Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, California

Fisherman's Wharf is a neighborhood and popular tourist attraction in San Francisco, California, U.S.

It roughly encompasses the northern waterfront area of San Francisco from Ghirardelli Square or Van Ness Avenue east to Pier 35 or Kearny Street. It is best known for being the location of Pier 39, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, the Cannery Shopping Center, Ghirardelli Square, a Ripley's Believe it or Not museum, the Musée Mécanique, the [http://www.waxmuseum.com Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf] , [http://www.forbesisland.com Forbes Island] and restaurants and stands that serve fresh seafood, most notably dungeness crab and clam chowder served in a sourdough bread bowl. Some of the restaurants, like Pompeii's and Alioto's #8, go back for three generations of the same family ownership. Nearby Pier 45, there is a chapel in memory of the "Lost Fishermen" of San Francisco and Northern California though it might not always be open everyday. Once a year, the chapel has a service for the lost fishermen.

Transportation to Fisherman's Wharf can be provided in a variety of ways. The F Market streetcar runs through the area, the Powell-Hyde cable car lines runs to Aquatic Park, at the edge of Fisherman's Wharf, and the Powell-Mason cable car line runs a few blocks away. Other popular areas in San Francisco, such as Chinatown, Lombard Street and North Beach are all located in proximity to Fisherman's Wharf.

Fisherman's Wharf plays host to many San Francisco events, including a world-class fireworks display for Fourth of July, and some of the best views of the Fleet Week air shows.

One of The City's most popular figures is a harmless but controversial resident of Fisherman's Wharf called the World Famous Bushman, a local street performer who sits behind some branches and startles people who walk by. He has gained notoriety during the 28 years he has been doing this.


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Fisherman's wharf in popular culture

The introduction video of ABC's "Full House" features Fisherman's Wharf, where Bob Saget, Candace Cameron, and Jodie Sweetin are fishing around in front of Alcatraz prison.

In the year 3000 in FOX's animated show Futurama Fisherman's Wharf is renamed "Fisherman's Worf" in reference to Worf of .

Fisherman's Wharf was one of the featured raceable areas in the Sega Dreamcast game Metropolis Street Racer, as well as its successor, the first game in the Project Gotham Racing franchise..

ee also

* Hyde Street Pier old automobile ferry site made obsolete by the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges
* 49-Mile Scenic Drive
* Fisherman's Wharfs in other places
* F Market, the San Francisco Municipal Railway historic streetcar linking the Wharf to Market Street
* Pier 39
* Musée Mécanique

External links

* [http://www.visitfishermanswharf.com Fisherman's Wharf Community Benefit District]
* [http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?latlongtype=decimal&latitude=37.807&longitude=-122.415&zoom=8 Street map from Mapquest]
* [http://www.el.com/to/fishermanswharf/ Welcome to Fisherman's Wharf] - basic information and the essential Internet resources.
* [http://www.jbmonaco.com/wharf/100.html JB Monaco Fisherman's Wharf Photo Gallery]
* [http://www.forbesisland.com Forbes Island]


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