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Alcatraz Cruises Partners With Other Waterfront Attractions To Introduce Winter On The Waterfront

February 2, 2018 Visit USA No Comments Email Email

This winter, San Francisco’s waterfront is a playground full of hidden amusements; an opportunity to experience easy adventures typically reserved for vacations. Together with other Bayfront attractions, Alcatraz Cruises is launching Winter on the Waterfront, in which locals and visitors alike can enjoy discounted offers while engaging in some of San Francisco’s most coveted attractions without crowds and lines. Visit to secure coupons and instructions for redeeming these special offers, available until March 5, 2018.

So, pack up your day bag or overnight satchel and let the ride begin.

Here are some of the specials visitors can look forward to…

Alcatraz Cruises ~

Alcatraz Cruises invites visitors to experience why the island is San Francisco’s number one destination.

Many envision Alcatraz Island as “The Rock” in the Bay, and we’ve all seen some of the blockbuster movies like “The Rock” and “Escape from Alcatraz,” but now visitors can experience the attraction with a special offer. Available on select dates through February, the one-time Buy One Get One free promotion is available to locals only and includes two tickets for the price of one. For others, book tickets any time between now and March 5, 2018 to receive a free large hot beverage as well as a souvenir photo. Guests must print out coupons from the Winter on the Waterfront website ( 

Pier Market Seafood Restaurant ~

Visit Pier Market Seafood Restaurant for the views, the mesquite grilled seafood, and the Local’s Special, which is 15% off your meal.

Pier Market Seafood Restaurant on PIER 39 exemplifies why San Francisco is a world-class dining destination.  The menu has been redesigned while continuing to showcase all sustainable seafood offerings aligned with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s “Seafood Watch” guidelines, which include fresh sustainable seafood, hand cut and mesquite grilled as well as award-winning clam chowder, garlic roasted Dungeness crab, Anchor Steam beer battered Fish N Chips and complimentary sourdough bread. The acclaimed cuisine is now enhanced by the completion of extensive dining room renovations. In addition, guests will enjoy extraordinary views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the famous PIER 39 Sea Lions.

Madame Tussauds San Francisco ~

Another Buy One Get One free offer, Madame Tussauds is presenting an opportunity to get closer to the most popular icons… and no barriers! Meet the Bay Area legends who have shaped the city; step onto the court to shoot hoops with Steph Curry or jam on stage with Jimi Hendrix to experience the full “Spirit of San Francisco.” Brainstorm with tech leaders, like Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs, who have transformed our world. Or, strike a pose with Beyoncé, hang with Taylor, and sparkle center stage with Adele. Get behind the camera with Steven Spielberg, and then cozy up to George Clooney on the sofa. Taking the perfect selfie with your heroes has never been so easy!

Hotel Zephyr ~

For those that want to stay and play on the Waterfront this Winter, the Hotel Zephyr is offering rates that start as low as $159. The 40% discounted rates are a great opportunity to enjoy all the hotel’s entertaining amenities with no facility fee.

The hotel’s stylish guest rooms are outfitted with fun elements such as dart boards, backgammon in select rooms and other modern amenities along with views of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, PIER 39 and the Bay Bridge. Spirited guests will enjoy the open community spaces throughout the property, inclusive of the hotel’s 1,610-square-foot Game Room that features an interactive art exhibit through Smart TVs, pool and ping pong as well as an 8,000-square-foot outdoor lounge and event space – The Yard, which includes fire pits, shuffleboard and life-sized games such as Connect Four and San Francisco’s largest working periscope.

Aquarium of the Bay at PIER 39 ~

During the Winter on the Waterfront promotion, everyone will receive the Child price to get up close and personal with bat rays, river otters and Bay Lab programs.

Aquarium of the Bay at PIER 39 boasts 300 feet of crystal clear acrylic tunnels holding 700,000 gallons of carefully maintained Bay water that surrounds visitors with approximately 20,000 animals that live in the Bay and nearby waters, from octopuses to eight-foot sevengill sharks. Guests are also treated to mesmerizing walls of jellies, Tahoe and his River otter buddies and a chance to have hands-on encounters with leopard sharks, bat rays, skates and other “splash zone” animals.

Aquarium of the Bay is a Smithsonian Affiliate and accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.  As part of Bay.Org, the mission is to protect, restore and inspire the conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed, from the Sierra to the sea.

Fog Harbor Fish House ~

Locals know that the People’s Choice award-winning chowder is served at Fog Harbor, along with waterfront views and 15% off your meal!

Fog Harbor Fish House is a local PIER 39 restaurant offering the quintessential San Francisco waterfront dining experience.  Guests can take in award-winning views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz while dining on San Francisco style favorites like fresh Dungeness crab, cioppino and sesame-crusted ahi tuna, in addition to the restaurant’s award-winning clam chowder made from scratch daily and served with complimentary sourdough bread, which is baked in-house every 30 minutes.

Created by the family who developed PIER 39, the restaurant’s history spans over three decades and includes three generations.  Family owned and operated, guests can expect to meet members of the Simmons Family in our dining room.  Fog Harbor Fish House is committed to the preservation of the ocean and its fisheries and boasts the first 100% sustainable seafood restaurant on Fisherman’s Wharf, which features only sustainable seafood following the guidelines of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program and Aquarium of the Bay. 

San Francisco Dungeon ~

Interact with the history of San Francisco and take advantage of the Local Buy One Get One offer!

The San Francisco Dungeon brings to life the stories of old San Francisco with a full theatrical cast, state-of-the-art special effects and gripping storytelling in 360-degree sets. Laugh and scream (all at the same time!) with the characters in live actor led shows while embarking on a journey through the grisly and authentic history of the Bay Area. At the end of the tour, face an exhilarating “jump” from Alcatraz into the waters of the Bay on the new Escape Alcatraz drop ride.

Hornblower Classic Cable Cars ~

Start your winter adventure at Embarcadero BART station and hop on the Hornblower Classic Cable Car (HCCC) for a free shuttle along the waterfront, complete with multiple selfie opportunities!  Shuttles leave Market Street at 9:15am10:25am, and 11:35am and stop at Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing, PIER 39, and the HCCC ticket center at the corner of Mason & Jefferson streets in Fisherman’s Wharf.

In addition, enjoy touring the key landmarks of San Francisco from the comfort of the motorized classic cable car by reserving spots on one of the iconic SF Experience City Tours and get 25% off!

These famous trolleys depart Fisherman’s Wharf for the landmark gems of the Bay Area. Listen to informative narration from a professional guide and disembark at several locations to explore on foot.  Riding the motorized cable cars is an ideal way to get to know your City and beyond!

Winter on the Waterfront Free Shuttle Pick-up/Drop-off Locations:
Shuttles leave Market St at 9:15am10:25am, and 11:35am

Embarcadero BART – White Loading Zone on Market Street (side of Hyatt Hotel)
Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing – White Loading Zone
PIER 39 – White Loading Zone
HCCC Ticketing Center – 2766 Taylor Street

BARTable ~

BARTable is BART’s fun website filled with all things that are BARTable (as in, close to BART stations). Experience some of the best things to do in the Bay Area, like Winter on the Waterfront, but avoid nasty traffic and hard-to-find parking.

On, you’ll find special discounts, weekly ticket giveaways and contests, a comprehensive events calendar and articles pointing you to new favorite waterfront restaurants, the best place to interact with celebrities, cruising to Alcatraz, cool places to stay while touring the Bay and more.

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