Originally a ferry terminal, Hyde Street Pier is now a part of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Located at 2905 Hyde St. on the western end of the Fisherman’s Wharf, the pier facilitates captivating views to the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco Bay and the waterfront. It acts as San Francisco’s maritime heritage point displaying iconic historic ships from the eighteenth and nineteenth century including Balclutha, Hercules and Eureka.
The pier also gives self-guided and docent-led tours to the historic fleet of ships as well as rides to steam-powered ferries and tug boats. The all-encompassing Maritime Park can be visited for its Visitor Center, Maritime Museum, Maritime Research Center, and Aquatic Park Historic Center. The park also provides educational programs revealing the maritime heritage of the country, stories of the Pacific coast maritime along with ranger-tours and hands-on exhibits.
Lying in close vicinity is Buena Vista Cafe on 2765 Hyde St. which serves always-in-demand Irish-coffee. Also, world- famous seafood stalls of Fisherman’s Wharf can be enjoyed at reasonable prices with a variety of crabs, fried seafood, and shrimp salad sandwiches.