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The Wave Organ

Monument / Landmark and Scenic Lookout · Marina District
1 Yacht Rd (at Lyon St), San Francisco, CA 94123, United States
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    • 10:00 AM–1:00 PM
    • 4:00 PM–6:00 PM
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    • 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
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    • Noon–6:00 PM
  • Sat–Sun
    • 8:00 AM–8:00 PM
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    • Noon–6:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 4:00 PM–5:00 PM
    • 7:00 PM–8:00 PM

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  • What you need to know
    Amy H.
    "Make sure to go at high tide or full moon for the best sound!"(10 Tips)
    Tyler M.
    "... place to watch a full moon... but beware of crystal-toting new agers!"(3 Tips)
    "Completed by two artists in 1986, it includes 25 organ pipes!"(2 Tips)
    Rita L.
    "10 minute walk from the parking lot"(2 Tips)
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  • Patience S.

    It gets pretty windy, so bring a jacket.

    Patience S · August 5
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  • Adrian C.

    Really cool lookout point! Go during high tide to get the best effect.

    Adrian Chen · May 21
  • The Ritz-Carlton

    Visit the other-worldly Wave Organ, located on a jetty at the small Boat Harbor in the Marina district of San Francisco. Through a series of pipes, visitors can listen to the sounds of the Bay.

    The Ritz-Carlton · November 4, 2014
  • Rita L.

    A 10 minute walk from the parking lot, walk all the way you the end and you'll see it! Doesn't make much sound when it's not high tide...

    Rita L · October 25, 2014
  • George H.

    Try to go during hightide.

    George Hayes · August 18, 2014
  • Alyssa F.

    My favorite place to chill out in the city. Walk or ride your bike here and enjoy the gorgeous 360 views of the San Francisco Bay.

    Alyssa Foote · July 20, 2014
  • Darren N.

    Great view but the organ sucks. Doesn't really work at all.

    Darren Naude · December 17, 2013
  • Mishell P.

    Don't park in the parking lot closest to the yacht club - it floods @ high tide. Walk all the way to the end of the peninsula past the club to get here.

    Mishell Paulino · June 5, 2013
  • TheExplainers

    Notice all the lichen growing on the old cemetery granite and marble.

    TheExplainers · January 4, 2013
  • Jesse C.

    Basically always breezy. Take a windbreaker or a good coat. Totally great spot for checking out Fourth of July fireworks or watching the Blue Angels during Fleet Week.

    Jesse Casman · May 24, 2012
  • Mallory

    This place is awwwesome. Check it out when the tide is coming in.

    Mallory · April 22, 2012

    Come at high tide or on a full moon, and you too might hear sounds of the Flying Dutchman trying to send messages to port.

    SF BRAVO! CLUB · October 19, 2011
  • Amy H.

    Make sure to go at high tide or full moon for the best sound!

    Amy H · September 18, 2011
  • Exploratorium

    Did you know the Wave Organ is an Exploratorium exhibit? Completed by two artists in 1986, it includes 25 organ pipes! Come at high tide when the Wave Organ sounds best. Read more below for more info. Read more

    Exploratorium · August 16, 2011
  • Mark B.

    Go when it is high tide for a great tune!

    Mark Brenneman · August 15, 2011
  • Guo Wei H.

    wave organ only works to a certain extent otherwise the view and waves make up for the atmosphere.

    Guo Wei Ho · June 2, 2011
  • Siv

    A really romantic spot to sit and listen to & watch the waves crashing.

    Siv · January 18, 2011
  • Nymo

    Being here on a high tide is definitely a must-do, but even when it's not, it's an absolutely beautiful and relatively unknown spot to tourists and locals alike, especially on a nice clear day.

    Nymo · November 9, 2010
  • Tyler M.

    favorite place to watch a full moon... but beware of crystal-toting new agers!

    Tyler Moselle · September 11, 2010
  • E Jacob L.

    High Tide Times: Read more

    E Jacob Lindstrom · June 30, 2010
  • Gahlord D.

    Record the sound of this at high tide.

    Gahlord Dewald · July 31, 2009

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