San Francisco: You'll Never Be Bored Visiting Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf and the surrounding neighborhood were named from the early days of the Gold Rush when Italian immigrant fishermen settled in the area fishing for Dungeness crabs. From that time through present time, it has remained the home of the San Francisco's fishing fleet.
The Golden Gate Bridge
Constructed began on January 5, 1933, and completed in April, 1937. The projected cost was well over $35 million and came in $1.3 million under budget. This bridge is a suspension bridge, spanning the Golden Gate which is the opening of the San Francisco Bay into the Pacific Ocean. It is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco and has been declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World.
The most popular way to see the bridge is renting a bike. Not only is this a great workout, you will experience an amazing view of San Francisco from on high. The bridge is accessible all day, every day by car, bike or bus. Parking is convenient and only costs approximately $6. There are souvenir shops and public restrooms on either side of the bridge.
This is a site that should definitely be included in your schedule. Not only is Alcatraz one of the most popular attractions, but will be enjoyed by both young and old alike.
Located in the San Francisco Bay, it is often referred to as The Rock. Juan Manuel de Avala charted San Francisco Bay in 1775 and named one of the three islands "La Isla de los Alcagtraces, which translates to The Island of the Pelicans.
The earliest recorded owner of the island was Julian Workman, given to him by the Mexican governor Pio Pico in June, 1846. This offering was with the understanding that Workman would build a lighthouse on it. This lighthouse is considered the oldest working lighthouse on the west coast.
Alcatraz was acquired by the United States Department of Justice on October 12, 1933 and then became a Federal Bureau of Prisons federal prison in August 1934. On August 11, 1934, the first 134 prisoners arrived at Alcatraz from Leavenworth, Kansas Penitentiary. Over the next 29 years, Alcatraz held some of the most famous American criminals of all time. Al Capone, Robert Franklin Stroud aka the Birdman of Alcatraz and Machine Gun Kelly to name a few.
Landmarks on the island include the Main Cell House, Dining Hall, Library, the Lighthouse, the ruins of the Warden's House, Officers Club, Parade Grounds and the Water Tower.
Entrance to Alcatraz is free, but you will have to purchase a ferry ticket to get there. Although the tickets are not cheap ($26), most visitors believe it is worth the price. You receive a scenic boat trip, a guided tour from a park ranger and an audio guide. The most popular choice of visitors is the Audio tour. "It is just a great experience, narrated by ex-guards and prisoners, it's a great balanced account of life on The Rock."
The underground exhibits contain scenes ranging from The Last Supper, the Wizard of Oz and King Tut to name just a few. This museum will delight adults and children alike.
She was turned into a memorial and museum at San Francisco on 21 November 1975, transferred to the Maritime Park Association on May 20, 1976, and opened to the public on March 15, 1982.
The USS PAMPANITO Amateur Radio Club brings the radio room to life on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month using the call sign NJ6VT – NJVT was the boat's call sign during WWII. Ham radio operators may contact the boat on 7.260 and 14.260 MHz using voice, and on other frequencies using Morse Code.
The Pampanito still has several working parts including one torpedo tube, the periscope, engines, galley and ice cream maker. The museum runs educational programs including one that allows organized groups of children and adults to sleep overnight in the submarine's 48 bunk beds!
Aquatic Park Historic District
You will be fascinated wandering through the Steamship Room. With illustrations showing the evolution of maritime technology from wind to steam. Lithographic stones, scrimshaw and whaling guns.
In front of the Museum is a man-made lagoon on the site of the former Black Point Cove. To the west is the Municipal Pier, which is horseshoe shaped. The lagoon offers a sandy beach and a stepped concrete seawall. Traveling southward is the Victorian Park which offers the Hyde Street cable car turnaround.
San Francisco Restaurants
After a long day of touring Fisherman's Wharf, it's time to put up your feet and enjoy fine dining from seafood to continental. Fisherman's Wharf is the absolute most popular destination for those in search of excellent seafood.
Family owned Alioto's #8 is the oldest restaurant on Fisherman's Wharf, serving up seafood and Sicilian specialties and topped off with a spectacular view. Other great restaurants with views include Fishermen's Grotto, owned and operated since 1935, Franciscan Crab Restaurant, McCormic & Kuleto's and Neptune's Seafood. Kids will enjoy seafood at family friendly places such as Blue Mermaid and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Located in the Financial District, Tadich Grill was founded in 1849 and is the oldest continuous operating restaurant in California.
This playground allows kids to build, trade kid saws and hammers in exchange for trash, and get paint and brushes and paint just about everything there!
Adventure Playground, 162 University Ave, Berkeley Marina. 510-981-6720
Open Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 4pm
San Francisco is a wonderful destination for your next great adventure. Fisherman's Wharf has so very much to offer. There is something for everyone, so pack up the kids and visit San Francisco.