Fog City Blues
At Pier 39, there are shops, restaurants, a video arcade, street performances, an interpretive center for the Marine Mammal Center, the Aquarium of the Bay, virtual 3D rides, and views of California sea lions hauled out on docks on Pier 39’s marina. The marina is also home to the floating Forbes Island restaurant. A two-story carousel is one of the pier’s more dominant features, although it is not directly visible from the street and sits towards the end of the pier. The family-oriented entertainment and presence of marine mammals make this a popular tourist location for families with kids.
Pier 39 is, to put it plainly, a tourist trap. It’s also a great place to meet reasonably surreptitiously. It’s also a good place to not look out of place, if you normally happen to. If you know what I mean. When you’re watching a guy eat an incandescent light bulb, or a girl juggling a trio of chainsaws, it’s easy to ignore the kid with hair that looks suspiciously like bird feathers.