Contrary to popular belief, the man who built the first ship didn't do so to explore strange new lands, but to simply invent fancier names for "right" and "left". Celebrate this historic creation with this Groupon.
$30 for a one-year San Francisco Maritime National Park Association Shipmate membership (a $60 value)
- Unlimited entry for members, one guest, and all children in their household ages 12 and under into the ships at Hyde Street Pier and into the USS Pampanito World War II Submarine & Memorial at historic Pier 45.
- Two exclusive invitations to the members' annual event
- 15% off gift memberships
- Association publications
San Francisco Maritime National Park Association
The San Francisco Maritime National Park Association welcomes boating enthusiasts and history buffs alike to board antique ships—including a 1930s sloop yacht, an 1890 steamboat, and a nineteenth-century wooden-hulled scow schooner—docked at piers in and around the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. The association even lays claim to a pristine World War II submarine, the USS Pampanito, which sees more than 110,000 visitors every year and boasts National Historic Landmark status for its world-class example of maritime preservation. They've even restored and repaired the equipment inside to full operation for an immersive and realistic experience. Another huge draw is the Balclutha, a moored 1886 square-rigged tall ship with three massive masts.
The land-locked Maritime Museum, housed inside a WPA-built structure designed to look like an ocean liner, keeps the seafaring fun going with hands-on activities and exhibits that explore the city's nautical past. In addition to answering questions and helming educational programs, staff members also recruit volunteers to pitch in aboard and around the old ships, where they can learn firsthand how to care for museum pieces, practice public speaking skills, and memorize nautical terms that will help make their stories of pirate heritage way more believable.