access to Sausalito.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Lucky Tuk Tuk at Night - San Francisco Lights TourBus Tours

Lucky Tuk Tuk at Night - San Francisco Lights Tour

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What’s the best way to see San Francisco sparkle by night? Why, in a Tuk Tuk, of course! Don’t let the size of this adorable modern-day rickshaw fool you—it conquers hills and weaves into the tightest of places to give you up-close and personal views of the CIty by the Bay’s most beautiful attractions. This eco-friendly electric vehicle takes you into bustling Fisherman’s Wharf, where you can marvel at the majestic Golden Gate Bridge and ominous Alcatraz Island. Cruise through the back alleys of Chinatown, breathe in the delicious aromas of dinners in North Beach, and feed your Instagram with glittering shots of the most gorgeous city in the world! Your experienced, entertaining tour guide narrates your 2-hour excursion. Your tour guide picks you up in Union Square or Fisherman’s Wharf. Tours are limited to five riders per Tuk Tuk (6 guests ok with group that includes children and adults). Larger groups can reserve multiple Tuk Tuks to ride around in together.
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  • 2 hours
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San Francisco Bay Sunset Wine-Tasting CruiseWine Tasting

San Francisco Bay Sunset Wine-Tasting Cruise

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Pair panoramic bay views with top-notch California wines on a relaxing wine-tasting cruise on the San Francisco Bay. Sample a flight of four regional wines served with snacks aboard the intimate ‘Wine Therapy’ vessel, featuring a comfortable heated cabin plus outside viewing decks. Get the best views of landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the San Francisco skyline as you sip buttery chardonnay, full-bodied cabernet, or other celebrated Northern California varietals.
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  • 2 hours
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Golden Gate Bridge Sailing TourDay Cruises

Golden Gate Bridge Sailing Tour

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Go sailing on the San Francisco Bay on a spectacular sailboat cruise from Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf. Head to the Golden Gate Bridge for sweeping views of the Marin Headlands, Tiburon and Sausalito, then glide across the bay, passing Angel Island, Alcatraz Island, The Presidio, Crissy Field, Ghirardelli Square, and the Bay Bridge. You can enjoy two complimentary glasses of sparkling wine, beer or soda, and ask your captain and crew any questions you may have along the way.
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Pier 39 hours of operation?
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Pier 39 hours of operation: Open daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Pier 39 tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Pier 39 can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 65 Pier 39 tickets and tours on Viator.
Q:
How much does it cost to visit Pier 39 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Pier 39 costs USD 12.00. Guided Pier 39 tours start around USD 12.00 per person. See all 65 Pier 39 tickets and tours on Viator.
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