Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco - courtesy National Park Service

Hyde Street Pier—Re-live the “Golden Age of Sailing”

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If your pulse quickens at sight of a ship under sail, you’ll want to drop anchor at this amazing open-air nautical museum. The Pier is home to a wide range of antique ships—National Historic Landmarks—that you can board and explore (Pier entrance is free, but there’s a small fee to board the ships).

There is far more to the Pier than its historic boats, though. Take a guided ranger tour of the historic ships Balclutha, Eureka and Hercules. Chat with ship-builders. Sign up for a boat restoration class. Help raise the Balclutha’s sails. Embark on a self-guided walking tour. And if you’re traveling with kids, they’ll enjoy earning a Junior Ranger badge.

Hyde Street Pier is one of three locations in the SF Maritime National Historic Park. The other two: the Maritime Museum and the SFMNHP Visitor Center.

Tip: On the first Saturday night of every month, the Pier hosts a free concert of rousing sea chanteys.

SF Waterfront Editors Suggest…


Square Rigged Ships: An Introduction— The thrilling age of large square-rigged ships like the Balclutha has passed, but this gripping narrative–written by a sea captain who knew them inside out–offers a classic look at these fascinating ships. This book is a step-by-step introduction to the ships and their mesmerizing designs, the treacherous routes they sailed, and the specialist skills of men who worked on them. Complete with both insights into the bygone era of sailing and entertaining stories of perilous adventures at sea, it’s the perfect compendium for sailors, historians, and travel enthusiasts alike. About $10. Buy or learn more about Square-Rigged Ships: An Introduction.

Framed or Stretched-Canvas Print of the Balclutha—The ultimate gift for Balclutha-loving seafarers, this handsome high-quality print by photographer Linda Phelps can be purchased as a paper print, as a stretched-canvas print wrapped on 2.5″ stretcher bars, and/or as a framed print. Prices range from about $18 to $58. Buy or learn more about the Tall Ship Balclutha Canvas Print/Canvas Art.

Here’s a map showing the Hyde Street Pier:
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