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New views of Fisherman's Wharf.

Most-visited of San Francisco's tourist attractions, Fisherman's Wharf draws up to 12 million people a year. And while getting there by car or cable car can still be exasperating, it is now easier to tour once you've arrived.

You can ride around by horse-drawn carriage, pedicab, or motorized cable car-or see it from the water's edge in a small boat. These are all less tiring ways to indulge out-of-town guests who have this tourist-saturated stretch of waterfront on their San Francisco checklists.

By horse-drawn carriage Carriage Charter, Pier 41. Runs year-round from I to midnight Fridays and Saturdays, I to 10 other days. You ride in a six-passenger horse-drawn carriage and can go west to Ghirardelli Square, south as far as the Hyatt Regency, or on into North Beach. Per-couple costs range from $8 (10-minute wharf tour) to $80 (1-1/4-hour ride). By pedicab. More than 150 pedicab operators now ply the wharf area between about 10 and dusk, most leaving from the Pier 41 area.

Rates are per person; they range from $4 for a run to Ghirardelli Square to $15 for a 1-1/2-hour Chinatown circuit. Be sure to establish route and rate before setting out. Drivers expect a tip. (Note: there have been some complaints about unsafe pedicab driving.)

By motorized cable can Cable Car Charters, Piers 39 and 41. Runs every 30 minutes from 9:30 to 6:30 year-round. The 1-hour tour circuits the wharf, then heads on into Chinatown and Nob Hill. Tickets are $7 for adults, $3 for ages 12 and under.

By inflatable craft. Bay Adventures, Pier 40. Runs waterfront tours year-round in a 17-foot inflatable boat powered by two 30hp outboards. You get a water-level view of the working wharf, alive with returning fishing boats and sea lions barking for whatever part of the catch might spill off the docks.

The morning tour (9:15) lasts 2-1/4 hours and costs $27.50 weekdays, $35 weekends; it takes you under both bridges. The afternoon tours (2:15 and 3:45) last 1-1/4 hours and stick close to the wharf; they cost $16.50, $20 weekends. Reservations are advised: call (415) 456-8411.
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