Who needs a time machine to experience the days of old? How about heading to the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park and getting some hands on lessons on how life used to be along the sea. Located near the wharf, the visitor center is open 7 days a week from 9:30 am to 5 pm, except Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s Day.
Discover the collection of historical ships which includes the 1886 square-rigger Balclutha, 1890 steam ferryboat Eureka, 1890 (circa) San Francisco Bay Ark, 1891 scow schooner Alma, 1895 schooner C. A. Thayer, 1907 steam tug Hercules, 1914 paddlewheel tug Eppleton Hall, and the 1915 steam schooner Wapama. Ranger guided tours are available of the Balclutha, the Eureka & the Hercules. They also offer a sail raising demo on the weekends, call the visitor center at (415) 447-5000 to confirm tour and presentation times.
In the new exhibit “A Walk Along the Waterfront” , located at the visitor center, a guest can stroll into the past to absorb some of the sounds, sights and textures that were experienced when high sea adventure was a common means of travel and commerce. Share with your children the importance of protecting our nation’s history with this wonderful opportunity to appreciate maritime treasures and historical artifacts so lovingly preserved.
Have some young ones with you? Kids ages 5 to 12 may become a junior ranger by picking up an activity book at the ticket booth or visitor center. By completing the list of challenges and then checking in with a ranger, each child can receive an honorary junior ranger badge for their efforts.
So investigate the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park with your family to feel the mist of the Pacific and explore our nation’s past.