Pier 39 - Sealions and Submarines

Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco

Ever since fisherman first hauled out of Pier 39, sea lions have bellyflopped on the docks. More marine life can be seen at the Aquarium of the Bay, while street performers, fairground rides and an array of boat trips on the Bay thrill visitors.

Pier 39 offers all the fun of the fair, and more. While the sunbathing sealions may draw in the crowds, visitors can visit the aquarium, get lost in a mirror maze, ride the carousel, learn some tricks at a magic show or get a thrill ride at the 7-D cinema. Out in the Bay, Pier 39 serves as a yacht and ferry dock - with over 300 boats docked guests can get an adrenaline rush sailing with professionals aboard an International America's Cup sailing yacht (www.scsailingsf.com), take a catamaran out to the Gulf of the Farallones for a whale watching trip(www.sanfranciscowhaletours.com) or see the highlights and learn the history of the Bay on a 12-passenger rib (bayvoyager.com). Close by at Pier 45 you can explore the WWII submarine that survived six tours of duty and listen to the tales of the stealthy USS Pampanito. Visit www.pier39.com for more information.

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