San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, San Francisco

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National Park · Hidden Gem · Educational Site
The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is located in San Francisco, California, United States. The park includes a fleet of historic vessels, a visitor center, a maritime museum, and a library/research facility. The park used to be referred to as the San Francisco Maritime Museum, however the former 1951 name changed in 1978 when the collections were acquired by the National Park Service. Today's San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park was authorized in 1988; the maritime museum is among the park's many cultural resources. The park also incorporates the Aquatic Park Historic District, bounded by Van Ness Avenue, Polk Street, and Hyde Street.

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  • Only three ships were open to visit, but they were the best of the ships of the Armada stationed there. The best ship was the sail ship.  more »
  • This park was a hidden gem. We were walking near the wharf and suddenly realized there was a small national park right there. The information was very interesting, and I really enjoyed myself. One of....  more »
  • Great place to discover the importance of the maritime industry and its influence on the early San Francisco economy. The ships stored here each have their own interesting saga of the history of this city and the sacrifices and heroics of the seamen that braved powerful storms to carry cargo from around the world. A great place your families to enjoy the fresh air and experience the splendor of those magnificent vessels.
  • This was my favorite place at Fisherman's Wharf. I found the rest a bit too touristy for my taste but I loved seeing what the old riggers were like and how people lived in them. I also saw the park's people working on them, sanding and painting. These boats require so much work and to see them in such great shape! they are truly a labor of love. It was a great place to photograph Alcatraz with the old ships as foreground.

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