Maritime Day

Maritime Day on the Waterfront

Sunday, April 28, 2013—10:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m.

Maritime Day is a family oriented daylong public celebration of events and activities along the waterfront from Hyde Street Pier in the north to Heron’s Head Park (Pier 98) in the south – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Download a printable .pdf file of the Maritime Day Activities List 117 KB or the Maritime Day Activities Map 336 KB.

Schedule of Events | Maritime Day Map


Cruises, Shuttle, & Ferry Boat Tours | Kayaking & Whale Boating | Walking & Biking Tours | Treasure Hunts & Prizes | Open House & Special Exhibits | Lectures | Food & Beverage | Parking Specials

OPENING CEREMONY – Free to the Public:  10:00 a.m.

PIER ½ ─ Foot of Washington St. at the Embarcadero (between the Ferry Building & Pier 1)
∙ FREE Bay Cruise Tickets Courtesy of Red & White Fleet
  (one pair of tickets to first 250 attendees)
∙ International Longshore Warehouse Union Color Guard and Flag Ceremony
∙ Dixieland Band
∙ Lion Dancers, plus More! 

Join Port of San Francisco Executive Director Monique Moyer for welcoming remarks as she kicks off the day's festivities with the International Longshore Warehouse Union Color Guard Flag Ceremony.

Cruises, Shuttle, and Ferry Boat Tours

Public Boat Tours – Hyde Street Pier Commercial Fishing Harbor, Kids FREE, Adults $15

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Take a Public Boat Tour sponsored by Blue & Gold Fleet at Pier 41; Red & White Cruise Fleet at Pier 43½; and Hornblower/Alcatraz Cruises at Pier 33. Special rates and special offers. Check with each operator.  

Ride the Ducks - Discount

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

$5 off adult or child admission, based on availability. Make reservations 1-877-887-8225. Mention code PORT. Board at Jefferson St and Taylor St.

Tideline Water Taxi Service - Special Rates 

Service to/from the SF waterfront and around the Bay. Call 415-339-0196 for pickup. Special discounted rates for the day Plus KIDS RIDE FREE. Also offering personalized 40 minute tours of the Bay Lights exhibit (San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge).  Visit: 

Shuttle Boat Tours ─ Various Locations, Kids FREE, Adults $15


NOON ─ 5:00 p.m



All day passes for hop on/hop off shuttle, $15/person (kids under 12 years free)
Catch the Dixie, Mini Me, & Wild Wave boats at the following locations: Lagoon on Jefferson Street in Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 1 ½, South Beach Harbor, and the Pier 52 Boat Clubs.


1 & 2 hour tours around Alcatraz and under the Golden Gate Bridge, $15/person 1-hour, $30/person 2-hour tours
Catch the Basstub, Chucky’s Pride, Happy Days, Hyperfish, Lovely Martha, Silver Fox, and Wacky Jacky from Fishermen’s Wharf harbor at the Jefferson Street Berths. Tours leave on the hour, beginning 12:30 p.m. until dusk.

1.5 hour tours, $15/person (first kid free) 
Board the Hyperfish at South Beach Harbor for a tour of Alcatraz and Historic waterfront. Ask about the Bay Lights tour.

Blue & Gold Fleet's Waterfront Cruise – $20 for Adults, $15 for Kids (ages 5-11)

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Celebrate yesterday, today and the future along the ever-changing San Francisco Waterfront aboard Blue & Gold Fleet's Waterfront Cruise. Cruises depart from Pier 41 at 1:30pm and 3:30pm.

For tickets and more information go to:, or visit the Blue & Gold Fleet Ticket Office at PIER 39.

Kayaking and Whale Boating

Kayak and Whale Boat Tours – Aquatic Park to Bayview, FREE

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Try Kayak and/or Whale Boat Tours from Aquatic Park to Bayview, with various stops along the way.

The Bay Area Sea Kayakers (BASK) and Bay Area Whale Rowing Association (BAWRA) invites you to a free waterside tour of the Port of San Francisco. Paddle from Fisherman's Wharf to Bayview with stops along the way. Kayak rentals available through City Kayak for $20. To kayak contact Paul Nixon at; to row a whale boat contact David Beaupre at Start at Aquatic Park at 10:00 am to 2 pm. Space is limited.

Walking & Biking Tours

San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and the Port of San Francisco Waterfront Tour, $5 non-members, Free for SF Bicycle Coalition Members

10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Join the SF Bicycle Coalition for a 150th Anniversary History & Development Ride along the waterfront. Meet on Terry Francois Blvd at the terminus of 16th Street (North-side of Agua Vista Park/remains of Pier 64)

For more information go to:

San Francisco City Guide Walking Tours – Various Locations (see website for details), FREE

Various Times

Free special tours provided by SF City Guides experts on the history of the Port and San Francisco.

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Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals & Tours - Discount

Various Times

$10 discount on Comfort or Deluxe bike rentals. Purchase at Pier 39.

Visit for other locations

Giants AT&T Ballpark – Special Exhibit and Tour, Pricing to be Announced

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Experience these special public tours of AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, starting at 10:30 am.

Tours depart from the Giants’ Dugout Store at AT&T Park and last approximately one hour and thirty minutes. For up to date tour information please call 415.972.2400. Pricing to be announced.

Waterfront Segway Tours - Discount

Various Times

Receive a $5 discount on the "Wharf and Waterfront Tour" or the "Nighttime Waterfront, Chinatown and Bay Lights Tour."

Call 415-474-3130 in advance to make a reservation, and mention PORT150 to receive discount.

Treasure Hunts & Prizes

Waterfront Treasure Hunt – Pier 43 to Pier 40 (Fisherman's Wharf to AT&T Park), FREE

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Compete in this waterfront Treasure Hunt for Adults and Children hosted by SF Treasure Hunts. Stop by the Port of San Francisco’s Pier 1 office to pick up a copy of the clues. Clues will also be posted on this website at at 11:00 a.m. on April 28th. Turn in answers at Pier 1 Lobby by 3:00 p.m. Top 5 participants will win Port 150th Gift Bag. Prizes can be collected at the Port offices until 4 pm. For more information go to:

Open Houses & Special Exhibits

Aquarium of the Bay, Discount Tickets

10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Aquarium of the Bay, a non-profit organization, is San Francisco Bay’s only waterfront Aquarium. We are passionate about providing unforgettable encounters with our natural world in ways that ignite both wonder and conservation. Our crystal clear acrylic tunnels hold 700,000 gallons of carefully maintained San Francisco Bay water that sustains approximately 20,000 animals, from octopuses, to native sevengill sharks, bat rays and giant sea bass. Mention this announcement at any of our ticket booths or front desk to receive $3 off each ticket purchased.

Hyde Street Pier – SF Maritime National Historic Park & Visitor Center, $5 Adults, Visitor Center FREE

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

View the Balclutha, Alma, C.A. Thayer, Eureka, Hercules, Bay Ark and other historic vessels at the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park during a special museum event. Free admission for children 16 and under and $5 for adults.

A high-tech exhibit tells the story of San Francisco's colorful and diverse maritime heritage in San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park's Visitor Center. Free tours at the visitor’s center located at 499 Jefferson Street at the corner of Hyde Street across the street from the park.

145 Jefferson St  – Wax Museum, Discount

10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Mention the Port's 150th Anniversary to receive a $3 discount on admission.

Pier 45 – Veteran’s Tribute at the USS Pampanito & SS Jeremaquiah O'Brien, $5 Adults

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

See the USS Pampanito and the Jeremiah O'Brien including a special museum event with free admission for children 12 and under and $5 for adults.

Pier 39 – Fun Pack Discounts

9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Go to to receive a free book of discounts to Pier 39 attractions and 2 hours of free parking. See coupon for more details..

Pier 23 – America’s Cup Open House, FREE

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Learn about the 2013 America's Cup and the Summer of Racing at this special open house. Visitors will have access to all kinds of America’s Cup information, including ticketing and videos.

Pier 15/17 – The Exploratorium Special Exhibit, Free in the Public Access Area Only

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

In celebration of the Port of San Francisco's 150th anniversary and Maritime Day at the Port, come explore the free public areas of the Exploratorium at Piers 15/17. In our plaza, orange-vested Explainers will lead activities that are designed to help you engage with the world around you. See pocket demos, notice and explore clouds, and find north without a compass (weather permitting). Stroll along our South Apron, which features spectacular views of the Bay, and dine in the waterfront SeaGlass Restaurant or the plaza-side Seismic Joint Café. Visit the Pier 15 lobby, which includes a Bay History Wall that explores the history of Pier 15, San Francisco‘s maritime history, and the building‘s real-time energy generation data. While you're here, don't forget to stop in at the Exploratorium Store along the Embarcadero.

Please note: Free public areas do not include museum admission. To explore the museum, purchase general admission tickets or become a member.

For more information on this special exhibit visit:

Pier 1 – Shipyard Exhibit, FREE

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Information and Exhibit curated by Bill Perez of the Bethlehem Shipyard Museum.

Pier 3 – Hornblower Cruises Open House Tour, FREE

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Take a special tour of docked Hornblower vessels.

Pier 22½ – Open Firehouse & Historical Exhibit, FREE

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Fireboat Salute at 2:30 p.m.

Join the San Francisco Fire Department at Pier 22½ fire station as they showcase the fireboats of the Bay Area and a special historical exhibit. The fireboat ceremony will start at 2:30 p.m.

Pier 52 – Mariposa Hunter's Point & Bayview Yacht Clubs Open House, FREE

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

These historic San Francisco boat clubs, Bayview Yacht and Mariposa Hunter’s Point Boat Club, will each host an open house from 10 am to 5 pm. See the historic diving equipment exhibit and demonstration at the Bayview boat club from 12 pm- 5pm. Free boat rides. 

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Pier 70 – Noonan Building Artist Studio Open House, FREE

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

See the historic Noonan building and a special Noonan Artists Open House at Pier 70.

Featured artists include: Mark Abramson, Kim Austin, Pamela Axelson, Suzy Barnard, Francis Berry, Robert Berry Design, Nancy Caten, Linda Colotti, Daniel Phill, Paul Dyer, Connie Constance Harris, Phillip Hua, Henry Jackson, Walter Kennedy, Carey Lin, David Magnusson, Marti McKee, Keith D. Plymale, Adele Louise Shaw.

100 Cargo Way – SF Bay Railroad Open House, Railroad Demonstration and Goats, FREE

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

The San Francisco Bay Railroad is a Class 3 short-line railroad that serves the City of San Francisco and the Port of San Francisco. Stop by to visit the open house, learn about how railroads work, and view the real-live goats!

Pier 98 – Heron's Head Park and EcoCenter Open House Sustainability Tours, FREE

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Explore the Heron's Head Park and EcoCenter - San Francisco's first 100% off-the-grid building. EcoCenter green building tours will be hosted by City College of San Francisco.


PIER 39 – Sea Lions Lectures on the K-dock, Marine Mammal Center, FREE 

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Learn about the world famous California sea lions and the history of their arrival at PIER 39's K-Dock from Aquarium of the Bay Naturalists. Be sure to stop by the Crystal Geyser ALPINE SPRING WATER Stage to catch a performance from San Francisco's premier street performers.

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Pier 1 – Port of San Francisco Lecture Series, FREE

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Hear about the history and culture of the waterfront including lectures and exhibits from:

  • 11:00 a.m. – Michael Corbett, author of Port City – The History and Transformation of the Port of San Francisco, 1848-2010
  • The history chronicling the rich history of San Francisco’s maritime past. Port City is the first book to tell the comprehensive—and largely unknown—story of the City’s waterfront.  
  • 12:00 p.m. – Jasper Rubin, author of A Negotiated Landscape – The Transformation of San Francisco's Waterfront Since 1950
  • Examines the transformation of San Francisco’s waterfront from 1950 to the turn of the millennium.
  • 1:00 p.m. – Black Buffalo Soldiers – Hear about their contribution to California. 
  • Lecture and Exhibit: Francisco Da Costa, Anthony Powell, Andrew Bozeman, David Wilkin, and Olton Rensch.
  • 1:00 p.m. - John Williams Templeton, author of Come to the Water - sharing the rich black experience in San Francisco. Lecture, film and exhibit.

Pier 1 – Union Labor Film Festival & Exhibit, FREE

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Come view historic union films illustrating the formation of today’s waterfront and San Francisco labor organizations. Films include: 

  • We Are the ILWU (11:00 am) 29 minutes 
  • The Men Who Sailed the Liberty Ships (11:45 am) 1 hour
  • 1934 Strike & Newsreel Footage (3:00 pm) 10 minutes 
  • Bloody Thursday (3:15 pm) 57 minutes

Food & Beverage

Food & Beverage Specials – Participating Restaurants, Port’s Waterfront 

Various Times

Dine at participating restaurants as they celebrate the Port’s 150th Anniversary with specials available to guests along the Port’s 7 ½ miles of waterfront from Hyde St. Pier to Pier 98 & Heron’s Head Park.

The Franciscan at Pier 43 ½ is pleased to offer a special on oysters. “$1.50 for Fresh Oysters on the Shell” 11:30 – 5 pm on Maritime Day, April 28. Pier 43 ½, Fisherman’s Wharf;

Radisson Hotel Fisherman's Wharf - Celebrate the Port's 150th Anniversary on Maritime Day! Special room rates available for Maritime Day visitors at the Radisson Hotel Fisherman's Wharf. Rates from $189.00 including parking* valid for stay dates of April 28-May 1,2013. Book now! at and enter promo code MARDAY. *(a savings of $42.00) *promotional rate is not valid with any other discount; *must book online with promo code or call 415-392-6700 and ask for the Maritime Day Special.

Capurro's San Francisco Fish House, Fisherman's Wharf, 498 Jefferson Street - Enjoy a super Happy Hour 3pm-7pm. Select draft beer and well drinks are just $1.50! Ask about our $3 food items.

Cioppino's on the Wharf, Fisherman's Wharf, 400 Jefferson Street - Enjoy the house-made specialty sangria for just $3, 11am - 10pm.

The Crab Station, Fisherman's Wharf, 2803 Taylor Street - Mention the Port's 150th Anniversary to receive a free drink with your meal.

Hard Rock Café, at Pier 39 - Battle of the Bands

Butterfly, Pier 33 at Bay Street - Enjoy Anchor Steam beer at $5 a bottle & Bloody Mary Oyster Shooters at $1 for lunch, 11am - 3pm.

The Pier 23 Café is pleased to celebrate the Port’s 150th Anniversary and Maritime Day. Enjoy their Pirates Cove specialty drink for just $5 from 3pm-8pm on Maritime Day, April 28. Pier 23;

Sinbad's, Pier 2 behind the Ferry Building - 150¢ Fresh Oysters and 150¢ off any drink or entree.

Epic Roasthouse, Rincon Park - Enjoy a specialty drink, "The Port 150" at just $5 all day starting at 11am.

Waterbar, Rincon Park - Come by for "The SF Splash Hit," a specialty drink for just $5 all day starting at 11:30am.

The HiDive - Drink Special for the 150th Anniversary Week (April 22-April 28) will be a YACHT CLUB MARTINI made with Yacht Club Premium Vodka served chilled & up with a Olive(o)r Twist for $5.00!  Also featuring our Famous FISH TACOS', Pier 28 1/2 (Embarcadero & Bryant);

Java House, Pier 40 at Townsend and Embarcadero - Come try "The Port," a special port selection at just $7 a glass from 7am-5pm or until supply lasts.

The Ramp Restaurant, Pier 66 at Terry Francois Blvd & Mariposa St - Starting at 11am: $1 oysters, 150¢ "Mini Bloody Mary's," and 150¢ hot dogs for kids until 12.


Parking Specials

Priority Parking

All Day

Priority Parking will offer a special $10.00 parking rate atBroadway and Front Street lot.


Events subject to change.


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