• 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.

Things To Do

To begin your visit, and speak with a park employee or volunteer, we recommend stopping by the Visitor Center. It is located at 499 Jefferson Street, SF, CA, 94109, across the street from Hyde Street Pier. Open seven days a week, 9:30am to 5pm, 415-447-500.

A visit to the Visitor Center will orient you to the park and help you decide how best to enjoy this unique historical site.

Click on the Schedule of Events link on the right to see what is happening on the day you will be here.

Here are some of the activities offered:

Join park ranger-led interpretive programs and demonstrations on the historic ships and Hyde Street Pier

View exhibits in the Visitor Center and on Balclutha

Enjoy wayside exhibits and hands-on activities on Hyde Street Pier

Visit the Maritime Library, gateway to the park’s collections

Sing-a-long at Monthly and seasonal music events

View short films in the Visitor Center and on Balclutha

Visit the Maritime Museum

Go sailing on scow schooner Alma

Did You Know?

The stern of the THAYER showing two rectangular-shaped openings.

Loading ports are small, watertight doors in a ship's hull that lead directly into the hold. Lumber could be more easily loaded into the hold through these ports rather than through the smaller hatches on the deck. These ports had to be caulked shut before the ship put to sea. More...