Aquatic Park is a very,very nice area to enjoy the Bay yet is adjacent to all the Fishermans Wharf action. It lies between Ghiradelli Square and the water. This is the place almost all the nearby locals tend to visit when on their own.
Besides relaxing on nice grassy knolls you can swim with the Polar Bear club in Aquatic Cove, watch your kids play on the little beach, listen to the drummers often found at the grandstand, walk Aquatic Park Pier at the end of Van Ness, visit the old SF Maritime National Historic Museum, drink an Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista, watch tourists at the cable car turn around, place Bocce Ball and much more. It’s a great place to just hang out!