The Violet Fog - Not *just* for Tourists: the Hidden Joys of Visiting the Wharf as a San Franciscan

The Violet Fog - Not *just* for Tourists: the Hidden Joys of Visiting the Wharf as a San Franciscan

SO MUCH FUN TO BE HAD. No, I’m not kidding. You are doing yourself a disservice if you live in SF and haven't treated yourself to a day at the actual bay. I feel SO LUCKY to have worked with the city’s waterfront for this article because it’s been a goal of mine to get actual San Franciscan’s excited about the wharf.

Just Marla - Things To Do In San Francisco This Weekend

Just Marla - Things To Do In San Francisco This Weekend

Fisherman’s Wharf is an iconic neighborhood in downtown San Francisco. From the Wharf, one can easily see postcard-worthy sights like Alcatraz Island, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Pier 39. You can find a souvenir shop on every street, a vendor selling fresh crab, along with the clam chowder that made Fisherman’s Wharf famous on every corner. San Francisco attractions like the Alcatraz Island Ferry/Tour, the arcade game museum Musée Mechanique, and the iconic Grotto 9 restaurant make the Fisherman’s Wharf a truly unique place to visit. Honestly, if 12 million people visit Fisherman’s Wharf each year, why shouldn’t you? Here are a few fun things to do in San Francisco this weekend.

What to Do When It Rains in San Francisco

What to Do When It Rains in San Francisco

“Views, ambiance and atmosphere are three of the top things visitors cite as being the reasons they love coming to Fisherman’s Wharf. Our tag line is ‘something for everybody’ as that is quite literally true. Museums, historic ships, a National Park Visitor Center, sea lions, attractions, boat cruises, PIER 39, Ghirardelli Square, numerous restaurants, art galleries, and a budding nightlife scene means that anybody can find something to do here that is of interest to them.

How to Spend the Morning in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf with Kids - Henry and Andrew's Guide

How to Spend the Morning in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf with Kids - Henry and Andrew's Guide

Beat the crowds and spend the morning in Fisherman’s Wharf! Sea lions, street performers, arcade games and crab for breakfast – all before your kid’s nap time!

Going to the Fisherman’s Wharf in the morning is the best – the Fisherman’s Wharf gets pretty crowded any day of the week, every season – but not so much at 9am! (The big crowds tend to come around after 11am.) There is plenty to do here in the early mornings before the crowd comes out. The morning is the best time to explore this amazingly touristy Fisherman’s Wharf. We did all of this in one morning – all before a big family nap. 

7 Fun Reasons to Visit San Francisco’s Fishermans Wharf Again - Never Too Old To Travel

7 Fun Reasons to Visit San Francisco’s Fishermans Wharf Again - Never Too Old To Travel

If you haven’t visited San Francisco’s Fishermans Wharf in many years or at best you have been an infrequent visitor; you are missing out on some exciting changes to this popular destination. During my recent media trip to Fishermans Wharf, I was amazed by how much things have changed in the past 15 years (yes 15 years) since I last visited.

Fishermans Wharf Where the Locals Go - Nancy D Brown

Fishermans Wharf Where the Locals Go - Nancy D Brown

If you live in San Francisco, it’s the city everyone wants to visit. The first place visitors want to go see is Fisherman’s Wharf and Ghiradelli Square. We all have our list of the best things to see and do in San Francisco, but everyone wants to know where the locals go. The Mission is a great place to hang out, eat Mexican food and see some cool murals and Golden Gate Park or the Castro are not to be missed, but if you want to visit Alcatraz or listen to the sea lions while eating fresh Dungeness crab, you’ll want to visit the places in Fisherman’s Wharf where the locals go.

6 Must See Attractions At San Francisco’s Newly Revitalized Fisherman’s Wharf - The Disney Gals

6 Must See Attractions At San Francisco’s Newly Revitalized Fisherman’s Wharf - The Disney Gals

Over the decades, much has changed about one of the travel destination that tops everyone’s list but what hasn’t changed is the charm and atmosphere of Fisherman’s Wharf and there’s no better time than now than to gather the family and head to San Francisco’s historic waterfront district, which now boasts the perfect blend of old and new seamlessly blended into one.

Sea Lions and Sourdough at Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco - Strangers in the Living Room

Sea Lions and Sourdough at Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco - Strangers in the Living Room

What’s the catch of the day at Fisherman’s Wharf? People. But you don’t have to feel lost in the crowd at San Francisco’s busiest tourist attraction, thanks to people like our Featured Stranger, Gabrielle “Gabby” Jones.

SF Examiner - ‘Renaissance’ underway at SF’s Fisherman’s Wharf

SF Examiner - ‘Renaissance’ underway at SF’s Fisherman’s Wharf

There’s a lot of new stuff happening in Fisherman’s Wharf, and the place is not just for tourists. That’s the mantra of Rachel Brown of the Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District, a group of business and property owners aimed at enhancing San Francisco’s waterfront and enriching visitors’ experiences in the 30-block, 143-acre region that got its name in the late 19th century, when Italian immigrant fishermen came to The City.

The Renaissance of San Francisco's Fisherman’s Wharf - Journeys of Discovery NPR Podcast

The Renaissance of San Francisco's Fisherman’s Wharf - Journeys of Discovery NPR Podcast

San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf is one of the City’s iconic destinations for tourists from around the world, along with Alcatraz, Chinatown, Union Square and Coit Tower. Join Tom Wilmer in San Francisco for a visit with Rachel Brown, Marketing and Communications Director for the Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District.

Listen Now: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/journeys-of-discovery-with-tom-wilmer/id1137262178?mt=2&i=1000393915273