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San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park Tours, CA


At San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park you will experience the sights, sounds and textures of the city's seafaring past. You will get to know what life was like for the people who made their living at sea. From the wooden decks of Balclutha, a square-rigger that rounded Cape Horn 17 times, duck into the cramped cabins where sailors sheltered during months at sea. In the hold of the coastal schooner C.A. Thayer walk along the curving sides where freshly cleaned fish, layered with salt, were stacked to the ceiling. Along Hyde Street Pier, park staff and volunteers mend lines, varnish brightwork and tend puffing steam engines. Rangers lead a variety of programs, even high aloft in Balclutha's rigging. The Age of Sail environmental living program bunks school childern overnight on historic vessels. At the small-boat shop, craftspeople shape and bend-on steam-softened planks to repair historic boats and build replicas. The Hyde Steet Pier and Visitor Center are open daily from 9:30-5:00 with the last entrance to the pier at 4:30 p.m.

Know Before You Go:

Alma is a U.S. Coast Guard certified vessel. Maximum 37 passengers per trip. Trip may be cancelled due to weather, or other safety concerns, at discretion of the captain. Vessel is wheelchair accessible with assistance. Rough conditions possible-be prepared for cold, wind, spray and bright sun. Provided: life jackets and flotation devices. Bring: water (no alcohol permitted), snacks, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, layers of clothing (for warmth and water resistance), closed toe "active" footwear (no high heels), camera, binoculars and a sense of adventure! Parking near the pier is difficult, especially during busy summer months, please plan on arriving early to the park.

Getting There:

The park is located within the city limits of San Francisco, in the Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood, on the shoreline of San Francisco Bay. There is no designated parking area for the park. There is metered street parking and garages and parking lots that charge various prices to park. The park is accesible by public transit MUNI lines F, 19, 30, 47, 49 and the historic Powell-Hyde Cable Car. The Visitor Center is located across the street from Hyde Street Pier. The Visitor Center address is: 499 Jefferson Street, San Francisco, CA 94109. Phone 415-447-5000. Please visit the park's website for more detailed directions.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Fort Mason Center Building E
San Francisco  CA  94123

Phone Number:

Information:  (415)447-5000
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