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

    San Francisco Maritime

    National Historical Park California

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  • Ferryboat EUREKA closed for maintenance.

    Ferryboat EUREKA is closed for maintenance. The gangway that links the ship to the pier is being repaired.

Outdoor Activities

  • Visit the historic ships at Hyde Street Pier (park map)
  • Walk to the end of the pier for a spectacular view of San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Join a ranger or docent on a walking tour of the pier
  • Stop by the Small Boat Shop on Hyde Street Pier and talk to the boatbuilders
  • Check the activity board near the ticket booth on Hyde Street Pier for scheduled programs or call the visitor center, 415-447-5000.
  • Join a ranger-led tour of the ships
  • Join in on a sail raise on the sailing ship Balclutha
  • Learn what a capstan is and how to use it
  • Have a picnic on the lawn overlooking the Aquatic Park lagoon
  • Walk out on Municipal Pier and see what fish are being caught
  • Take a self-guided walking tour (Download the booklet.)
  • Pick up a free Junior Ranger Program activity booklet at the ticket booth on Hyde Street Pier or at the Visitor Center, do the activities, and earn a badge
  • Dig in the sand at Aquatic park beach
  • Get up a little bit early and join a Park Ranger to look for birds around Hyde Street Pier
People sitting on a low wall along a sandy beach.
The beachfront along Aquatic Park cove. Hyde Street Pier and the historic ships are on the left in the background of the photo.
People walking along Hyde Street Pier.
A collection of historic vessels, that you can visit, are moored along Hyde Street Pier, including the 1886 square-rigged sailing ship BALCLUTHA.

Did You Know?

A woman seated behind a tule reed canoe.

This is Native American consultant Linda Yamane posing with the tule reed canoe she constructed for a new exhibit in the park's visitor center. "The Waterfront" exhibit opened in 2012 and features an historic walk around San Francisco's waterfront. More...