Visit the Gump. Fisherman's Warf is a fun aera to visit while your in town! they have live entertainment for the kids and adults, Lots of shops and places to from oranges to steaks. I was there in July 2002 and eat at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Factory. The people there are so cool they come around to your tables and you play a question game with the table next to you about facts from the movie"watch the movie again before you go"
I wonder WHY. When I have guests from my home country, and this happens several time a year, I always take them through tens of spots, view points and other gorgeous places in the City. Soemtimes I take them to Fisherman's Wharf. After a while I ask them: can you tell why all this crowd here? They usually don't have an answer (except for the sea lions) but they like the idea that this crowd wasn't in the great places they have previously visited.
very TOURISTY indeed!. You can see/experience everything San Francisco has, here at Fishermans Wharf! At the waterfront, you could go to Pier 39, and take cruises to see the bay bridge, see alcatraz, & MANY other places (i dont remember them all) There are stores along the waterfront, where you can do tourist shopping. Walking westward is Ghirardhelli square where you could have a taste of their ice cream (yummy i might add) as well as trying some Irish coffee over at the Buena Vista! There are also horses that provide little rides around the waterfront, but of course you'd have to pay. These are only the few things that Fishermans Wharf can provide, there is SO much more i can't name!! It's a MUST! I might add however, the food can be fairly expensive, so I stick to my clam chouder in a bread bowl, they've got the BEST there!!!
Fish, Sourdough, Alcatraz, Golden Gate. Fresh fish, fresh clam chowder in a sourdough bowl, everything that San Francisco is known for can be found or seen from here
Skip it. In such a beautiful city with so many things to do, why waste time at Fisherman's Wharf? It's expensive (except for the trashy cheap T-shirt shops), crowded, and not representative of the rest of the city. The fish restaurants there are the worst in the city, and the other restaurants are merely chains that populate every other city in the nation. Do yourself a favor and walk around North Beach and Russian Hill (two neighboring areas) instead, and you'll definitely experience SF's beauty and unique character.
This smelly, noisy, crowded, expensive carnival attraction must have been custom designed to fleece sucker tourist out of their hard earned dollars. This is the LAST place in San Francisco any tourist should go.
There are maybe four or five good restaurants in the area (out of dozens), and all of them are mediocre values at best. The worst dumps in North Beach are better than the average restaurant on the Wharf. The views of the Bay are alright, but Chrissy Field has better - and without the obnoxious crowds. The shopping here is absolutely pathetic - $15 t-shirts? Give me a break. Visit Union Square and environs downtown instead, for the best shopping this side of New York.
I'm sure you can find crowded, smelly, overpriced attractions back where you live - why waste your time (and your money) in San Francisco on a dump like this?
You'll leave your heart in San Francisco. I live 15 minutes from the "city by the bay" but it's ALWAYS exciting! If family or friends come to visit, the Wharf is one of the 'necessary trips'. Here you can find great seafood, talented street performers and beautiful views! Take a day and just do it.......
My rating. This is essential San Francisco. Down by the waterfront - the cable cars, the sea, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate in the background.
Tourist fun for locals. Taking a long walk with best friend I ended up on the wharf. Although the sleugh of seafood stalls made her stomach turn it was fun checking out the tourists and strolling along the wharf...I even bought my niece a t-shirt. I always wondered where all the tourists go after I watch them leave the airport.
Touristy, but fun. To call this a tourist trap is a bit much. Yes, it appeals to tourists. But there's plenty to see -- and it's free. If it's crab season, it's fun to get one right after it's been boiled, and have it cracked and cleaned right in front of your eyes. Throw in a loaf of sourdough and a bottle of red wine and you've got a meal made in heaven.
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