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

Hotel Manager’s Picks | October 2013

One of the busiest and well known attractions in North America, Fisherman's Wharf is best known for being the location of Pier 39, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, the Cannery, Ghirardelli Square, a Ripley's Believe it or Not museum, the Musée Mécanique, the Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf, Forbes Island and restaurants and stands that serve fresh seafood, most notably Dungeness crab and clam chowder served in a sourdough bread bowl.

Nearby for family fun you can visit our newest residents; three adorable river otters in their new home at the Aquarium of the Bay to watch them play and fish. Get outdoors and explore the city’s best beaches and parks. Crissy Field offers plenty of space to run and play as well as its Warming Hut bookstore and café for a quick lunch and education center to learn about the area. Build castles and or just take a stroll along Ocean Beach extending from the Cliff House to Fort Funston along the Pacific Ocean. Baker Beach is a mile long stretch at the base of the rugged cliffs west of the Golden Gate, offering impressive views of the expanse. Golden Gate Park is an adventure in itself with more than 1,000 acres of adventure: rent paddleboats at Stow Lake, race remote control boats at Spreckels Lake, see bison at the Bison Paddock or take a walk, ride bikes, take a Segway tour through the park and have a picnic.

Remember that the Bay Area has many micro climates, so it is recommended that you travel with some layers. Some of the most popular adventures are Sausalito-Tiburon located just minutes North of the Golden Gate Bridge accessible by bike, car, bus and ferry. Napa and Sonoma are approximately one hour North of the city with some of the best wines in the world waiting for you to taste, and Muir Woods a nature conservatory just 30 minutes North of the city that offers a redwood grove and hiking trails from the ocean to the top of Mount Tamalpais ready for the avid hiker.


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


Nike Women's Marathon
On October 20th, the Nike Women’s Marathon returns to the streets of San Francisco. Celebrating the 10th anniversary, 30,000 runners will tackle this challenging route that takes racers through some of the city’s most iconic neighborhoods. Union Square is the starting point and from there runners will battle the hills of San Francisco before making their way to the finish line just outside of Golden Gate Park. 


Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Golden Gate National Recreation Area is an 80,000 acre urban park that features more than two dozen natural, cultural and historical sites in and around San Francisco. The area begins where the Pacific Ocean meets the San Francisco bay, creating a vast coastal preserve that also includes Alcatraz Island and the Presidio of San Francisco. 

Discover the beauty of the redwoods at Muir Woods, and enjoy an abundance of plants and wildlife, including many that are native to this area. Tour operational and shuttered military facilities or simply enjoy miles of pristine hiking trails that feature incredible ocean views. Over 200 years of history can be found within Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Explore American Indian Culture, the California Gold Rush, maritime history and the expansion of the Spanish Empire. Whether you choose to explore by foot, bike, or kayak, this one of a kind park features something for everyone!

Ferry Building
The historic Ferry Building is located along the Embarcadero at the foot of Market Street and is home to many shops, restaurants and cafes. The Ferry Building is a vibrant display of San Francisco's best chefs and local farmers and celebrates food in all forms. The Ferry Building Marketplace is also home to the Ferry Plaza farmers market which is renowned throughout the country as one of the top farmers markets to visit.

Visit for more information.


Alioto – Lazio Seafood Emporium
Experience one of San Francisco’s oldest fine dining seafood restaurants and a true San Francisco landmark.  Located on Fisherman’s Wharf, this restaurant offers four different dining locations on property. Alioto’s serves a tantalizing selection of fresh seafood and specializes in traditional Sicilian recipes.

Alioto’s restaurant and private dining banquet rooms are located on the second and third floor and offer stunning harbor views. The Restaurant began as a fresh fish stall on San Francisco’s in 1925, and Alioto's Crab Stand still offers fresh crab on the sidewalks of Fisherman’s Wharf. Alioto's Waterside Café is located on the first floor and offers a more relaxed dining environment with both indoor and outdoor seating.

For reservations call: (415) 673-0183.


Quince at Jackson Square
Situated in San Francisco’s quaint Jackson Square Neighborhood, approximately a mile from the hotel, Quince is housed in an 1907 historically landmarked brick and timber building.

Quince features a daily changing Italian-inspired menu that celebrates the seasonal bounty of Northern California.

Chef Michael Tusk was recently recognized by the James Beard Foundation with the 2011 Beard award for "Best Chef – Pacific".


San Francisco Chronicle restaurant critic, Michael Bauer recently re-reviewed the restaurant and and in the process, upgraded the Pacific Avenue restaurant to a perfect four stars. It's an experience you shouldn't miss when in town.

Located on Pacific Avenue. For reservations call: (415) 775-8500.

Gary Danko Restaurant
Located in the heart of San Francisco’s most prominent residential districts, and less than half of a mile from our hotel, sits Gary Danko Restaurant.

Chef Gary Danko was recognized by the James Beard Foundation with the award for “Best Chef – California”. He is regarded as one of America’s most talented and respected chefs and has come to epitomize sophisticated contemporary cuisine.

The restaurant recently received its sixth Five Star rating from Mobil Travel Guide.

Located on 800 North Point at Hyde Street. For reservations call: (415) 749-6190


San Francisco Jazz Center Grand Opening
Full of shimmer and swing, San Francisco's sleek new jazz concert hall opened in January with an opening night gala emceed by Bill Cosby aimed at cementing respect for and expanding the reach of the jazz idiom on the West Coast.
Called SFJAZZ Center, the 700-seat specially designed and brightly lit concert hall is nestled in the heart of the city's arts district, the first concert hall of its type in the United States. With this spectacular new building, SFJAZZ will take its place alongside the Symphony, the opera and other major institutions, as a permanent home for jazz—America’s original, indigenous art form.


Enjoy great music at this new venue. For a comprehensive list of preformance and to order tickets only, visit


Japanese Tea Garden
San Francisco's Japanese Tea Garden was originally developed for the 1894 World's Fair in San Francisco and through the years the Garden has grown into a landmark of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

The Japanese Tea Gardens were designed to have a very romanticized look of a traditional Japanese garden. As a result, entering the Garden is like stepping into the world that you see in Asian paintings; a world that exists both inside and outside the hustle and bustle of life.


It is a peaceful, complex place many paths, ponds and a teahouse that features native Japanese and Chinese plants. Also hidden throughout its five acres are sculptures and bridges. About the only sound you hear are cameras clicking. Not only do the gardens have beautiful plants, but they also house many interesting animals as well. Every pond you pass (and there are many), you will find teeming with koi fish, and there are also many exotic birds.


Hitchcock week with the San Francisco Symphony

Spend Halloween weekend with the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchock. The partnership between Hitchcock and composer Bernard Herrmann as created some of cinema’s most profound musical moments. Experience the best in cinema- taken to a new level when accompanied by the San Francisco Symphony.


Fall Antiques Show

The San Francisco Fall Antiques show is the most prestigious antiques show on the west coast, and is recognized as one of the top five in the world. Over 10,000 collectors are set to attend this year’s show, held from October 24 – October 27. 60 dealers from across the world will showcase over 20 genres of art and antiques. Twice daily tours will be given for those who wish to gain a deeper knowledge of the history of works of art on display.

For Tickets:

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Hyde Street Pier – Balclutha ship
Located in the Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park offers the sights, sounds, smells and stories of Pacific Coast maritime history. The Balclutha Ship is a three-masted, steel-hulled, square-rigged ship that was built to carry a variety of cargo all over the world.

It arrived in San Francisco for the first time in 1887 after 140 at days at sea. The Balclutha was also featured in a movie, Mutiny on the Bounty, and exhibited as a pirate ship before being named a National Historic Landmark in 1985.

For more information call (415) 447-5000

Balclutha Ship

USS Pampanito
The USS Pampanito is a World War II Balao class Fleet submarine museum and memorial that is located in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf. The Pampanito made six patrols in the Pacific during World War II during which she sank six Imperial Japanese ships and damaged four others. This National Historic Landmark hosts over 100,000 visitors a year and is one of the most popular historic vessels in the country.

Located at Pier 45. For more information call (415) 775-1943.

Uss Pampanito

Walt Disney Family Museum
Celebrating their third anniversary, the Walt Disney Family Museum's three historic buildings within the nearby Presidio houses 10 galleries devoted to the inspiring story of Walt Disney, the creator of Mickey Mouse, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," Disneyland and the global yet distinctly American company that bears his name.

Disney's story is impressively portrayed through drawings, storyboards, the narrow-gauge train built for Disneyland along with film clips, concept art, scripts, musical scores and cameras used by Disney and his staff.


Using a mix of historic materials and artifacts, Disney's achievements really comes to life through innovative displays that include listening stations, interactive media, and more than 200 video monitors. Much of the material is being generously lent by the Walt Disney Company and private collectors.

Located at the nearby Presidio. For information and tickets call (415) 345-6893.

Aquarium of the Bay
Explore the magic, beauty and wonder of San Francisco Bay at Aquarium of the Bay. Your visit will take you through three main exhibit areas that display the amazing creatures that live beneath the surface of the San Francisco Bay and surrounding waters. The Aquarium is home to over 20,000 marine animals, and offers many interactive exhibits that allow you to feed and touch these dynamic underwater creatures.  

Located on Pier 39. For information and tickets call (415) 623-5300.

The Exploratorium is all about experiencing the excitement of experimentation, discovery and the power of understanding. The Exploratorium has six main galleries, and features 150 new exhibits for a total of 600. Each Gallery focuses on a different area of exploration and features interactive exhibits that reward your attention and challenge the way you think. Indulge your curiosity and ask your own questions as you play with the exhibits, and discover new ways to understand how our world works.

Located on Pier 15. For Tickets:


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