Activities on The Bay - PIER 39

Activities on The Bay

PIER 39 has some of the best water excursions in San Francisco. With the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges in our backyard, along with Alcatraz Island, you’re guaranteed world-class views! Get ready to have a good time discovering the Bay with many attractions to choose from.


Become part of the crew with ACsailingSF as you help with the ‘hoist’ and take your turn as a ‘grinder’. Sail on a former racing yacht that won the 2003 America’s Cup “rematch” in San Francisco. It is an adrenaline-filled ride with magnificent views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Sausalito and San Francisco. ACsailingSF has what you need if you’re craving speed!

Adventure Cat Sailing Charters

Unwind on the water aboard the Adventure Cat Sailing Charters catamaran. During the 90 minute sail, you might see local wildlife including:  pelicans, sea lions, dolphins and the occasional whale. Their legendary sunset sail makes for a relaxing afternoon and the perfect way to see the breathtaking San Francisco city skyline, Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Bay Voyager

Ranked the #1 tour in San Francisco by TripAdvisor, Bay Voyager will bring you close to San Francisco’s waterfront and wildlife on their 28’ RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat). Pass the infamous prison of Alcatraz, Coit Tower, the Presidio and glide under the Golden Gate Bridge while learning about San Francisco. The crew will provide you with gear to keep you warm and dry from the occasional splashes during this one-of-a-kind experience. Each 90 minute tour is limited to a small group ensuring a more personalized experience.

Blue & Gold Fleet

Blue & Gold Fleet is the premier provider of ferry and water excursion services on the San Francisco Bay for over 40 years. In addition to ferries that can take you to Sausalito, Tiburon and Angel Island, you can traverse the Bay to see the San Francisco waterfront on their famous Bay Cruise Adventure or learn more about Alcatraz Island on the Escape from the Rock tour.  Don’t forget to check out Blue & Gold Fleet’s variety of seasonal and special event cruises throughout the year, like the Sunset Cruise every Friday and Saturday nights.

San Francisco Whale Tours

Travel with San Francisco Whale Tours to learn about the marine life living in the Bay. Each sailing will include one of their expert naturalists as they help guide you in searching for whales, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks and more! Experience breathtaking views on this fun and educational expedition. If you’re not sure about a day on the open ocean, you can take their Eco-Tour that stays in the San Francisco Bay.

Sea Lions

K-Dock at PIER 39 is home to the world-famous sea lions. Since their arrival in 1990, they have been stealing the hearts of visitors around the world. These boisterous sea creatures haul out on K-dock year-round and are recognizable to anyone when they think of PIER 39. Sea lions are known for their intelligence, playfulness and noisy barking. You can view the sea lions anytime on our sea lion webcam here.

Wine Tasting on the Bay

“Wine Therapy” sails throughout San Francisco Bay with something especially unique; wine tasting on the Bay along with beer and cocktails! Known as San Francisco’s “adult cruise,” Wine Tasting on the Bay provides guests with an unforgettable experience that has locals and repeat out-of-towners coming back for more. Sit back, relax and enjoy life as Californians do, glass in hand!