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39 Pier # 101
San Francisco, CA 94133+1016
Pier 39 Description
Pier 39 is one of those tourist traps that locals love to hate -- except we, too, go there to see our beloved sea lions. They sprawl -- and brawl, and bark -- on the dock that runs along the west side of the pier. More sea life awaits at the revamped Aquarium of the Bay, where you walk through clear plastic tubes lying underneath the water's surface. Few kids can remain blase when face to face with a shark.
School-Age Kids: Budding scientists will enjoy stopping by the aquarium's Marine Mammal Center's kiosk, where staff field questions about sea lion behavior.
- Go for a spin. Leave extra time to ride the carousel, with its depictions of San Francisco landmarks.
Just the Facts
Hours: Summer: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. Other seasons: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Mon.-Thu.; 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday-Sunday.
Fees: Under $10
Recommended Time: Half day