Get ready to check the City by the Bay off your bucket list at the 2019 United Airlines Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon San Francisco!
This rockin' boutique event is set in the heart of San Francisco, putting you only a quick walk or streetcar ride ride away from the city's most popular attractions. Explore Fisherman's Wharf, enjoy a Ghirardelli Chocolate hot fudge sundae, carbo load on award-winning chowder, visit the world-famous PIER 39 sea lions and much more!
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Top 3 Things to Do at Fisherman's Wharf
1. Explore new culinary delights at Ghirardelli Square
Ghirardelli Square's food scene has surged in 2018. You can satisfy all your pre and post-run cravings in the historic center. Stop by the cheese counter at The Cheese School of San Francisco or grab a quick bite from their café. Grilled cheese anyone? The newest addition to the area is Pico, serving authentic Mexican street food. For the cherry-on-top of your post-run Sunday, enjoy the classic Ghirardelli Chocolate hot fudge sundae.
2. Embark on a treasure hunt adventure and get the booty
For a perfect evening activity or post-marathon celebration pick up a free 'Bars & Attractions Treasure Hunt at the Wharf' Treasure Map at any of the 19 participating bars and attractions in Fisherman's Wharf. Collect stamps from each of the stops on the map. When you reach eight stamps or more you win ‘the treasure,’ a golden metal pub glass, which brags, “I Got the Booty!”. The activity is ongoing and can be done in a single day or over multiple days. The 19 participating bars and attractions span from Ghirardelli Square to PIER 39, a hidden tiki bar, the Aquarium of the Bay, Madame Tussauds, a WWII submarine, and more. The map also provides discount admission to area attractions.
3. Indulge in Fisherman's Wharf's award-winning chowder
Every October the chefs of Fisherman's Wharf go to battle armed with pots and ladles at the annual Wharf Fest Chowder Competition. At this year's competition, 11 of the top neighborhood restaurants served up their chowder creations to a panel of esteemed judges and over 700 festival-goers. First place for the Judges' Choice went to Cioppino's, who served a traditional New England style clam chowder. For the People's Choice award, Fog Harbor Fish House won by a landslide with their crab and clam chowder. Stop by Cioppino's and Fog Harbor Fish House to sample their all-star chowders and other Italian style seafood dishes. Both are a great choice for pre-run carb-loading.
The Golden Gate Bridge
The "bridge that couldn't be built" is SF's most famous landmark. Opening in 1937 and getting more than 10 million visitors per year, you'll have your own rockin' tour when you cross the bridge by foot next April. Make sure you stop and take a selfie once you get to Vista Point and capture that perfect running moment and the best views of the bridge!
San Francisco's most visited attraction. PIER 39 has two levels of 100+ restaurants, shops, attractions and offers live daily entertainment. The pier is also home to the world-famous sea lions, that can be seen working on their tan all along the docks. Check out some of the top dining and other attractions in PIER 39 below.
One-Of-A-Kind Waterfront Dining Experiences at PIER 39
PIER 39 is known for serving up some of the freshest and most delicious seafood dishes. With 14 full-service restaurants (soon to be 16 with the addition of Whalburgers and Rangoon Ruby in 2019), you can enjoy an array of global cuisines, as well as San Francisco classics like clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl and fresh seafood. Paired with fine California wines and stunning views of the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, Alcatraz Island and the San Francisco city skyline, you’re guaranteed to have a dining experience you won’t forget!
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant & Market: Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant & Market captures the charm and American spirit that made Paramount Pictures' Forrest Gump such a hit. The restaurant presents quality seafood in a casual family atmosphere, just the way Forrest and his best friend Bubba would have done it. The restaurant design includes Forrest Gump movie memorabilia, including script pages, storyboards, costumes, shoes, still photos and scrawled "Gump-isms" on every varnished tabletop.
Chart House: Located at the Bay End of PIER 39, Chart House provides the kind of waterfront setting for which San Francisco is famous. Indulge in a variety of ultra- fresh seafood and steaks, from delicious Wicked Tuna and Scallops Italia, to Chart House’s Famous Slow-Roasted Prime Rib, as you bask in unsurpassed views of San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and beyond.
Crab House at PIER 39: The Crab House is known for its mouth-watering, addictive, crab menu, including sizzling crab legs, crab chowder, crab Caesar, crab enchilada, crab cakes and more! A must try on the menu? The "Killer Crab®," a whole crab roasted in a secret garlic sauce.
Eagle Cafe: Perched above the PIER 39 Entrance Plaza, Eagle Cafe has a colorful and historic past. A waterfront landmark cafe and bar, Eagle Cafe has been a haven for the local wharf population since 1928. A purveyor of bountiful breakfasts, lunches and dinners, it continues to draw a wild mix of customers, from local business people to tourists and everyone in between.
Fog Harbor Fish House: Fog Harbor Fish House was the first 100% seafood sustainable restaurant at Fisherman’s Wharf, in compliance with the San Francisco Seafood Watch Alliance. The popular restaurant offers superb service, irresistible food, incredible views of San Francisco Bay and fresh sourdough bread baked in-house every fifteen minutes. Full bar.
Hana Zen Japanese Grill: Enjoy expansive views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island, friendly service, and an open, lively atmosphere. In addition to using fresh seafood and vegetables that are delivered daily, Hana Zen uses only the highest quality meat like naturally grown, free-range chicken, lamb and Kobe beef. An ideal setting for a lunch escape, an after work gathering or an evening dining experience.
Hard Rock Cafe: At Hard Rock Cafe you can get more than just a great meal—you can experience a one-of-a-kind Rock 'n' Roll atmosphere with more than 250 pieces of memorabilia and the latest music while you enjoy classic American fare served up hot, fresh and sure to rock your taste buds!
Luigi's Pizzeria: Luigi's Pizzeria offers a full Italian-style menu featuring pizza, pasta and a delicious fresh salad bar. Enjoy your meal while experiencing a great view of San Francisco Bay in a friendly, casual atmosphere. Serves wine and beer.
Mango’s Taqueria & Cantina: Mango’s Taqueria & Cantina offers visitors the unique opportunity to enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine, all while taking in amazing views of the city and the Bay from their outside deck.
Pier Market Seafood Restaurant: Pier Market Seafood Restaurant (which is also a 100% seafood sustainable restaurant) is best known for its award-winning clam chowder and mesquite grill dishes. Pier Market’s indoor and outdoor seating areas and welcoming staff give Pier Market a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. The Pier Market Crab stand is located in front and serves food "to-go".
Players Sports Grill & Arcade: Players Sports Grill & Arcade is San Francisco's only waterfront arcade and sports grill. Players, located at the Bay end of PIER 39, boasts 12,000 square feet of dining, games, drinks and Bay views. Players has that familiar sports bar buzz featuring 200+ channels and live sports feeds from around the globe on 20 HDTV screens, 16 taps of beer, a great bar menu, video games, pool tables, a full prize center, and more.
Luau Lounge Tiki Bar: Discover the Luau Lounge Tiki Bar San Francisco’s only waterfront Tiki Bar in the back of Players Sports Grill & Arcade.
Swiss Louis Italian & Seafood Restaurant: This classic San Francisco Italian-style restaurant features a beautiful contemporary space with natural wood finishes and stone to reflect the radiance of the Northern California coastline. The restaurant welcomes you with a beautiful graphite bar and approximately 7,900 square feet of spacious, yet cozy dining, as well as a lovely private room surrounded by dramatic windows offering magnificent views for groups and private parties.
Wipeout Bar & Grill: Experience a great meal and a unique California Surf-themed restaurant at Wipeout Bar & Gill. This restaurant features indoor and outdoor dining and serves a variety of casual entrees, including 100% sustainable seafood, burgers and tacos. Stay indoors to catch up on the latest in the surfing world on the flat screen TVs or head outside to the patio and gather around the fire pit. Full bar.
The Plunge, coming to PIER 39 in 2019, will rotate twelve riders at a time, forty feet up a spire, providing a magnificent 360-degree panoramic view of the San Francisco Bay. Suddenly, passengers plummet through a centrifuge of weightlessness and rotating joy! Just as riders are about to catch their breath – and their stomach – they are shot skyward toward the top of the spire once again, then plummet back down. The bouncing, spinning and plunging will keep fun-seekers coming back for more!
The Flyer - San Francisco
The Flyer – San Francisco—the world’s first and only flying theater attraction in 3D—has landed at PIER 39 in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. The Flyer – San Francisco immerses guests of all ages, taking them soaring over the biggest attractions and iconic landmarks throughout the City and the surrounding Bay Area, with views that have never been seen before.
Ride the Cable Cars, Streetcars and BART
Leave your car at home! Public transportation is cheap, gets you anywhere you need to go in the city and makes you feel like a true local as you explore San Francisco. Also be sure to jump onto San Francisco’s famed cable cars—and leave time for a visit to the Cable Car Museum, where we you can see the engines and winding wheels at work moving the underground cables that pull the cars throughout the city. You can even take a piece of formerly used cable home with you as a souvenir!
Hearts in San Francisco
In 2004, 131 hearts were created for the Hearts of San Francisco Project. The hearts were created by local Bay Area artists and were placed throughout the city and displayed to the public, later being auctioned off as a fundraiser to support the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation. Check them out across the city and on the Rock 'n' Roll San Francisco course this April!