• A section of the bowsprint and figurehead on the bow of BALCLUTHA.

    San Francisco Maritime

    National Historical Park California

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  • Hyde Street Pier Closed Mondays through Thursdays (July 24 - August 20)

    For public safety, Hyde Street Pier will be closed mid-pier Mondays - Thursdays from July 24 - August 20 during replacement of Eureka's mooring piles. There is no access to the historic ships. The visitor center, Maritime Museum & Aquatic Park are open. More »

For Kids

Illustration of two small sailboats with red hulls and white sails.

Illustration by Inge Wessels

There's always something special going on for kids at the park.

Sing a sea chantey, create a maritime craft, earn a Junior Ranger badge, and take the wheel of a 19th century sailing ship.

Check the Schedule of Events for program dates and times.

Pick up a free park newspaper and check out the kids' page on the back.

Kids ages 5-12 can pick up a free Junior Ranger Program activity booklet at the ticket booth or in the Visitor Center. Learn about the park and earn a badge.

Explore the exhibits in the Visitor Center and stroll down Hyde Street Pier.

Have a picnic and play on the beach.

See if you can spot the ten most common birds that live at the park. Here is a check list with a FUN FACT about each one!


Did You Know?

The last stop and turnaround point for the Powell/Hyde cable car line.

San Francisco Maritime is the only NPS site that has a cable car turnaround adjacent to the park. Riders disembark and workers push the cars around on the track to position them for the next journey back up steep Hyde Street.