This panorama was taken from the Municipal Pier harbour wall around the Aquatic Park in San Francisco. The image was taken in the afternoon on an overcast day, and the view looks over San Francisco harbour. The skyline of San Francisco rises in the distance and the clouds over the bay just add to the scene.
Municipal Pier - San Francisco visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Municipal Pier' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from California.
Municipal Pier (or Horseshoe Pier) is where you find the pier fishermen in Fisherman's Wharf. The fishing fleet still venture into the bay after Dungeoness Crab, but this 1930's built stony Municipal Pier is where anglers line fish or hobbyists and families find rock crabs with bucket and spade. You can even see flying fish leaping out of the water.
This Municipal Pier is part of the harbour wall an encircles the sandy bay to protect the small fishing marina, the larger ship moorings and a beach at the 'Aquatic Park' in San Francisco. It is popular with tourists and offers panoramic views over the bay, Alcatraz and Angel Island. Local people often come to fish off the pier, and some swim within the park itself. In the distance you can just make out the Golden Gate Bridge.
On the far side of the Aquatic Park are the museum ships of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. The park contains a beach, and backs onto Victoria Park, where the turnaround for the cable car is found. Nearby is Ghirardelli square, famous for Ghirardelli which serves amazing chocolate drinks and deserts.
Corner of Van Ness Avenue and McDowell Road,
Fisherman's Wharf (west)
The Municipal Pier is next to the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, and protects a beach and moorings under the care of the National Parks Service.