San Francisco, CA 94133
North Beach/Telegraph Hill
Days and Hours Of Operation
Varies by season
Locals shy away from this famous tourist spot but there are a lot of things to do at Pier 39. Besides all the restaurants and shops (many of them kid-friendly), the whole family can enjoy Aquarium of the Bay, Players Sports Grill & Arcade, a beautiful carousel adorned with paintings of San Francisco landmarks, street performers, Theatre 39, and best of all, the sea lions that have been hanging out at the docks since the early '90s. A recent addition is the 7D Ride where you will experience the thrill of a roller coaster and the excitement of an interactive laser blaster, all without leaving your seat in a state of the art digital theater with surround sound, 3D effects and the newest in laser technology. .
Pier 39 hosts wonderful events throughout the year. The most popular ones are the Fourth of July Waterfront Celebration, Fleet Week in October, Pumpkin Pandemonium around Halloween, and the Holiday Tree Lighting around Thanksgiving.
Visiting the Pier is always free but some activities have fees.
Parking garages are available across the street. The Pier 39 garage is probably the most expensive (over $20). Go a few blocks away and find it for half the price for all day parking ($12).
Muni: F Market, 8x, 39, 47
*Print out a coupon for Pier 39's Fun Pack that contains discounts to shops, restaurants, and attractions. Redeem the pack at the California Welcome Center on the second floor of near Fog Harbor Fish House.
*Don't miss the local entertainers who perform magic, music or juggling shows at the stage near the carousel area. The shows are free but entertainers work for tips by passing the hat.
*Locals (within the 26 surrounding Bay Area counties) can take advantage of the Kids Eat & Play FREE program through June 30, 2013. Purchase an adult entree or attraction ticket at participating locations, and receive one child's entree or attraction ticket FREE! Plus get two hours FREE parking in the PIER 39 Parking Garage through May 31st. Sign up here.
* Show your AAA card at the California Welcome Center, located on Level 2 by Fog Harbor Fish House at PIER 39. As a AAA member you will receive 20% off at participating restaurants, a FREE PIER 39 Fun Pack with two hours free parking in the PIER 39 Parking Garage, and other special offers.