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Aquatic Park

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Fisherman’s Wharf
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Address: 499 Jefferson St, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, San Francisco, CA 94109-1314
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+1 415-447-5000
10:00 - 16:00
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This waterfront area, once part of Fort Mason, is now a complex for museums...

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Walking and great views

This is the end of the line for the Powell-Hyde cable car, adjacent to Ghiaradelli Square. The long pier that curves out into the bay offers great views and photo ops of the... read more

Reviewed 8 March 2017
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Reviewed 8 March 2017

This is the end of the line for the Powell-Hyde cable car, adjacent to Ghiaradelli Square. The long pier that curves out into the bay offers great views and photo ops of the Golden Gate bridge, Alcatraz, Fishermans Wharf, and the city itself. Much quieter and less commercial than Fishermans Wharf. On a cool weekday evening it was quite sedate--joggers,... More 

Thank saoakman
Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

As an avid open water swimmer this was a dream swim. I made it happen this Feb. You can leave stuff on shore and just enter the water (leave with a friend if you can) or go to one of the Swim clubs at the north end of the park and pay $10 for lockers, showers and sauna. The water... More 

Thank SeattleReebs
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

The Aquatic Park Pier (curve pier near Maritime Museum) offers the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alacatraz Island, Ghirardelli Square, Coit Tower and the Bay. You walk way out into the water, so views are unobstructed. Parking was free near Van Ness Ave. and it's just a short walk to the pier, beach access and the square or... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

As a lifelong swimmer and lover of a good open water swim, I was thrilled when I was invited to join some members of Golden Gate Triathalon Club for their weekly swim in Aquatic Park. It was a goal of mine to swim in the Bay this visit and Aquatic Park offers ideal conditions. We went in the morning, at... More 

Thank KatBarry1
Weesp, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016

Just at the end of fishermans wharf. nice walk out the pier and a super view of The Rock. Nice place to relax from the hussle and bussle of fishermans wharf. grab a book and relax or for a stroll.

Thank Patricia M
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 25 September 2016

Here, you can see people swimming in cold water, kids playing with the sand, people walking by the beach etc. Beautiful View!

1 Thank joanadventure
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Reviewed 12 September 2016

I strongly recommend coming to Aquatic Park. First of all, it offers good view! Secondly, there are many free-of-charge places to visit around this neighbourhood. San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park, Maritime Museum and Hyde St Pier. Not to mention that you could stroll the semi-circle pier that extends to the ocean. Totally owesome!

Thank Enhan
Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 8 September 2016

I ventured here to Aquatic Park to enjoy some take-away lunch from a local establishment. Aquatic Park has a well-manicured grassy zone with flowers and plants, walking trails, architecture, cement stairs, a nice beach to listen to the sounds of the ocean waves, a view of Hype Park and some old ships, and the Hyde Street cable car turnaround. The... More 

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Katy, Texas
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Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

Just next to Ghirardelli square lies a nice park with water access and a small and pleasant beach. It was a good change in pace during our visit. Kids can play around and spend some of their energy before continuing to other areas.

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Murrieta, California
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Reviewed 15 June 2016

Aquatic Park is located at the end of Jefferson Street. Located within this area is the beach where people play and relax in the sand or swim in the cove. There is also a nice walk available out to the end of the municipal pier for some great photos of the GGB, Maritime Park, Ghirardelli Square, the Maritime Museum and... More 

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Fisherman’s Wharf
Packed with family-friendly entertainment, quality hotels, and good food, there’s something for everyone at Fisherman’s Wharf. From street performers and historic cable cars to art galleries and museums, a postcard-worthy photo is available on every corner. Bring your appetite: seafood lovers will be rewarded with Dungeness crab and sourdough bread bowls, while Ghirardelli Square will satiate anyone’s sweet tooth after a day at Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Don't forget to say hello to the adorable sea lions that make this neighbourhood a true San Francisco treat.
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