Top things to do, and places to see!
When in SF, you must find yourself planning for the most popular San Francisco things to do. But exactly what are they? And why would you want to do them?
Why? Because you haven't really experiences San Francisco unless you do or go to at least one of these activities or attractions.
Of course, you must also do your own thing and step away from the crowd, but I'm just sayin...You wouldn't want to miss these San Francisco things to do!
The Cable Car is one of the symbols of SF. Thus, it only makes sense to be a part of the things that symbolize San Francisco if you'd like the ultimate SF experience.
I suggest you choose this mode of transportation over your boring old car because first of all, you're going to get lost...in the one-ways and the no parking zones...And if you're a first timer, you might just get irritated, haha.
And besides, taking the Cable Car is quite fun and different! You get to ride along the streets while you sight see and feel the breeze going through your awesome, awesome hair.
It may cost about $6 for the cable car and $2 for the Munis to take you to your destinations ONE WAY but there are special day passes that can get you an unlimited amount of rides for those days. And of course I'll let you know how to get a deal and save some bucks below k?
...Anyway, The Muni can take you to the following San Francisco things to do hotspots: Golden Gate Bridge (28 or 29 bus), Fisherman's Wharf (15 or 30 bus), Chinatown (30,45, 15 bus), Union Square (2,3,4,30,45,38 bus), Haight Ashbury (6,7,33,37,43 bus), Cliff House (18 bus), and the Golden Gate Park! (71 bus).
You can catch them at the following locations: Market & Powell, Beach & Hyde, Bay & Taylor, and Ness Avenue at Market St.
Ok, you probably already so that coming. But really though...You HAVE to go here. It's the main symbol of our city! Shame on you if you don't!
Walking along the Golden Gate Bridge belongs in the top San Francisco Things to Do because it clearly is an amazing experience walking across the stunning height of that bridge. Plus, aren't you wondering if it really is gold or not? Haha.
P.S. The Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise (more below) will take you for a cruise under the bridge if you don't feel like walkin'. ;)
You most likely have heard about the infamous maximum prison that the great criminal master Al Capone escaped from.
This maximum security penetentiary have been a popular tourist attraction for many of those that visit San Francisco and it continues to amaze San Franciso locals.
You certainly have to take part in this wonderful journey when you're in the area because of the amazing feeling you'll experience when you step foot among the concrete floors of which the most dangerous were held captive.
So of course, this has got to be on your list of San Francisco things to do!
P.S. The Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise (more below) will take you around the island if you feel like just cruisin around it ;).
Fisherman's Wharf seems like a never-ending long block of restaurants, shops, street performers, and attractions.
Pier 39 is a part of Fisherman's Wharf where you can see tons of sea lions along with numerous amounts of shops, restaurants, and family-friendly attractions!
Across Pier 39, you can also get a glimpse of Alcatraz Island. Along with sightseeing, I encourage you to eat at one of their restaurants, my favorite there being Wipeout Bar & Grill.
Also, do shop at their shops as you'll find some very interesting, unique merchandise!
At Pier 39, there are carousels, performances, and some very fun attractions including a mirror maze and Aquarium of the Bay. The aquarium is certainly one of the San Francisco Things to Do if you're in Pier 39 because you'll get to experience San Francisco's waterlife! It's very popular among tourists and locals, and entrance can be cheap...if you know where to look for good deals! (I'll tip you on these deals below ;).
Hey, you think we just party all night at the clubs in San Francisco? Nah...We party it up in the museums too!
For instance, California Academy of Sciences offers nightlife fun on Thursdays, serving cocktails and providing live music to visitors. It also has some of the most amazing displays like the indoor rainforest featured on the left!
The Exploratorium is a wonderful museum that kids of all ages can enjoy. It's full of fun artifacts, geometrical and scientific mysteries, and other interesting displays!
If you're the art-sy type, then I suggest you visit the SFMOMA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
If you wanna see beautiful works of art, amazing architectural displays and landscape, then the de Young Museum will surely leave you in awe. :)
These museums rank in our San Francisco things to do because they'll be sure to intrigue your senses while leaving you with fun-filled, memorable experiences!
Other things that should be on your San Francisco things to do list are to pig out at San Francisco Restaurants and go to a couple of San Francisco Dance Clubs. I also suggest you visit Chinatown and the Japanese Tea Garden located at the Golden Gate Park!.
There are also a few San Francisco Beaches that you should certainly visit :).
See you around,
Your friendly, local SF travel guide ;).
I know we're all trying to save money when it comes to travelling, and CityPass is a great way to do almost all of the San Francisco Things to Do discussed above.
You can visit 3 museums, the Aquarium of the Bay, go on a tour cruise, and have a 7 day Cable Car/Muni passport all at a combined discounted price. You'll save lots of money...that you can use to buy me a gift and say thanks, haha jk. :)