The Ferry Building itself is a piece of San Francisco’s history. Inside the main entrance are photos, artifacts, and text detailing the structure’s history and renovation. The shops inside the building are not part of the farmers market (though some do sell their products at our markets), but many of them highlight local and sustainable food. Learn more about the Ferry Building »
Ride the ferry! It’s a great way to see the Bay and get to other destinations without using a car. Ferries traveling from the Ferry Building to Oakland, Sausalito, Angel Island, Vallejo, and other destinations are operated by Blue and Gold Fleet and Golden Gate Ferry.
Around the Ferry Building and along the Embarcadero is an array of public art and historic markers. Learn more about important events in the history of San Francisco, from the earthquake and fire of 1906 to the significance of the waterfront, through the Historic and Interpretive Signage Project. Or enjoy the symbolism of the Promenade Ribbon Project that stretches down 2.5 miles of the Embarcadero, with a descriptive plaque located right in from of the Ferry Building. Learn more at the San Francisco Arts Commission website »
Just a short stroll south from the Ferry Building brings one to more art and information at Pier 14. Maintained by the Port of San Francisco, there is information at the entrance about the fish of the Bay, a “Boats on the Bay” mural and poetry along the pier, and of course a fantastic panoramic view at the end. In addition, a rotating art installation appears at the entrance to the pier. Learn more at the Port of San Francisco »
San Francisco Railway Museum and Gift Shop
Visit the small museum and gift shop, housed in the same room across the Embarcadero from the Ferry Building. Manager John Hogan will lead educational activities for your class if you contact him in advance: 415.974.1948 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more at Market Street Railway »
For the more than 40 years, the Exploratorium has offered hands-on exhibits involving science, art, and human perception in San Francisco. In 2013, the Exploratorium relocated to Pier 15 on the Embarcadero at Green Street. There are 150 new exhibits for a total of 600, indoors and out, including many beloved classics, a Bay Observatory, a bigger focus on tinkering and social science, and more. Learn more at the Exploratorium »