How would you like to explore the salty old waterfront of the town sailors used to call "Frisco"? You can! San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park has created a visitor experience that invites you to walk through time as you see, hear, and touch San Francisco's historic working waterfront. (The Visitor Center is at 499 Jefferson Street in SF, cross street Hyde, and open seven days a week from 9:30am to 5pm, 415-447-5000.)
As you begin your walk around the City's edge, listen for the voices of Yelamu natives as they ready their tule reed canoes for a day of fishing at the Golden Gate.
Make your way south to the watery inlet of Channel Street. Not actually a street, today it's called Mission Creek and it feeds McCovey's Cove at the AT&T ballpark. Here, you'll find hay scows or lumber schooners, unloading fresh lumber from Puget Sound just over your head, while the clamor of steel shipyards waits for you further south.
View two slide presentations that are part of the exhibit on wooden shipbuilding on San Francisco Bay and the coastal lumber trade.