History of PIER 39
August, 1977 - PIER 39 breaks ground. Authentic 1910 wood from Piers 34 and 3 are used to erect the new structure.
October 4, 1978 – PIER 39 opens on schedule to fanfare in San Francisco. Originally, PIER 39 had 23 restaurants, 50 stores, a diving pool and street performers.
August, 1981 - Moor + South acquires property, forming the PIER 39 Limited Partnership.
May, 1983 - Diving pool at Bay End of The PIER replaced with Venetian Carousel from inside Palace of Fun Arts.
January, 1989 - PIER 39 is named the third most-visited attraction in the country by USA Today.
January, 1990 – California sea lions begin arriving in droves on PIER 39′s K Dock, creating a local and international sensation. To date, the population has grown as high as 1,701.
April, 1996 - Underwater World (now Aquarium of the Bay) opens to the public.
July, 1998 - PIER 39 “Best Place to People Watch (San Francisco)” and “Best Video Games Arcade” as voted by the San Francisco Chronicle‘s Readers’ Choice competition.
February, 1999 - Forbes Island, the world’s only man-made, floating island restaurant, opens in PIER 39′s West Marina.
July, 1999 - PIER 39 “Best Place to People Watch (San Francisco)” as voted by the San Francisco Chronicle’s Readers’ Choice competition.
May, 2002 - Riptide Arcade family entertainment center opens with more than 100 video games, virtual reality units, novelty and prize redemption games.
August, 2002 - Hard Rock Cafe opens.
October, 2003 - PIER 39 celebrates its 25th anniversary on San Francisco’s historic waterfront.
April, 2005 - Theatre 39 begins featuring live theatrical performances.
May, 2007 – Fog Harbor Fish House opens.
December, 2008 – Arrival of the new, two-story San Francisco Carousel hand-crafted in Italy with renderings of its home city.
May, 2009 - Blue and Gold Fleet officially debuts RocketBoat, the all new thrill ride on San Francisco Bay. RocketBoat is open seasonally (May through October).
July, 2009 - Riptide Arcade is remodeled into Players Sports Grill & Arcade.
October, 2009 - Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze opens.
November, 2009 - 1,701 Sea Lions haul out on PIER 39’s K-Dock. Six new floats are added to accommodate the sudden influx of these marine mammals.
January, 2010 - Aquarium of the Bay obtains non-profit status after it is acquired by The Bay Institute.
September, 2010 – Hana Zen Japanese Grill & Sushi Bar opens.
May, 2011 – A newly remodeled Swiss Louis Italian & Seafood Restaurant opens with a new menu.
August, 2011 – The Spice & Tea Exchange debuts at PIER 39.
October, 2011 – Beer 39, featuring beer tasting and beer-related gifts, opens on Level 2 of PIER 39.
October, 2011 – Aquarium of the Bay opens The Bay Theater which features a full line-up of daily film programs featuring award-winning documentaries, animated shorts and beyond, on ocean-lover favorite topics including sharks, whales, surfing, marine life conservation and San Francisco Bay ecology.
August, 2012 – Wine Tasting on the Bay joins the PIER 39 Marina.
October, 2012 – Mangos Taqueria & Cantina, Club Tattoo, 7D Experience and SOLVE IT: Think Out of the Box all open their doors at PIER 39.
October, 2013 – PIER 39 celebrates its 35th anniversary on San Francisco’s historic waterfront.