1. Michael Giskin

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    I would have to say that Fisherman’s Wharf, more specifically Pier 39, has the largest concentration of tourists that I have even seen. I wasn’t too sure what to expect here but let me just start off by saying that if my time wasn’t limited, I would have wanted to stay here longer. There’s something here for everyone. They have a magic shop, sports souvenirs/memorabilia stores, lots of places for getting food, rides, gift shops, and more. One of the places that I went to was the Sea Lion Center which is located on the second floor towards the end of the pier. It’s like a little museum and information center about the sea lions that you can hear from just outside on the docks, and best of all, it’s free! Speaking of the sea lions, I was there in mid-July which we found out was when most of the sea lions that would typically be found on the docks were down south in the Santa Barbara area. Luckily, we were greeted by a four sea lions who had shown back up and happened to lay on the docks closest to the pier (well, people probably feed them even though you’re not supposed to…). Plus, there was one harbor seal, which isn’t as common also sun bathing on the docks. Besides checking out the sea lions and the little museum, we went to Trish’s Mini Donuts and the Only in San Francisco gift shop. Just as a tip, it can get very windy on the pier, even though there are buildings on either side of you, and it is so crowded if you’re with a group, wear bright clothing in case you get separated. Even though this place is extremely touristy, that’s no excuse for you to not go here and experience for yourself, especially if you yourself are a tourist, which was my case.

  2. Justin Chow

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    Come early to watch the Sea Lions and sunrise, then get the hell away from this tourist trap. There’s probably better seafood wherever you came from, and probably no homeless people. There are some interesting shops but you really want to be spending that time at Pier 15 or Coit Tower.

  3. Daniel Shokouhi

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    This where you come if you want to seals, and plenty of them. I always make it a point to come over here because its just awesome. The seals have really taken over this place. The other reason why I come here is because its close to Ghirardeli and Boudins for some clam chowder!

  4. Angélica G

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    If you like a tourist trap, you can’t go wrong here — I travel a lot and am just not a fan of these kitschy, crowded centers of broken American dreams in the form of 3-for-$10 tshirts. What else can I say? If you need ‘creature comforts’ in the form of familiar gift shops, restaurants and peddlers harassing you, this may be just the place for you. The saving grace is to walk a bit father down to the NPS at Hyde Street to escape the noise, walk a bit further to Presidio and you can get glimpses of the Bay Bridge.

  5. Jose Amaral Jr

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    One of the biggest tourist destination in the area and always tons of people taking pictures at every corner and angle possible. Still nice to go for a stroll and a quick bite to eat at one of the many places that are here.