Fisherman's Wharf, the former site of San Francisco's port, is a tourist hotspot which still maintains some of its authenticity.
In 1853 the first port of San Francisco was built here; quickly it became an important maritime center for the distribution of fresh fish until 1950, when the arrival of modern technology caused the bay area to deteriorate. Many of the fishing industries in the area declared bankruptcy or were forced to relocate.
Fisherman's Wharf is a great place to do many different activities; you can visit the old Aquarium of the Bay, explore the ins and outs of the Pampanito Submarine Museum, go into the history of World War II by touring the decks and cabins of the SS Jeremiah O`Brien Ship, revisit the past with the games at the "Musée Mécanique" or take a ferry across the bay.
Pier 39 is the best known part of Fisherman's Wharf in that you can find one of its biggest attractions, dozens of sea lions that frolic and sunbathe while emitting their special grunts that can be heard from far away.
If you would like to eat in the area and you like eating fish, the best idea is to go to one of the street stands that prepare crab cocktails and fresh fish to suit all tastes.
Visiting Fisherman's Wharf is not just essential, it’s mandatory in that it is one of the liveliest and most interesting areas in San Francisco. You should take your time when you visit, strolling around and enjoying its many beautiful spots.