Today, San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf witnessed the arrival of the beloved Skystar Ferris Wheel from Golden Gate Park. Coinciding with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, the Wheel's relocation is expected to reinvigorate the Wharf, already a popular destination for travelers.
In an announcement made on San Francisco's government website, the Skystar Ferris Wheel's switch to the Fisherman's Wharf region was revealed. The move is particularly timely as APEC attendees have a chance to experience the iconic attractions, including the 150-foot Ferris wheel. From here, riders can enjoy fantastic views of the city, Alcatraz Island, and the Golden Gate Bridge.
While at Golden Gate Park, the Skystar Ferris Wheel, adjacent to popular locales such as the de Young Museum and the Japanese Tea Garden, was an immediate hit. Over 650,000 people visited the wheel during its three-year stint in the park. The community expressed great love and appreciation for the wheel.
The Wheel at Fisherman's Wharf serves not just as an attraction but also as a symbol of the spirited San Francisco community. According to Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin, the sunrise illuminating the Ferris Wheel is evidence that the relocation decision was the right one.
Other cherished attractions, such as the Musée Mechanique and Boudin's bread bowls, will now be joined by the Ferris Wheel, adding excitement to the boardwalk. The Wheel's addition signifies a "renaissance" of Fisherman's Wharf, according to Randall Scott, Executive Director of the Fisherman's Wharf Community Benefit District.
As per the City and County of San Francisco, Pier 39 now hosts the Ferris Wheel, which is the second most visited site in the city, with the Wheel expected to rank ninth out of 35 attractions. This shift appears set to increase visitor traffic and rejuvenate Fisherman's Wharf.
Port Director Elaine Forbes has revealed that the region has experienced various new "murals and activations" with more improvements planned as part of the Fisherman's Wharf Revitalized project. Speaking about the Wheel's relocation, Forbes said, "It's a thrilling ride and symbolizes the ongoing revitalization at the Wharf."
Established in 2020 for Golden Gate Park's 150th anniversary, the Skystar Ferris Wheel left a significant impact. It helped distribute almost 14,000 free tickets to children in collaboration with Rec and Park, along with more than 100 schools and community organizations. This tradition will continue at its new location, with 500 free tickets provided monthly to community organizations.
The successful move and launch illustrate the power of collaborative efforts in city planning and revitalization. CEO Todd Schneider said, "Today is a day of excitement for Skystar and San Francisco," marking a watershed moment in San Francisco's tourism history.