Tuesday, September 23, 2014

San Francisco Fun: Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39!

Yes I know I went to San Francisco back in June. But I still have so many posts about it! So bear with me as I posts these randomly! ;-)

One day we went to Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39! This was the day we rode the BART into the city from my friend Stephanie's town. It was quite the experience for sure! There are some weirdos that ride the BART lol! We made sure to keep the kiddos at hands reach!



We also rode the cable cars from Union Square to Fisherman's Wharf on this day. If you missed my post about the cable cars you can read it HERE!


Once we got off the cable car it was a short walk to Fisherman's Wharf. And it was freezing! I will always remember how cold we were! We only packed light jackets with us but no pants. Andy bought the boys some pants while we were waiting for the cable cars in Union Square. He also bought some for me but they were way too big so we ended up taking them back later that day. I ended up buying a super expensive pair of skinny jeans in one of the souvenir shops! I didn't care though...I was soooo cold!


There were all kinds of things to see on the walk to Fisherman's Wharf! There are tons of shops down there as well as tons of yummy restaurants! You could smell fresh bread and clam chowder everywhere it seemed!


And there's the famous sign!!!


There were views of the water everywhere! And there are different numbered piers everywhere too! It was just a really cool atmosphere all around! But you had to watch out for those seagulls! They were everywhere and wanted your food if you had any! They were not shy about coming right up to you!

View of Alcatraz in the distance. Unfortunately we couldn't visit Alcatraz because tickets had been sold out for about a month!

After a lunch picnic on one of the piers we headed towards our tourist attraction for the day. We were going on a Duck Tour of San Francisco. But that deserves a post all on its own so I will tell you about it another day! :-) After the Duck Tour we starting walking around some more. And we headed towards Pier 39 to see the sea lions!

The views of the city from the pier were amazing! I just couldn't get enough!


And we saw Alcatraz from different angles too! It was just gorgeous!



Our first view of Pier 39!


You could hear the sea lions barking way before you could see them! It was a really cool sound! The kids were so excited! There weren't a ton of sea lions there though. Supposedly we weren't there in the peak time. Stephanie and her family came in the spring and she said every dock was filled with them! But at least we got to see some of them. And they were pretty awesome animals! It was fun watching them move and play! And it was crazy how they just piled on top of each other!








More spectacular views of the city including Coit Tower, Alcatraz, and The Golden Gate Bridge!!!






The kids all loved playing on this monument of the sea lions! 



After seeing the sea lions we stopped for a snack break. Then we visited some of the souvenir shops so the boys could spend some of their money that the grandparents had given them. Then we headed towards Ghirardelli Square.  

I'll continue with Ghirardelli Square next time!

QOTD: Have you ever visited Fisherman's Wharf or Pier 39 in San Francisco?

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