A panorama showing the entrance to the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. The park contains numerous historic ships, but even before getting there, as shown in this panorama, visitors are greeted with numerous shipping artifacts. Note the old steamship paddle wheel and an old ship's boiler shown in this picture. Entrance to the wharf is free, but access to the area with the historic ships is ticketed.
Maritime National Historical Park Entrance - San Francisco visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Maritime National Historical Park Entrance' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from California.
San Francisco's Maritime National Historical Park is run by the National Park Service and is a living museum with a fleet of historic ships. Star attractions include the Balclutha tall ship and the Eureka ferry-ship from the 19th century located at Hyde Street Pier, and the USS Pampanito submarine and the SS Jeremiah O'Brien from WWII next door at Pier 45. The C.A. Thayer and the Alma schooners and the Hercules and the Eppleton Hall tugboats are all berthed here included with the museum park.
Here at the entrance to the visitor center are a range of exhibits which include engine pieces and machinery used on board some of the ships. There is also a replica of the paddle wheel used by the Eureka ferry which paddle-steamed across the bay ferrying automobile and even railway carriages to connect with the tracks on the far shore.
From here at the entrance you can see back up the long straight streets along Hyde Street. Opposite the visitor center, just to the left of this location is the large sandy beach of the Aquatic Park next to Victoria Park, a grassy, tree-lined park set back from the Wharf - an excellent place to rest and take in the stunning harbour views.
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
2905 Hyde Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
Bus: North Point St & Hyde St (10, 20, 30, 47, 91)
Cable Car: Fisherman's Wharf
Light Train: Jones St & Beach St (F)