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
View short films in the Visitor Center and on Balclutha
Visit the Maritime Museum
Go sailing on scow schooner Alma
Did You Know?
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...