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How to Enjoy a Weekend in Fisherman’s Wharf

October 1st, 2023 Explore San Francisco

Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco is a destination brimming with history, culture, and vibrant waterfront charm. With a multitude of activities and dining options, it's the perfect place to spend a weekend. From the iconic Pier 39 to the eerie Alcatraz Island and everything in between, here's your guide to enjoying a memorable weekend exploring can’t-miss Fisherman's Wharf attractions, all within walking distance of our door.


Friday Night: Arrival and First Steps

Start your weekend adventure on Friday night right here at Hotel Caza. After checking in, feel free to explore our spectacular seaside hotel. Grab a snack at CZ2GO, find some fun in our on-site game room, or even take a dip in the outdoor heated pool. The iconic San Francisco cable cars also run adjacent to Hotel Caza, so if you’re itching to explore, you’ve definitely got options! 

We suggest heading over to Pier 39, the lively and iconic waterfront dining and entertainment hub just steps from our front door. Begin your visit with a leisurely stroll along the pier, where you'll be greeted by mesmerizing views of the bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz Island. The sunset casts a warm glow over the bay, making it an ideal time to capture the perfect souvenir snapshot. Alternatively, you can enjoy a quick stroll over to Fort Point, a national historic site that’s just moments away, and that offers some lovely scenic vistas and a rich glimpse into the past. 

For dinner, you have almost no end of options. Try the clam chowder served in a sourdough bread bowl at Boudin Bakery or grab a classic San Francisco seafood dish at Fog Harbor Fish House. After dinner, don't miss stopping by to visit the playful sea lions who have made K-Dock their home. Their non-stop antics and vocal conversations always make for an entertaining spectacle.

Wrap up your Friday night with a visit to Ghirardelli Square, just a short walk from Pier 39. Ghirardelli Square is home to the famous Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop. Treat yourself to their decadent sundaes and chocolate delicacies to cap off the evening in sweet style.



Saturday: Exploring the Attractions

Saturday is all about immersing yourself in the fascinating attractions in and around Fisherman's Wharf. Start your day at the Aquarium of the Bay, located on the picturesque waterfront. Discover the exhibits showcasing the diversity of marine life from the San Francisco Bay Area, including mesmerizing jellyfish and adorable river otters.

For a more in-depth maritime adventure, consider embarking on a ferry ride to Alcatraz Island. A tour of the former penitentiary will take you through the fascinating stories of some of the world's most notorious criminals (as well as their infamous escape attempts!). Be sure to book your tickets in advance as they do tend to sell out quickly.

After your Alcatraz tour, take a short walk to the Cartoon Art Museum, which is home to a vast collection of comic books and original cartoon art. It's a unique and artistic experience in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf.

As the day progresses, hop on one of the iconic cable cars that run along the wharf and explore the city's rolling terrain. The Hyde Street cable car turnaround is nearby and provides an iconic and historic mode of transportation. Feel the wind in your hair as you ride through the city streets, and be sure to snap some pictures for lasting memories.

For lunch, you can choose from a variety of local dining options. Stop by one of the classic local seafood joints, such as Franciscan Crab Restaurant or Scoma’s and savor a plate of fresh-caught delicacies while enjoying the view. Or grab some picnic fixings, and jaunt over to the green spaces of the Presidio Tunnel Tops for a little al fresco refreshment with a panoramic view of the Golden Gate Bridge

In the afternoon, venture beneath the sea (without getting wet) by visiting the USS Pampanito, a World War II submarine that offers an authentic glimpse into naval history. The self-guided tour takes you through the decommissioned vessel and provides insight into the lives of the brave submariners.

In the evening, make your way to Madame Tussauds, where you can rub shoulders with incredibly realistic life-sized wax figures of celebrities and historical icons. It's an interactive and entertaining experience that's perfect for some lighthearted fun.

For dinner on Saturday night, you can return to Pier 39 and explore its diverse range of dining options. Restaurants like Pier Market Seafood and Crab House at Pier 39 offer stunning bay views and delicious pier-to-plate dishes, while other eateries like the Hard Rock Café provide a lively atmosphere and classic American fare.



Sunday: Morning Adventure and Farewell

On Sunday morning, start your day by savoring a leisurely breakfast at one of the local cafés. 8 AM Brunch offers a lovely breakfast menu, and their sourdough French toast is a delightful choice. The Crepe Café is also a popular choice for French fare and coffee. 

After breakfast, visit the Maritime National Historical Park. Take a leisurely stroll along the promenade and learn about the city's seafaring history through informational displays and the historic Balclutha schooner. It's a peaceful way to start your day, and the panoramic views of the bay are stunning.

As your weekend in Fisherman's Wharf draws to a close, you can make your way back to Pier 39 to pick up some last-minute souvenirs or enjoy one final, hearty bowl of sourdough bread-bowl clam soup at Chowder’s Restaurant. Take a moment to soak in the enchanting atmosphere, and relish the memories you've created during your weekend getaway.



Experience It All from Hotel Caza

With its rich history, picturesque waterfront, and an abundance of attractions, Fisherman's Wharf is the ideal destination for a memorable weekend in San Francisco. The best part? Hotel Caza is just minutes from everything you want to experience. So visit our Special Offers Page, plan your weekend getaway, and let our vibrant neighborhood reveal the beauty and history of the City by the Bay.





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