Ferry Building

Neighborhood: Embarcadero


For much of the early 20th century, nobody traversed the Bay without going through the Ferry Building. At its peak in the 1930s, it was the second-busiest travel hub in the world, shuttling more than 50,000 people both to and from San Francisco each day.

When the city built its famous Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, ferry travel dropped dramatically and the building suffered for decades. City officials took notice and renovated the Embarcadero over the ‘90s, helping transform the Ferry Building into a world-class food market focusing on local artisan creations. Today, it remains an iconic landmark of the waterfront (and a popular establishing shot for movies set in San Francisco).

Join us on a wondrous trip through the centerpiece of the shoreline. We’ll spend time walking the Embarcadero, as well as exploring the gorgeous nave and shops of the building. Be amazed at the wholesale transformation of one of San Francisco’s most important structures — and catch a view of the Bay to die for.

Next Tours

  • Wednesday, June 23 at 12:00 pm given by Anne HitzSign Up
  • Friday, June 25 at 10:00 am given by Robin SeeleySign Up
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  • Tuesday, July 6 at 12:00 pm given by Armando FoxSign Up
  • Friday, July 16 at 2:00 pm given by Robin SeeleySign Up
  • Saturday, July 24 at 12:00 pm given by Susan SpellmanSign Up
  • Tuesday, July 27 at 12:00 pm given by Armando FoxSign Up
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Tuesday at noon, Saturdays at 10AM


Tour Length: Approximately 1 hour


Meet at the main entrance, near the stairs to the 2nd Floor. Public transportation: MUNI F/Market, 14/Mission; MUNI Metro/BART Embarcadero Station. Lots of stairs; elevator available.


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Please note: Private groups tours required for groups of 8 or more.