One of San Francisco’s main tourist attractions in on the waterfront at the north end of the Embarcadero, Fisherman's Wharf is at the center of many maritime and visitor attractions, including the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Area. Fisherman's Wharf was created for deep draft sailing ships and the local commercial fishing fleet. From the days of the Gold Rush until the turn of the Century, the San Francisco fishing fleet was composed of lateen-rigged sailboats.
Fisherman’s Wharf, which has been the home of San Francisco’s colorful fishing fleet for nearly a century and a quarter, is world famous for its wide variety of ocean fish. Much of this fame is due to the annual harvest of that most delectable of all crustaceans, the Dungeness crab of San Francisco. Sourdough bread and fresh seafood are favorite purchases on the Wharf.
One can easily walk to all Fisherman’s Wharf attractions, restaurants and shopping centers. Pedicabs, horse drawn carriages, or the F-line, (Market St.), streetcar will escort also escort visitors to their destination. Taxis, limousines, cable cars, rental car agencies and city buses meet all other transportation needs. Parking is available in public lots along Beach, North Point, Bay and Francisco streets.