San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is located in San Francisco, California along the San Francisco Bay shoreline in the Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood.
Since San Francisco Maritime does not cover a large area, walking is the best way to get around. City streets are adjacent to the park but no public road goes through it. There is no parking lot, and street parking is limited. Using public transportation is an excellent way to visit, and the turnaround for one of the famous cable car lines (Hyde) is in the park.
Main Resources of the Park
♦ A fleet of historic vessels are moored at Hyde Street Pier, an extension of Hyde Street. The ships are open to visitors year-round. A short, level walk to the end of the pier rewards visitors with great views of San Francisco Bay.
♦ The Visitor Center, located across the street from Hyde Street Pier, features information and award-winning exhibits.
♦ Just outside the Visitor Center is an open, grassy area overlooking the Aquatic Park cove and beach with access to the water’s edge. Visitors can see breathtaking views to the north of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz Island, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Sausalito in Marin County.
♦ Two blocks away from the Visitor Center is the Maritime Museum in the Aquatic Park Bathhouse building.
♦ The Maritime Research Center, located in Fort Mason Center, is a 10-minute walk from Hyde Street Pier through Aquatic Park. Appointments are required.
Last updated: April 20, 2016