Fisherman’s Wharf is one of the busiest tourist areas in San Francisco, located on the northern waterfront. It roughly represents the northern waterfront area of San Francisco from Ghirardelli Square east to Pier 35 and includes a territory that encompasses the waterfront west of Van Ness Avenue to Post Street.
The F Market Street streetcar runs through the area, along with the Powell-Hyde cable car lines that lead to Aquatic Park, which is on the edge of Fisherman’s Wharf. In addition, the Powell-Mason cable car line is located just a few blocks away.
It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the western United States, and is known for being the location of the Fisherman’s Wharf (Pier 39), the Cannery Shopping Center (Ghirardelli Square), the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum (Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf), the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, and the Musée Mécanique.
Sizable numbers of seafood restaurants can be found in the immediate area, including the Forbes Island floating restaurant at Pier 39 and others that serve fresh seafood. While other restaurants, including Fishermen’s Grotto, Pompei’s Grotto, and Alioto’s, trace their lineage back three generations, many others, including Smith & Wollensky, stick around for ten or more years.
The numerous San Francisco events hosted at Fisherman’s Wharf include fireworks displays on Independence Day and during Fleet Week, as well as one of the best views of the Blue Angels during Fleet Week.