Fisherman's Wharf

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Crabs, Fishermen and Attractions

Written by Scott Messmore

Fisherman's Wharf is the magnet that draws thousands of visitors to San Francisco's seashore each year. While most visitors come to the Wharf to eat incredible seafood and stroll by shop after shop, Fisherman's Wharf is still a functioning commercial area. The Wharf was home to fishermen from all over the United States, China and as far as Genoa, Italy.

Today, third-generation fisherman ply the waters around the Golden Gate and farther out to sea, hunting for fish or the famous Dungeness Crab. If you love the tasty crustaceans, visit San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf in November to catch the opening of crab season. Fresh crabs, oven-baked sourdough bread and plenty of tacky tourist souvenirs await along the waterfront. From Fisherman's Wharf, visitors can easily visit Pier 39 and 45, the Maritime Museum, the Presidio, Golden Gate Recreational Area, Fort Mason, the Cannery, Ghirardelli Square, jump on a ferry to Alcatraz and Angel Islands or hold onto a cable car for a trip into downtown San Francisco. Fisherman's Wharf is located east of the National Maritime Museum and west of Piers 45 and 39.

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