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Type of Attraction
Buildings & Monuments
Interests That Apply
History, Local Culture, Outdoors, Engineering
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Price: $0-$5
The ticket booth is located on the pier, near the ship.
Is there parking?: Limited
Wheelchair Accessible: Partial
Notes: The visitor center, the pier, and much of the ship is wheelchair accessible; however, some of the lower decks and areas of the ship are not.
Water/Drinks: NOT available at this attraction or nearby.
Eating: This is NOT a good place to get a meal or snack.
Restrooms: Available
Notes: Restrooms are at the visitor's center.
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Historic Ship in Maritime Historic Park

Family Time Off The Beaten Path

Address: Phone:
Hyde Street Pier
(at the corner of Hyde and Jefferson Sts)
San Francisco, CA 94109
+1 415 561 7169


At the end of Hyde Street Pier you will find a National Historic Landmark adding her graceful masts to the maritime skyline. The Balcutha, a steel-hulled, square rigger, was built in Glasgow, Scotland in 1886, and has had a full life, from hauling grain around Cape Horn (it made the trip 17 times!) to starring in the 1935 film Mutiny on the Bounty to beloved tourist attraction. The ship is the last square-rigged vessel in San Francisco Bay, and one of only two left in the entire Pacific. Restored in the 1950s, it's a graceful addition to the Bay. The ship itself is 301 feet long, and the mainmast rises 145 feet into the air. When at sea, a crew of 26 men was needed to handle the complex rigging that managed her 25 sails.

What you should know before visiting Balclutha

Times & Dates

Open Hours: 9:30am-5pm daily
Visit Time: 1hr-2hr
Best Time to Visit: To avoid visiting during a school field trip, arrive early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
Average Wait Time: None
Price: $0-$5
Price Notes: The ticket booth is located on the pier, near the ship.
Discounts Available: Children under 17 (free!)


Outdoor with some covering. Notes: Wear warm clothing--this site can be cold!

Age Recommendations/Requirements

Ages Admitted: Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult
Ages that would most enjoy this attraction: Infants/Toddlers (0-3yrs), Children (4-8yrs), Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Groups that would most enjoy this attraction: Couples, Families, Friends, Groups, Solo Travelers


Best Modes of Transportation: Bus Walking
Notes: The ship sits at the end of the Hyde Street Cable Car turnaround.
Parking Availability: Limited
Notes: There is limited parking near the pier. It is recommended that you park nearby within the city and walk or take public transportation to visit the pier.

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