RocketBoat, the only speedboat on the Bay, gives visitors a chance to take in spectacular views of San Francisco and the City skyline in a whole new way—through twists, turns, and spirals! Enjoy a 30-minute rush-enhanced with a classic Rock‘n’Roll soundtrack and a live narration from your daredevil captain and crew. RocketBoat runs seasonally May-October. Children must be 40” tall to ride. If you’re looking for a calmer way to take on the Bay, Blue & Gold Fleet’s famous one-hour Bay Cruise Adventure sails along the City’s waterfront, past the PIER 39 sea lions, under the Golden Gate Bridge, by Sausalito, past Angel Island and around Alcatraz, providing one of the most picturesque ways to travel the Bay. The Bay Cruise also features a multi-language audio tour accessible through your Wi-Fi enabled device. Trying to get somewhere? You can also hop aboard a ferry and make your way to Sausalito, Tiburon and Angel Island. Adventure Cat Sailing Charters lets you experience the best in San Francisco sailing aboard a state-of-the-art catamaran. Legendary sunset sails and relaxing afternoon Bay cruises are the perfect way to see the breathtaking San Francisco City skyline, Alcatraz Island, and go under the Golden Gate Bridge. Consistently voted among the top five things to do in San Francisco, Adventure Cat Sailing Charters combines the romance of the City with the adventure of the sea. Sailing Charters sail from March 1st through the end of November. San Francisco Whale Tours offer exciting all-day whale watching expeditions to the Gulf of the Farallons. San Francisco Whale Tours give passengers an exciting adventure that they will never forget aboard a 65’ eco-friendly catamaran for a safe and comfortable ride. Knowledgeable naturalists lead the adventure to illuminate the whale watching expedition. In February 2011, San Francisco Whale Tours discovered a pod of 10-15 Orca whales during their great grey migration tour! As the San Francisco Bay Area prepares for the arrival of the 34th America’s Cup, visitors have the opportunity to sail on a former America’s Cup racing yacht, ACsailingSF. For those with a craving for speed, adrenaline and the latest America’s Cup technology, this is the ride for you! Sail in the 85-foot, 20-passenger USA 76, Challenger for the 2003 America’s Cup. USA 76 was previously owned and raced by ORACLE Racing in their challenge for the 2003 America’s Cup in Auckland, New Zealand. Two additional water attractions joined The PIER: Bay Voyager, a 28-foot custom RIB (rigid-hulled inflatable boat) that provides passengers with an unforgettable and unique tour of historic landmarks, ecological sights and sounds, and stunning landscapes of the memorable San Francisco Bay, and Wine Tasting on the Bay, the bay’s first and only floating winetasting room.
Back on Land
Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals & Tours offer a unique way to take in the Bay with a fun and enjoyable activity for the beginner to the advanced rider. Pedal on the new and scenic National Park Bike Path from Fisherman’s Wharf to the Golden Gate Bridge, cross the bridge on the sidewalk, then coast downhill into Sausalito and Tiburon before catching the ferry back to PIER 39. Try your hand at some aerial acrobatics at Frequent Flyers, a fun-filled bungee trampoline for all ages, offering guests a safe jump up to 20 feet in the air! Jumpers must be at least 30 pounds and under 230 pounds. Test your senses with a walk through Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze, where you’ll be challenged to find your way through infinite hallways, endless circles and dead-ends of the most fascinating maze in San Francisco. Players Sports Grill & Arcade is San Francisco’s only arcade and sports grill, boasting 12,000 square feet of games, dining, drinks and Bay views. Players has more than 100 video games and is home to the Luau Lounge, San Francisco’s only waterfront Tiki Bar. The San Francisco Carousel, handcrafted in Italy, intricately depicts hand-painted scenes from famous San Francisco landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, Chinatown, Lombard Street, Alcatraz and the PIER 39 sea lions, all illuminated by 1,800 LED lights. Hop on one of 32 animals to ride including sea dragons, sea lions, dolphins, panda bears, and of course, horses, all accompanied by traditional organ music. Pick up the pace and experience the thrill of a roller coaster and excitement of an interactive shooting gallery—all without leaving your seat—at 7D Experience. 7D Experience is the most advanced film attraction in the world and the first of its kind in North America. Also be sure to check out 7D Experience’s Laser Maze Challenge. Don’t forget to make your own music on the Musical Stairs!
Catch a Show
PIER 39 is the perfect place to watch San Francisco’s world-famous street performers. These multi-talented tricksters, magicians, jugglers and comedians entertain PIER 39 visitors daily at the smartwater Stage, located at the Bay End of PIER 39. Local musicians also entertain guests in the PIER 39 Entrance Plaza. Shows are free to the public, and the daily schedule can be found at pier39.com.
Explore the Bay
Aquarium of the Bay brings you up close and personal with sharks, rays, jellies and 20,000 aquatic animals, as well as some land-dwelling creatures. Walk through 300 feet of crystal clear tunnels as local aquatic animals swim overhead. View graceful gliding moon jellies and pacific sea nettles, and enjoy hands-on animal interactions with leopard sharks, sea stars, rays, skates, turtles and others. Visitors can also participate in special presentations at the PG&E Bay Lab, an interactive climate change exhibit, and check out shark feeding presentations and other special activities. In 2013, three North American river otters joined Aquarium of the Bay for Otters: Watershed Ambassadors, which features the animals in a recreation of their natural habitat. The Sea Lions camped out in PIER 39’s West Marina have been endearingly coined PIER 39’s “Sea Lebrities.” The boisterous barking pinnipeds started arriving in droves in January 1990, shortly after the Loma Prieta earthquake. At first they numbered from ten to 50, but due to a plentiful herring supply, available dock space and the marina’s protective environment, the population grew to more than 300 within a few months. During the summer months, the sea lions migrate south to the Channel Islands for breeding season, but a small group stays year-round at PIER 39’s K-Dock. If you’re looking to learn more about the California sea lions, visit the new Sea Lion Center, located on Level 2 of PIER 39, overlooking K-Dock. The Sea Lion Center, operated and managed by Aquarium of the Bay, is a hub for all things sea lion, including interactive displays, educational videos and many fascinating presentations led by Aquarium of the Bay Naturalists. Touch a sea lion pelt, size yourself up next to a real sea lion skeleton and more. The Sea Lion Center is open daily from 10am – 4pm.
For complete details on attractions at PIER 39, visit pier39.com/attractions.