San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Located at the west end of San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf, this park includes the fleet of national historic landmark vessels at Hyde Street Pier, a visitor center, a maritime museum, and a maritime library. Visitors can board turn-of-the-century ships, tour the museum and learn traditional arts -- like boatbuilding and woodworking. The Park offers educational, music and craft programs for all ages, and provides unique opportunities for docents, interns and volunteers to learn more about the nation's maritime heritage. Walk onto the pier to visit the park's collection of floating historic ships and for breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge. Participate in park ranger-led interpretive programs such as "Small Craft on Hyde Street Pier," "Bird Watching for Children and Beginners," "Historic Waterfront Walking Tour," and a tour below decks of the Eureka ferryboat. Observe and join in on sail demonstrations aboard the Balclutha, including setting the staysail.
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From the South Bay (San Francisco International Airport/US101): Take 101 north. Follow the signs to 101 North Golden Gate Bridge. Take the Mission Street exit, at the bottom of the ramp follow the bulk of the traffic going right on Mission Street, two blocks later again follow the bulk of the cars left on Van Ness Avenue, follow Van Ness Avenue (north) about 30 blocks. Turn right on North Point Street (east), then turn left on Polk Street. The Museum Building is straight ahead.
From the East Bay (Bay Bridge): Take the first San Francisco exit (from either the left or right lanes -- Fremont Street or Harrison Street). At the bottom of the ramp turn right (north). Turn left onto the Embarcadero. Follow the flow of traffic past Pier 39 and on to Jefferson Street. Hyde Street Pier is about 5 blocks up on the right. To reach the Museum Building, continue on the Embarcadero. Turn left on to North Point Street