Spend a perfect day along San Francisco's iconic and picturesque shoreline.

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1. Start your day at Red’s Java House at Piers 30/32. Since 1955, this waterfront favorite has been serving breakfast plates, cheeseburgers, sandwiches and daily specials. Walk to South Beach Harbor. 

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2. Get out on the water with SpinOut Fitness at Pier 40. Tour the bay with a 90-minute water bike experience or have a ride-and-dine adventure with friends to a nearby waterfront restaurant. 

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3. Walk across the Third Street Bridge and enjoy lunch with a waterfront view in Mission Bay. Atwater Tavern at Pier 50 serves salads, sandwiches and entrees complete with a robust menu cocktails, beer and wine. A meal at Mission Rock Resort or ribs and live music at The Ramp Restaurant are more great options! 

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4. Explore the many shops, restaurants, and outdoor spaces at Thrive City, home of the Chase Center and the Golden State Warriors basketball team. 

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5. Walk to Pier 70 for wine and tour RH’s Palm Court Restaurant. Located inside the Historic Bethlehem Steel Building, the century-old structure, impeccably restored. Head to the rooftop park upstairs for an unparalleled view of the skyline and waterfront. 

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6. Take a walk around Crane Cove Park. Grab a kayak or paddleboard rental from Dogpatch Paddle or to Kayaks Unlimited in Islias Creek for an adventure in the water to close out your waterfront experience. 

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7. Looking for some nature and peace and quiet, stroll the shoreline and enjoy the 100 birds of Heron’s Head Park and the expansive views of the Bay. 

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The Waterfront extends more than 7.5 miles. Keep going along the northern Waterfront, with more iconic views, excursions into nature, and world class experiences.

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Fisherman's Wharf is a world-famous tourist destination - not to be missed! For history buffs, here's a self-guided tour of the neighborhood's Legacy Businesses.

Getting to the Waterfront

Getting around the waterfront is simple and fun. Destinations on the waterfront are walkable and provide plenty of places to stop and shop, take a break or catch another mode of transit. There are a variety of convenient transit options to explore the Port. Ferry travel offers a comfortable, convenient and stress-free journey. SF Muni streetcars and buses are available across the waterfront. Take a ride on the F Historic streetcars that run between the Ferry Building and Fisherman's Wharf. The T Third metro line runs between Embarcadero Station to the Giants ballpark, Crane Cove Park and south towards Islais Creek. 

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About the Waterfront

Whether you are looking for a weekend getaway with the whole family, an afternoon drink with friends or a quiet day to yourself, there are plenty of opportunities for adventures at the Port. Visitors to the waterfront can enjoy hundreds of activities, enjoy diverse cuisines, sightsee, experience some of the most iconic views and attractions in San Francisco and create memories that will last a lifetime. From Fisherman’s Wharf to Heron’s Head Park, the possibilities are endless! 


A Perfect Day along the Waterfront was curated by The Port of San Francisco, who manages 7.5 miles of waterfront that is home to popular destinations and attractions, historic districts, small businesses and robust maritime opportunities. The Port works to advance environmentally and financially sustainable maritime, recreational, and economic opportunities for the City, Bay Area, and California.


Shop Dine SF is an initiative of the Office of Small Business, and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development.

Its aim is to bring attention to the local businesses and neighborhood corridors.

Spending money at local small businesses helps merchants, creates jobs, and is critical to San Francisco's economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shop local. Even a small increase can have a big impact.

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