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

    San Francisco Maritime

    National Historical Park California

Guided Tours

Visitors raising the staysail on Balclutha.
Visitors singing a sea chantey as they raise the staysail on Balclutha.
An NPS Photo
 

A variety of park ranger-led programs and demonstrations are offered. Programs change daily. Guided tours of the historic ships Balclutha, Eureka and Hercules are available. Sail raising demonstrations are offered on the weekends. It is best to call the visitor center on the day of your visit to find out what programs are scheduled. The Visitor Center is open everyday from 9:30am to 5:00pm, 415-447-5000.

Did You Know?

Fog envelopes San Francisco Bay, leaving only the top of the Golden Gate Bridge visible.

“The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” Many attribute this phrase to Mark Twain, however the origin is unknown. It is a good thing to remember when visiting San Francisco Maritime during the summer. Don’t forget a coat, as the summer fog keeps temperatures in the city cool.