First of all, it must be said that Pier 39 is a tourist trap. That being said, it is a fun place to go. As the name implies, it is a pier filled with shops and attractions of all types. There are also all sorts of places to eat- from counter service crab cakes, ice cream, crepes, and sour dough bread to chain restaurants and more elegant sit down restaurants. Near the end of the pier sea lions have taken residence and the sight is smelly, loud, and wonderful to see. The views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge are wonderful at the end of the pier. Although it is touristy, Pier 39 is worth a visit.