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Things to Do in Fisherman's Wharf | Hotel Manager's Picks

Hotel Manager’s Picks | April 2014

With the weather starting to warm up, April is a perfect month to take advantage of our waterside location. There is so much to see and do in the Fisherman’s Wharf area associated with the waterfront. Here are some of my favorites:

Red and White Fleet Tours - Our friends at Red and White Fleet have been providing excellent cruises of San Francisco Bay since 1892. This family owned business is run by Tom Escher, grandson of the founder, who has been involved since 1960. April marks their summer season with the start of the California Sunset Cruise. Enjoy the sunset on this 2 hour trip which goes past Alcatraz Island, under the Golden Gate Bridge, around Angel Island and past Tiburon and Sausalito. Appetizers and drinks are available on board. See our concierge for advance tickets. Board at Pier 43 ½.
Red and White Fleet (415) 673-2900

San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park – this is a very special collection of historic ships, exhibits and artifacts surrounding the maritime history of San Francisco and Fisherman’s Wharf. It is run by the US National Park Service. Start your visit at the Visitors Center located at 499 Jefferson Street. Park Rangers can help you plan your visit including the museum, historic ships located on Hyde Street Pier and the Aquatic Park.
San Francisco Maritime National Park (415) 447-5000

USS Jeremiah O’Brien and USS Pampanito – these World War II-era ships are open to the public at Pier 45. The USS Jeremiah O’Brien is the last of the Liberty ships still in original operational condition. Virtually the entire ship from engine room to flying bridge can be seen by visitors. USS Pampanito is a Balboa class submarine which operated in the Pacific and was responsible for the sinking of 6 Imperial warships and damaging 4 others during its 6 patrols. It is scheduled to go into dry dock for its 7 year makeover after the summer. Separate admissions apply.
USS Jeremiah O’Brien (415) 441-6872; USS Pampanito (415) 775-1943

Dining with a Water View – after all this fresh salt air, you are bound to be hungry. I would go down to Butterfly at Pier 33 on the Embarcadero. Cuisine is Pan-Asian and the waterfront location is second to none. Try the Bloody Mary oyster shooters.
Butterfly (415) 864-8999

Michael Hirsch
To learn more about things to do in Fisherman's Wharf during your stay, visit our San Francisco Events page on our website for details of some of the more interesting events that are happening in San Francisco this month. Regardless of what you have planned, enjoy visiting our beautiful city.

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Happy Travels ... Michael Hirsch, General Manager


Alcatraz National Park
'Alcatraz' is Spanish for pelican, but to its inmates it was simply known as 'the Rock'. The West Coast's first lighthouse was built here in 1854, but it was soon decided that the island's isolated setting made it perfect for a prison. It became a military jail in the 1870s, but it wasn't until it was converted into a high-security federal penitentiary in 1934 that the name Alcatraz became an international symbol of punishment. Despite being in operation for less than 30 years, Alcatraz remains fixed in the popular imagination as the ultimate penal colony. Today, its ominous prison buildings are no longer used (its last inmates left in 1963), but the craggy outcrop, now a National Park, lures over a million visitors each year.

Advance reservations are a must


Haas- Lilienthal House
Built in 1886 by Bavarian immigrant William Haas, this 28-room house has elaborate wooden gables and a circular tower, clearly marking it as being in the Queen Anne style. Fully restored and filled with period furniture, it also has photos documenting its history and that of the family that lived in it until 1972. It's maintained by San Francisco Architectural Heritage, which also organizes walking tours.


San Francisco Zoo
The Zoo is also worth the trip out to the Outer Sunset district. Highlights include the Hearst Grizzly Gulch and the Jones Family Gorilla Preserve. It is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. San Francisco Zoo








Beach Street Grill

Start your morning off right with breakfast from this neighborhood favorite. Beach Street Grill specializes in organic ingredients and friendly service.

380 Beach Street (415) 867‐1711


Located in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District, Commonwealth is a progressive American restaurant. Chef Jason Fox takes a decidedly global approach to California's tradition of showcasing local, seasonal foods by incorporating diverse culinary ingredients and techniques.

2224 Mission Street (415) 355-1500

Hog Island Oyster Co
Local oysters, crab and freshest seafood in the Ferry Building.

1 Ferry Building Marketplace #11. (415) 391‐7117

Beach Street Grill



Project Zen
Voted Best of the Bay for the second year in a row by readers of the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Project Zen offers both Eastern and Western massage treatments.  This is a great way to really relax and get into that San Francisco state of mind. Project Zen is located close by on 325 Bay Street.

Reservations are encouraged (415) 500-4777 or book through our concierge.

Project Zen

Stroll over to GoCarTours and rent a two-seater GoCar. Get directions to Twin Peaks, the highest elevation in the city with spectacular views of San Francisco, the bridges and the East Bay. Pick up a picnic lunch at Lucca Delicatessen at 2120 Chestnut Street. GoCar is at 431 Beach Street.

Call 800.914.6227 for more information.


The Suit
American Conservatory Theatre is staging The Suit from April 23 –May 18 on their main stage. Legendary director Peter Brook (The Tragedy of Hamlet, 2001) brings to the stage a parable about forgiveness set in apartheid South Africa. Combining a rich musical score with a remarkably simple staging, The Suit follows a cuckolded husband who doles out an unusual punishment to his wife: he asks that she treat her lover’s abandoned suit as a guest of honor in their home. At once charming and disquieting, The Suit has been called “pretty close to perfect” by The New York Times.

The Suit



Golden Gate Park Children’s Quarter
Located in the city's famous park, Koret Children's Quarter is recognized as the country's oldest playground. Home to a carousel, a giant rope structure, a climbing wall, and historic concrete slides built into the hillside, there's something for every child. And every kid at heart.

Childrens Quarter

Creativity Carousel
Yerba Buena Gardens is a hot spot destination for childhood fun, and for good reason. The century-old carousel reopens April 25 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. This is part of the Children’s Creativity Museum complex which also includes a playground, children's museum, interactive water features, and gardens.

Creativity Carousel


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Ring in the New Year with a spectacular waterfront fireworks display over the San Francisco Bay. This is a free, family event that begins at Midnight. There are many great spots to view the show; however the best public viewing spots are located along the Embarcadero and south of the Ferry Building.