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Pier 39 Sea Lions

San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
14 Kudos
The historic Pier 39 in San Francisco is a popular and fun attraction to visit during your trip to San Francisco. Pier 39 is located on San Francisco picturesque waterfront near the Fisherman's Wharf and offers an array of fun activities along with delicious waterfront seafood restaurants and unique shopping stores. But probably one of the most popular attractions on Pier 39 is the famous sea lions who spend their days leisurely basking in the sun on floating docks and loudly barking at each other. There are usually hundredth of sea lions to see, however during the months of June and July, most of the sea lions abandon Pier 39 and head south to breeding grounds.
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Argonaut Hotel
Beautiful upscale hotel with breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge and within a walking distance from Pier 39.
Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco
Upscale hotel with superb location in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf.

Points of interest

Sea Lion Viewing Area
California sea lions are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act and it is unlawful to feed or touch them. Please enjoy them at a distance and be respectful of sea lions territory.
Sea Lion Viewing Area
Winter season is the best time to see more than a thousand of sea lions sitting on top of each other on floating docks.
Aquarium of the Bay
Absolutely stunning aquarium with multiple levels and a perfect location near Pier 39.
Sea Lion Center
Sea Lion Center is a fun place to learn about sea lions while exploring interactive displays and presentations.


Crab House at Pier 39
If you love crab, this is the place to go! Delicious restaurant with tons of creative crab dishes.
Swiss Louis Italian & Seafood Restaurant
This tasty restaurant is always crowded because of freshest seafood, tasty Italian dishes and breathtaking views from floor-to-ceiling windows.
Fog Harbor Fish House
One of the most delicious seafood restaurants on Pier 39 with mouthwatering menu and spectacular views of the Bay.

Special activities

The best place to view sea lions is all the way at the end of the Pier either on the upper or lower levels.

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