If exploring and shopping by foot becomes tiring, hop on any of the local tour boats to cruise out onto the Pacific. It's here that you'll witness the majesty of the Golden Gate Bridge up close and personal. Feel free to appreciate this attraction with an appropriately leashed dog or two as the common area of the Pier is dog-friendly. When you need some clam chowder for sustenance or ice cold pale ale for cooling down, call any restaurants with outdoor seating, as some happily allow dogs on their patios.
Walking around, you'll find little guidance. Cars are not allowed on the Pier, so the common ground is an open, unregulated walkway for fellow adventurers to walk to and fro, experiencing gift shops, local businesses, and eateries. The Pier can feel overwhelming in peak season when the wide walkways become so congested that you're likely to walk shoulder-to-shoulder. For this reason, it may not be an ideal excursion for anxious or people-reactive dogs as they're likely to feel trapped and not have a fun time. Likewise, smaller animals may be better off if held, as they could be stepped on.
Along the entrance of Pier 39 is a public green space which offers gorgeous water views with a lesser amount of crowds. Walkways circle through the green lawn, changing from sidewalk to historic cobblestone, all the while bordering public seating and public artwork.A 10-minute walk from the exciting hustle and bustle of the Pier is Jack Early Park where stunning vistas await with the promise of much more serenity. Jack Early Park is a gem that many of the Pier 39 tourists may not know about or even care to venture to. But the park, although small, is perched atop a small platform, giving you a nearly 360-view of the surrounding area. Climb some concrete stairs off of Grant Avenue and your small burst of exercise will reward you with lovely landscape. Plus, your pup is bound to appreciate the opportunity to exert some energy and flop down beside your feet at the peak.