Winter Activities

It may not snow in San Francisco, but winter does have visits from the mystical fog and can be a little chilly at night. You’ll occasionally need to bundle up in layers if you want to enjoy spectacular views of the Bay or to visit the sea lions at K-dock.

However, if you want to stay warm, you can always grab some clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl and experience some of our indoor attractions that are sure to entertain you. Play arcade games or watch a game at Players Sports Grill & Arcade, take a cruise on a Blue & Gold Fleet (and stay inside until you get to the Golden Gate Bridge!), get lost in a maze of mirrors or explore the Aquarium of the Bay.

Just because it’s Winter, doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! Here’s a few ways to stay warm on the PIER.


Aquarium of the Bay

Explore the magic, beauty and wonder of San Francisco Bay at Aquarium of the Bay.  The Aquarium is a Smithsonian Affiliate and accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). Located at the water’s edge, 20,000 local sea creatures await you. Your visit will take you through three main exhibit areas that display the amazing riches that lie beneath the surface of the San Francisco Bay and surrounding waters. Stop by on Monday, December 31st and see the River Otters romp and roll in the snow!

Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise

Get the best view of the Bay aboard a Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise Adventure. Sit back and relax as they take you around Alcatraz Island and under the Golden Gate Bridge for an up-close view. You can take in the fresh breeze on the deck or lounge inside and get cozy with hot chocolate. A Bay Cruise Adventure is the best way to enjoy beautiful views of the City from the water while keeping warm inside.

7D Experience

ZD Experience theater

Put your skills to the test and experience the thrill of a rollercoaster with the excitement of a state-of-the-art laser-blasting game at 7D Experience. A 20-seat theater, massive movie screen and 3D technology will awaken your senses as you ride, blast and compete your way through other dimensions!

Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze

Magowan's Mirror Maze

Test yourself to find your way through the infinite hallways, endless circles and dead-ends at Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze. This labyrinth of mirrors will have you glowing at every twist and turn. It is psychedelic fun from the beginning to the end.

Player’s Sports Grill & Arcade


Play your way through over 85 games at Player’s Sports Grill & Arcade. Compete in classic games like skee-ball, take the driver’s seat and race in Mario Kart, or play the world’s largest Ms. Pac-Man machine! Love winning prizes? Collect tickets and turn them in for a prize to take home with you. With so many games to play solo or with friends, you’re bound to have fun!

Solve It! Think out of the Box

Solve it puzzles

Challenge yourself at Solve it! Think out of the Box with one of their wooden puzzles. They carry a variety of games for people of all ages to help to keep minds sharp. Think in every direction and see the possibilities to solve each brainteaser. They believe that you can do anything that you set your mind to including solving each puzzle!

Sea Lion Center

See the sea lions at PIER 39

Located on Level 2 overlooking the sea lions at K-Dock is the Sea Lion Center. Experience marine mammal-focused exhibits and videos, talk to a naturalist, and watch these fascinating animals romp and sleep. Listen to their playful barks and enjoy the views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. The Center provides free educational programming on the natural history of California sea lions.